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An Educational Guide on Monarch Butterflies

This guide is an excellent resource for teachers working in pre-schools or primary schools, who want to learn more to teach their students; or perhaps you’re that person, like me, who treats their caterpillars as pets, and rushes out for emergency dashes to the garden centre if you’ve run out of swan plants. Keep on reading>>

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Butterfly & Bee Garden Evening

Join us for a fun and informative evening where we will discuss how you can establish a butterfly garden in your garden or school. This will be a great evening and is a must-attend event for gardeners and teachers that would like to enhance their school gardens and have an area dedicated to attracting bees and butterflies or simply want to know more about raising Monarch butterflies at home or in the classroom.

This event a gold coin donation, which will go towards Avebury House and their community gardens.

We will have special guest speakers, including

Introduction – Hayley Guglitta from the Richmond Community Garden Trust

Helen English, Vice President of the Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeepers’ Club

Cathy Baker – Founder of Guardians of Rawihiti Domain. Cathy will talk about the decline of wildlife in the Domain and how we can all help make it thrive again.

Maria Romero, from the Butterfly Musketeers.

Spot prizes from Mitre10 and Yates NZ on the night.

A chance to purchase signed copies of the brand new 2nd edition of “An educatational guide on Monarch butterflies” book on the night.

There will be a chance to ask us all many questions and meet other keen gardeners in your local area.

Tauranga Bay – Monarch butterfly paradise in Northland.


Here in Tauranga Bay just 40 minutes north from Kerikeri in the Far North, I discovered one of the best spots in New Zealand for camping. Beautiful, clean, golden sandy beaches with amazing views of all the islands in the bay.

Within minutes I spotted about a hundred giant swan plants (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) like I’ve never seen before: up to 2.5 metres tall, with thick trunks. Continue reading “Tauranga Bay – Monarch butterfly paradise in Northland.”

What pre-schoolers experience while learning about Monarch Caterpillars

Children feel great joy as well as gaining heaps of knowledge from learning about and observing the metamorphosis of the Monarch butterfly.

They learn to care and show empathy towards the animal kingdom. They are drawn to the monarchs as they are a harmless yet beautiful creature, and caterpillars are not too creepy for them, or too tingly if placed on their hand.

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