Bring on the Butterflies…

After tons of research, I finally decided what to plant in our yard to attract butterflies.  As you may know, we’ve been creating a backyard wildlife habit, following the guidelines set forth by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). My first goal in creating our butterfly garden was to add plants to our yard that will provide nectar.  Several varieties of Salvia (commonly known as sage) … Continue reading Bring on the Butterflies…

Explore the Botanic Garden at Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Our planned visit today to the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley wasn’t meant to be.  Today was free day, and, as a result, there was absolutely no parking.  We waited and waited for a spot to open up, but no-one was coming out of the gardens to leave, even though it was raining pretty heavily at this point.  My son was becoming more and more … Continue reading Explore the Botanic Garden at Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

Newts in the Botanical Garden

We’re lucky to live in California newt country. These magical little creatures can be found throughout the hills in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We’ve had luck finding them in Jewel Lake at Tilden and crossing the trails in Las Trampas. Our favorite place for newt viewing, however, is in the Japanese Pool at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. During mating season, the newts … Continue reading Newts in the Botanical Garden