FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Katherine Holmes
Office: 707-678-1655 x 107
FREE Monarch Workshops and Solano RCD’s Fall Native Plant Sale
(Dixon, CA – September 27, 2023) Solano RCD is offering FREE workshops on four different dates to anyone that wants to learn more about how to provide Monarch habitat in as little as 100 square feet in their own backyard.
Each of these workshops will cover the natural history and life cycle of Monarchs, the types of plants Monarchs need to survive, and how to correctly install and manage those plants for the benefit of butterflies. Monarch butterflies have suffered a 95% decline in their population numbers in the past decade. Loss of habitat and food resources are the main reasons for Monarchs’ decline and residents can help them recover by providing these resources in their backyards!
Two of the workshops will be held on Zoom (Tuesday, October 10, 7:00-8:00 pm and Thursday, October 19, 7:00-8:00 pm) and two will be held in-person at Solano RCD’s Fall Native Plant Sale (Saturday, October 28, 1:00-2:00 pm and 3:00-4:00 pm). To register for one of the workshops, please e-mail Sammy Flohr at or call 707-678-1655 x112.
Workshop attendees will have the option of purchasing a Monarch “Waystation” kit for half price ($15) at Solano RCD’s Fall Native Plant Sale. These kits contain the perfect mix of flowering plants to nurture both Monarch butterflies and caterpillars, including 12 milkweed plants for Monarch caterpillars to feed and pupate on and 24 flowering plants that provide nectar for the adult butterflies. Simple drip irrigation kits that can be attached to a hose bib will also be available for purchase to make Monarch habitat installation a snap.
Solano RCD’s annual fall plant sale will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023 from noon to 5:00 pm at Ruhstaller Farm, 6686 Sievers Road, Dixon. In addition to the Monarch Waystation kits, many types of California native and drought tolerant plants will be available for purchase. There will also will also be informational booths with various RCD partners, including Dixon RCD, Yolo County RCD, Xerces Society, Pleasant’s Valley Fire Safe Council, and Morningsun Herb Farm.
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