Each year, millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) make the journey from North America to Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains, flying thousands of miles to their winter home. The migration is one of nature’s most amazing phenomena. Stand amid the fir-covered mountains and witness this awe-inspiring spectacle firsthand as the monarchs flutter, dip, and swoop overhead. You’ll see countless butterflies roosting in the early morning, as well as in flight at midday, feeding on wildflowers, and drinking at streams.
This tour will be escorted by Pacific Horticulture Society Board Member Richard Hayden, who is the Garden Director for the Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, CA. He has participated in several Monarch Butterfly research projects while previously serving as the Head Gardener for the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He enjoyed a long career as a Los Angeles-based Landscape Designer and has been an active member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, serving as the Los Angeles District President. He is a certified interpretive guide, an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, and a sought-after lecturer on native plants, wildlife habitat gardens, the soil food web, and sustainable garden practices. He has dedicated his career to connecting people and nature through the stewardship of public gardens.
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