What types of projects do you specialize in?
We specialize in creating pollinator gardens, restoring habitat, and educating the public on community stewardship practices.
How long does an average project take?
From the initial consultation to the installed garden, a project will take roughly three to four weeks. The design process takes about two weeks and the installation scheduling and execution can take a week or two depending on the weather and client availability.
How much does a consultation cost?
Because we believe that every consultation should be personal and informative, we charge $80. This price includes a detailed plant list. The charge is also 100% refundable if the client wishes to go forward with a design.
Can I just get a design and install the plants myself?
Yes! We are happy to provide you a design and the plants and leave you to your gardening bliss.
Where do you source your plants from?
We grow all our own plants without the use pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals. The only time we will use a plant from an outside source is if the client specifically asks for a particular plant that we do not carry.
When do I plant my garden?
In San Antonio, we recommend waiting until springtime temperatures are consistently in the 50s at night before planting your garden.
Where do I get my catarpillars and butterfies?
Plant it and they will come! You do not need to purchase butterflies; pollinators will come to you when your garden has the right elements to attract and sustain them.
What is the difference between a host and nectar plant?
A host plant is the food source for larval butterflies (caterpillars). This is the plant on which adult female butterflies will lay their eggs so that when they hatch, the babies can eat the leaves. A nectar plant is the food source for adult butterflies and other pollinators. The flowers of this plant will provide food for many!
Do all butterflies use the same host plants?
No, all butterflies are host plant specific. Some butterflies are generalists and will use many plants as food sources. In some cases, however, a butterfly will be a specialist and only use one plant.
Are there host plants that are harmful to caterpillars?
Yes, some plants are so toxic that they will kill caterpillars when eaten. An example here in San Antonio is the Aristolochiaceae family. The native Aristolochia tomentosa (Dutchman's pipe) is a host plant to certain swallowtail butterflies. However, there are many non-native species of Aristolochia sp. that are toxic to swallowtail caterpillars. If you plant the wrong species of Aristolochia, once the eggs hatch and the caterpillars start to eat, they will die. It is incredibly important to know your plants! Learn the latin name and how to ID plants. This will help you have better success and less disappointment in your pollinator garden.