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Herbs for a Butterfly Garden


Course Code: AH0206WA20

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on a pink flower

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Last Held: May 27, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Please join the online course at 12:45pm EST (15 minutes before the start time).

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In addition to being beautiful and majestic, butterflies play a significant role in pollinating flowers and contributing to thriving ecosystems. If you are interested in seeing more of and protecting these colorful and important creatures, attend Rutgers one-hour Home Gardeners School @Home Edition online course to learn how you can make your herbs do double duty as a butterfly garden.

A successful butterfly garden provides both nectar plants, which produce food for butterflies, and host plants, which yield nourishment for their caterpillars. Herbs can fulfill both requirements. In fact, certain herbs can provide both functions at the same time.

Butterflies are very particular about where they lay their eggs because their caterpillars have a restrictive diet, eating only certain plants. They don't travel far so the eggs must be laid on the plants that will feed the caterpillars. Instructor Caren White, affectionately known as "The Herb Lady," will explain the difference between nectar plants and host plants and why you should grow both. She will also cover:

  • The one herb to plant that will attract the most kinds of butterflies;
  • Three native herbs that are a must for a butterfly garden;
  • Which butterfly attracting herbs can be grown in partial shade if you don't have a sunny yard; and
  • Drought tolerant herbs that attract butterflies for your xeriscape or low water usage garden.

You will leave this one-hour session with insider tips and tricks for growing and harvesting herbs in your butterfly garden.

Plus, every student will receive a resource packet including two charts that show nectar plants for butterflies and host plants for caterpillars along with whether or not each herb is native, shade tolerant, and/or drought tolerant. This is a valuable resource that you'll be able to refer to throughout your gardening future. Register today!

Meet the Instructor

Photo of Caren White, Herbs for a Butterfly Garden online course instructor.Caren White

Caren White is a Master Gardener and longtime volunteer at Rutgers Gardens, the arboretum and botanical garden of Rutgers University. She serves as the Garden Steward for the Herb Garden and is an active member of the Delaware Valley unit of the Herb Society of America. Affectionately known as "The Herb Lady," Caren is a regular instructor at Rutgers Gardens, the Rutgers Home Gardeners School, and the EARTH Center, which is the agricultural extension office for Middlesex County.

Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided at this course.

Accessing this Online Course (It's Easier Than You Think)

Don't worry, taking an online course is more user-friendly than ever. Once you've registered, you will receive a link via email 24 hours before the start of the course. Simply click that link and follow the prompts to allow WebEx on your computer, tablet, or iPhone. No microphones or webcams are necessary. If you do not have a microphone on your computer, you will have the option to dial in using a regular telephone to hear the course audio while viewing the course visuals on your device.

New to online learning? No problem! We will be sending out a document with helpful how-to tips for using WebEx to all registrants the day before the course. Plus, join the class a few minutes early at 12:45pm EST to get comfortable with the platform and see how you can utilize the chat feature to ask questions throughout the course.

Program Coordinator Olga Welsh will be moderating the class and she will be able to assist participants, answer questions, and troubleshoot in case you experience any issues.

Note: Pre-registration with payment is required.

We're Here to Help!

Please feel free to reach out to Olga Welsh, program coordinator for this class, at any time with questions! We want to make this a fun, informative, and interactive experience for all participants and are eager to help you in any way we can.

Email: ow31@njaes.rutgers.edu
Phone: 848-932-7315


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

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