Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

September 8, 2016   

There are lots of friendly butterflies in the brand new butterfly house.

No matter what age you are, it is hard not to love butterflies. Kids love learning about the life cycle and how a caterpillar transforms from a squishy-looking worm into a beautiful butterfly. As adults, butterflies give us a reason to appreciate the miracles of nature, as they transform, in the span of weeks, from tiny egg to hungry caterpillar to hanging chrysalis, all to hatch out as a beautiful fluttering butterfly. To see some winged wonders in action, come out to Kerby's and see the new butterfly house. Many of you may remember the old butterfly house that was taken down when we demolished a dilapidated old house on the property. It's taken six years, but we finally built a new one, and lots of different butterflies have taken up residence. So come out and enjoy some of the miracles of nature.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Featured Plant

Bring on the Butterflies


Upcoming Events



Fall Veggies are In

Get your Fall Veggie Garden Started


The New
Butterfly House

is Now Open

Paw-paw Tree
8" Pot - $19.99
Featured Plant
Paw paw
Asimina triloba

An uncommon tree this far south, the paw-paw is a medium sized native tree, typically growing 15 to 20 feet tall. It is a fruit tree, producing small fruits that taste a little bit like banana, but the real reason you want a paw-paw tree is to attract zebra swallowtail butterflies. The paw-paw is the host plant for zebra swallowtail caterpillars. Definitely a unique addition to a Florida butterfly garden.


Bring on the Butterflies

It's easy to attract butterflies to your garden. For the basics, check out our butterfly handout and learn about some of the best plants for butterflies, and see below for some of the cool butterflies that you might see fluttering about in your garden.


Monarch - The monarch butterfly is one of the most common butterflies in our area. The host plant for the monarch is milkweed, so make sure that you include it in your butterfly garden. Did you know that monarch butterflies migrate all the way to Mexico in the winter?

Swallowtail - There are lots of different swallowtail butterflies, including the black swallowtail which lays its eggs on the herbs dill, fennel, rue and parsley, the pipevine and polydamus swallowtails which use dutchman's pipevine to lay their eggs and the giant swallowtail which lays its eggs on citrus. These butterflies come in many different mixes of black and yellow and are some of the most beautiful.

Sulphurs - A fast-flying yellow butterfly, there are many different types of sulphurs. Some are pale yellow and some like the orange-barred sulphur have beautiful orange colors in their wings. These butterflies lay their eggs on plants in the senna and cassia family. These large shrubs or small trees can make a great centerpiece in a butterfly garden.

Zebra Longwing - The state butterfly of Florida, this cool butterfly hangs out in shady areas under trees or large shrubs. You won't see it flying out in the hot sun too much. It lays its eggs on passionvine planted in the shade.

Gulf Fritillary - Another speedy little butterfly that is orange with white speckling. This butterfly flutters fast and high in sunny areas and lays its eggs on passion vine planted in the sun.

Upcoming Events

The fall season is almost here. After a long summer, when we feel like it will never be cool again, it is fun to think about all of the fall gardening we can do.


Workshop: Fall Veggie Gardening
Saturday, September 17th at 10am

Florida is a wonderful place to live, because while our northern neighbors are starting to hunker down for winter, we are planting fall vegetable gardens. Fall is a great time of year to grow leafy favorites, like cabbage, collards, mustards and broccoli. We'll talk about all of the great vegetables that grow through the winter in Florida, and we'll also discuss gardening in pots and Earthboxes (a great way to grow veggies in small spaces).

Workshop: Bring on the Butterflies

Saturday, September 24th at 10am

We are celebrating the grand opening of our new butterfly house with a workshop on butterfly gardening. We'll talk about all of the common butterflies in our area, and make sure you have all the right information to make your garden a butterfly magnet.

Kerby's Pumpkin Patch

The Kerby's Pumpkin Patch will open up the second weekend in October with cool pumpkins and gourds to decorate your porches and entryways for the fall season. Plus there will be a cool area for taking fall pictures with the kids. Come out throughout the month of October to enjoy the beauty of fall.




Workshop: Herb Gardening

Saturday, October 8th at 10am

As fall arrives, it's time to start thinking about holiday recipes. To keep everything as fresh and local as possible, plant an herb garden for fresh harvests of tasty herbs right from your backyard. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about planting a delicious (and beautiful) herb garden.


Workshop: Plant a Pollinator Garden
Saturday, October 15th at 10am

Without bees, we don't eat; Most vegetable and fruit crops rely on bees for pollination. So let's plant a gorgeous garden that gives the bees somewhere to live, and helps pollinate our own veggie gardens and fruit trees.



Workshop: Fall Container Gardening

Saturday, October 22nd at 10am

Make your home beautiful and inviting this fall with a gorgeous container garden. In this workshop you will learn all about Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers, and how to make an amazing combination of flowers. Don't forget all of our outdoor glazed pottery is always Buy One Get One 50% Off!




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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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