I found "Free Plants By Mail" on Twitter and thought it was well worth sharing with my butterfly gardening friends. 

Free Plants by Mail was started by local growers to help find a solution to the plants that were grown for nurseries but never purchased. Their collection of farmers grow hundreds of thousands of plants each month and there are always seasonal extras that would otherwise go to waste. 
Each month Free Plants By Mail will try to release a new plant that they will send out for free!  All they ask for is ask is that you pay a small shipping and handling charge.

They donated to The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization that has been working to preserve our planet and its wilderness places.  Their mission statement is  “to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.”

I think it's a great way for us gardeners to share, experiment and explore new plants for our butterfly gardens.

You can visit their website at www.freeplantsbymail.org and let me know what you think.  
Enjoy,
Vickie

NABA Orange County's Butterfly Field Trip to Caspers Regional Wilderness Park, Orange County -  Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Anyone interested in learning more about our local native butterflies is invited to join.  

Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Caspers Park in the parking area just inside entrance Kiosk. Day parking fee required. We will walk 2-3 miles along the trail overlooking San Juan Creek from 9:00 am. to 12:30 a.m.  After the hike, we will have lunch at Nature Center and observe the butterflies within the Butterfly Gardens around the Nature Center. 


Contact Gary at 949 218-7575

Click here to see some of the local Orange County butterflies you might see on the hike.

Hope to see you there,
Vickie