Hallberg Butterfly Gardens - Sebastopol, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 38° 25.851 W 122° 51.879
10S E 511813 N 4253629
Quick Description: The Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Sebastopol, California could be the oldest butterfly garden in the country, tracing its origins back to the 1920s.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 7/26/2010 9:31:12 AM
Waymark Code: WM9B9W
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US
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In the 1920's, Della Hallberg planted some Dutchman's Pipe and soon had Pipevine Swallowtails visiting, laying eggs and breeding onsite. Della's love of gardening and butterflies was passed on to her daughter Louise, who now runs the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens as a nonprofit organization. Louise Hallberg tells her story of How the Gardens Came to Be.

The gardens now cover nine acres of overgrown vines, thickets, meadows and flowering pathways. More than 40 varieties of butterflies are known to have visited the gardens. Visiting butterflies are looking for nectaring plants as well as larval plants to lay their eggs.

An Annual Open Gardens Celebration occurs every June. The sign on Oak Grove Avenue says "by appointment only". I came early on a quiet Sunday and took a small self-guided tour from a sign that said "Start Here"! School tours are available and if you want a personal guide, try contacting them ahead of time. Directions to the garden can be found at their website.

Sign on Oak Grove Avenue
This is the main sign seen on Oak Grove Avenue at Hallberg Road, a dirt road turn off.
Last turn to the Gardens
Down 100 yards on the first dirt road turnoff is a right turn to the gardens.

Kiosk, Near the Parking
A small amount of parking is available here.
Start Here, self-guiding walk
A sign points down a small trail.

Pond with Waterfall Hummingbird Hovering Over the Pond

Large Dragonfly Sculpture Glass Butterfly Mosaic on a Bird Bath

Butterfly Mural on Barn Benches to enjoy the garden from

Address: 8687 Oak Grove Avenue Sebastopol, California 95472

Parking?: N 38° 25.851 W 122° 51.879

Types of Flora: Dutchman's Pipe, milkweeds, tufted hairgrass, Bermuda grass, California brome, San Diego sedge

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