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Purplish Copper
(Lycaena helloides)

Caterpillar hosts: Docks (Rumex),
and knotweeds (Polygonum) in the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae), cinquefoils in the rose family (Rosaceae).

Adult food:
Flower nectar.

The Purplish Copper butterfly usually can be found in disturbed areas such as roadsides, open fields; wet meadows, marshes, streamsides, and valleys

Welcome to
Hallberg Butterfly Gardens

Nestled among the apple orchards of Western Sonoma County, the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens cover nine acres of overgrown vines and thickets, flowering pathways and meadows. We welcome individuals, small groups, and classroom visits, by appointment.

If you are interested in visiting, please call our Tour & Volunteer Coordinator (707) 591-6967 or email Leah.

The Gardens are open for guided tours from April 1 to October 31. Appointments are offered Wednesday through Sunday, between 10 am and 4pm. The Gardens are closed between November 1 and March 31.

While visitors to the gardens may witness the wondrous metamorphosis of the butterfly, even more important may be their own transformation as they experience a new awareness of nature.

Louise Hallberg By sharing the knowledge of butterflies and providing for their habitat, we seek to promote and inspire the appreciation and conservation of the wonders of nature.

It is my fervent wish to enhance and preserve the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens so that future generations will always have the opportunity to behold the beauty of nature's wonderful miracle - the butterfly.
-Louise Hallberg, 1997

Oldest Garden
The beginnings of what maybe the oldest butterfly garden in the country can be traced to the 1920s when Della Hallberg, an avid gardener, planted a California native vine called Aristolochia californica. These plantings of the Dutchman's Pipe would provide an abundance of larval plant food for the beautiful black and teal Pipevine Swallowtail.

California Native Pipevine
California Native Pipevine Aristolochia californica

Fortunately, Della Hallberg also planted a love of nature in the hearts of her children. Today, her daughter Louise still lives in the family home and has enhanced the original gardens to provide habitat and food for over 40 butterfly species.

Nonprofit Organization
Hallberg Butterfly Gardens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are very welcome.

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