Join the National Million Pollinator Challenge
The City of Sunrise is a certified Community Wildlife Habitat! Help us continue our efforts:
- Plant Florida-friendly native plants
- Reduce the use of pesticides
- Certify your NWF Wildlife Habitat Garden
- Enjoy the butterflies and birds!
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 4,500 certified environmentally friendly landscapes throughout Broward County. In Sunrise, we have over 200 certified habitats.
Explore the City properties that are certified by viewing our ESRI Storymap.
Certified Schools in Sunrise include: All Saints Catholic, Bair Middle, Discovery Elementary, 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.
You can Be A Butterfly Hero too by installing butterfly-friendly plants and certifying your yard with the National Wildlife Federation and you will help Sunrise achieve points toward becoming a Community Wildlife Habitat®!
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...
|To Attract 7 types of butteflies!
Useful Resources for Sustainable Landscaping and Butterfly Gardens
- Broward County’s Naturescape Program has many resources to help you create a NatureScape.
- You do not have to have a big yard - you can create a habitat on a patio or balcony space.
- Butterflies are not the only habitat you can plant. Attract birds and songbirds by planting native plants and trees in your yard. NatureScape Broward Flyer (pdf)
- National Wildlife Federation Wildlife How to Create a Habitat
- Useful tips for Florida-Friendly Landscaping design and maintenance contracts, property managers and HOAs.
- South Florida Water Management's landscaping website and the illustrated "Waterwise South Florida Landscapes" publication has great tips for design and maintenance for a water conserving landscape and a handy reference for native and Florida Friendly plants, trees, palms and shrubs.
- Broward Parks hosts a Summer Home Landscaping Series of FREE workshops in August at Secret Woods Nature Center.
Plant Finder Tools
Planting the "Right Plant, Right Place" is the key to a sustainable garden or landscape. Use these resources to help.
- Need help selecting the right tree, shrub, or flowers? Check out this Plant Finder Tool
- Enter your zipcode on the Natives for Your Neighborhood website to get a list of recommended plants.
- Looking for native plants, Broward Parks host Native Plant Sales throughout the summer.
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.
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: