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Butterfly Hero logoJoin the National Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
and help Sunrise reach our goals!

1. Install Butterfly Friendly Plants
2. Certify your NWF Wildlife Habitat Garden
3. Enjoy the butterflies!


The City of Sunrise invites you to be Good and Green by conserving resources and practicing stewardship. A great way to do this is by adding butterfly-friendly plants to your landscape at home, school or work.  

There are more than 3,000 certified environmentally friendly landscapes throughout Broward County. In Sunrise,we currently have over 170 certified habitats. Be a butterfly hero by installing butterfly-friendly plants and then certifying your yard with the National Wildlife Federation to help Sunrise achieve points toward becoming a Community Wildlife Habitat®!

Certified Schools in Sunrise: All Saints Catholic, Bair Middle, Franklin Academy, Nob Hill Elementary, Piper High, Sandpiper Elementary, Sawgrass Elementary, Village Elementary, Welleby Elementary, and Westpine Middle.

Thank you to our local business community that have certified: American Express, BB&T Center, Lake Shore Plaza II, Lester's Diner, and Mattress Firm.  

Explore the City properties that are certified by using the arrow on the map below, and click the information icon to learn more about each property. 


Why are butterflies important? 

Butterflies are pollinators that are important to our ecosystem and to agriculture – did you know that the production of 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat depends on pollinators?

Butterfly and other pollinator populations are in decline and YOU can make a difference! For example, the monarch butterfly, whose populations have declined 90% over the last decade, need Milkweed or Butterfly Weed which are plants with pretty red, yellow or white flowers. Butterflies need nectar from flowering plants, and they need host plants for the hungry caterpillars. Each type of butterfly likes certain plants. To help you get started, here are three plants that support seven butterflies!

Plant these 3 flowers...
Milkweed
Passion Flower or Corky Stem vines
Bahama Cassia 
  To Attract 7 types of butteflies!
Gulf Fritillary
Cloudless Sulfur
Monarch
Orange-Barred Sulphur
Queen
Zebra Longwing

Useful Resources for Sustainable Landscaping and Butterfly Gardens 

Plant Finder Tools 

Planting the "Right Plant, Right Place" is the key to a sustainable garden or landscape. Use these resources to help.

Have a specific gardening question or an ailing plant?  
  • You can email MasterGardener@broward.org with your questions! It is helpful to include a photo and a pencil next to the plant to provide indication of size.
  • Prefer talking to someone? Bring your ailing plant (or a cutting) to one of the six Master Gardener Service Centers located throughout the County. The days and hours of service vary, so call the park of your choice to find out its schedule. Nearby locations are:
  • C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines 954-357-5170 
  • Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill 954-357-5400 
  • Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 954-357-5135
Attend a monthly gardening workshop!
  • The Broward Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association monthly meetings often feature wonderful guest speakers. 
  • Vet Gardens workshops are held by Master Gardeners who are local Veterans. Workshops are held at the  VA Clinic in Sunrise (9800 West Commercial Boulevard). For information, call 954-475-5500.

NEED HELP? 

If you are interested in adding butterfly-friendly plants or other wildlife habitats to the landscape at your school, workplace, or community and need guidance, information about getting certified, or to request an educational presentation, contact:
Last updated: 10/16/2019 10:44:56 AM