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Hamilton Children’s Garden
Bird and Butterfly Garden


Discover flowers and plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard.

Bird and Butterfly Garden

Plant a Pollinator Garden

Use plants that provide nectar and pollen sources.

Provide a water source.

Situate in a sunny area with wind breaks. Establish continuous bloom throughout the growing season. Eliminate or minimize the use of pesticides.

Any size garden will do—even in containers.

Bird and Butterfly Garden

Native Bees and Gentle Bees

The common Honey Bee is actually an import from Europe. There are approximately1600 species of native bees in California.

Common types are Digger, Carpenter, Bumble, Miner, and Sweat bees.

Most are solitary, they don’t build hives. Since they don’t have a hive to defend they tend to not be as aggressive.

Typically they dwell in the ground, in small cavities, or in garden debris. Only Honey Bees produce honey—Native bees don’t!


Bird and Butterfly Garden

Flower to Table

In order to make seeds, flowers need to transfer pollen.

Flowers can’t move around so they need a helper, their own special friend, A POLLINATOR.

Honeybees carry pollen back to the hive in a small “basket” of the fine hairs on the outside of their hind legs.

Bees, butterflies, beetles, bats, moths, flies, hummingbirds and even the wind are pollinators.

For every third bite of food you eat,