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Our Monarch Butterfly is under threat!  

So, this National Gardening Week Kiwis are being called upon to plant butterfly friendly plants to help save the caterpillars when they hatch in Spring and Summer.

Last year saw a national shortage of Swan plants, the main diet of Monarch caterpillars, causing a large number of the population to be wiped out.

Yates got behind the drive to avert a similar crisis this year by giving away various FREE butterfly friendly seeds including new Yates Butterfly Field Mix seeds between 1st and 14th October 2018.

A National Planting Day will be held on Saturday 20th October.

Now that you have your seeds, plant a Swan plant or other butterfly friendly plants in your garden, in your neighbor’s garden, at school, in your local community garden – and let’s help Monarch butterflies flourish.

National Gardening Week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not only plants but friendships, good health, strong communities and closer connections with nature. Whether it’s a few pots on the balcony, a small patch or an extensive garden, everyone can experience the joy of gardening.



Here’s some how-to information for the National Planting Day on the 20th October:

  1. How to grow swan plants from seed
  2. Attracting bees to your garden