Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

September 24, 2015   

You never know what kind of butterflies
you will find in your garden.
One great reason to garden is to spend time connecting with your family. And without a doubt, the best gardening activity for getting everyone involved and having fun is butterfly gardening. It has it all. Beautiful flowers, colorful butterflies and of course, the magic of metamorphosis. The first time anyone, adult or child, sees a butterfly transform from a caterpillar to chrysalis, or emerge from its chrysalis as a butterfly, there is awe and amazement in their eyes. So make a plan to get outside and enjoy this first week of fall planting a butterfly garden. As the picture above shows, you never know what kind of butterflies will make their home in your garden.



Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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Bring on the Butterflies

Featured Plant

Upcoming Events
Saturday 9/26 at 10am
Butterfly Gardening

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Featured Plant
Giant Milkweed
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Giant Milkweed
You've seen the common milkweed, which is great food for the monarch caterpillars, but if you really want to provide them with a huge source of yummy leaves, try a giant milkweed. The big silver leaves satisfy any caterpillars appetite and the lovely purple flowers add great color to the 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



Workshop: Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, September 26th at 10:00 am

Bring on the butterflies! Butterfly gardening is a fun way to get everyone involved in the garden. Plus the plants that butterflies love are beautiful to us too. Come out to this workshop and learn the best way to attract butterflies to your garden. 



Kerby's Pumpkin Patch

Back by popular demand, the Kerby's Pumpkin Patch will open up the first 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: Miniature Gardening
Saturday, October 3rd at 10am

Fee: $25 (plus tax) - per garden created

Help us kick off the fall season, with a fun hands-on workshop where you can create a super-cool miniature garden. They are easy and fun for everyone. This is a hands-on workshop, so come on out ready to get your hands dirty! Included in the $25 fee is a small container, two mini-plants, one figurine, and all the materials for planting the pot. Kerby's has plenty of additional decorations available for purchase, including fairy houses, chairs and bridges, just in case your fairy or gnome needs a little more fun in their garden! If you plan on coming please call the nursery at 813-685-3265 so that we have an idea of how many people to expect.



Workshop: Fall Porch Pots
Saturday, October 17th at 10:00 am

Make your home really stand out this fall season with lovely pots and beautiful plants. This workshop will teach you all about thrillers, fillers and spillers, and show you some of our tricks for creating beautiful porch pots. And with our new collection of antique style baskets, and huge pottery department, you are sure to find something to make your fall fabulous.




Workshop: Herb Gardening

Saturday, October 24th at 10:00 am

Come out and see how delicious gardening can be. We'll talk about growing herbs, how to use them and share some recipes. Yummy.



Halloween Fun!
Saturday, October 31st

The staff is really excited about wearing their costumes this year! Come out for a little trick-o-treat for the kids and to enjoy the beauty of fall in Florida.




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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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