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The Delight of Butterfly Gardening

West End, AustraliaPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Helen

2 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Your personal butterfly gardening masterclass, tailored to build from what you know, to what you want to learn and then how you want to act.

During your 2-hour garden tour and private masterclass in my "living wildlife gardening laboratory" - a 33-year-old butterfly and insect-friendly mini-wild(er)ness (of 405sq m i.e. 16 perch) you can learn at the level you are at, ranging from:
-- concentrating on how butterfly gardening works and the plants needed (caterpillar food plants) to increase the numbers of butterflies in your garden or local area, and developing your own plan for your own garden to your own tastes, to
-- visiting to learn more and enjoy.

Butterflies are "solar-powered" - the warmer - the faster they fly. Butterflies are the adult form of their lifecycle, the rest of which is spent either as eggs, caterpillars or chrysalises. My garden encourages the whole lifecycle so we can create more butterflies. At any time they may be less visible. I have the needed plants for 50 different local species.

Experience the joy, learn what's possible wherever you live on Earth: from temperate, sub-tropical to tropical zones, also how butterfly & insect-friendly gardening will help you transform and beautify your place.
Contribute to our future, so that we, our children and our children’s children can thrive in a sustainable, healthy and nature-rich world.
Other things to note
Did you know that we can make a huge difference with supporting butterflies and helping keep our environment healthy by concentrating on growing your own local native plants?
Your personal butterfly gardening masterclass, tailored to build from what you know, to what you want to learn and then how you want to act.

During your 2-hour garden tour and private masterclass in my "living wildlife gardening laboratory" - a 33-year-old butterfly and insect-friendly mini-wild(er)ness (of 405sq m i.e. 16 perch) you can learn at the level you are at, ranging from:
-- concentrating on how butterfly gardening work…

Helen's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Under current COVID conditions it is best to bring your own drinks and refr...
From $77
/ person
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Meet your host, Helen

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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Learn about and share the joy of the lives of butterflies - their cycle of growth, change, transformation and renewal - and all right before your eyes and at home.
My offer: develop your "how-to" action plan.
Fresh from 15 years experience leading butterfly tours, speaking and running workshops at south-east Queensland's Woodford Folk Festival and elsewhere, including private tours of my own garden, also 35 years raising 75 different species and co-authoring 4 books, you will draw on my extensive knowledge and experience while learning in my 33-year-old butterfly breeding garden. I’m a qualified ecologist and adult educator.
My passion is connecting you with nature and growing the needed food sources to increase urban diversity. Learn the benefits of sharing with the little creatures our Earth: butterflies, bees and other life-forms.
Learn about and share the joy of the lives of butterflies - their cycle of growth, change, transformation and renewal - and all right before your eyes and at home.
My offer: develop your "how-to" action plan.
Fresh from 15 years experience leading butterfly tours, speaking and running workshops at south-east Queensland's Woodford Folk Festival and elsewhere, including private tours of my own garden, also 35 years raising 75 different species and co-authoring 4 books, you will draw on…
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Where you'll be

My plant-rich, inner-Brisbane garden is on 405 sqm (16 perch). Over the 33 years since it was set up, 50 different species of caterpillar food plants are thriving in a low-watering, low-maintenance gardening regime.
It’s a "living laboratory" garden which we'll explore what you can do in your own spaces and places: balconies, small to large gardens, nature strips, local parks, revegetation sites, etc
Please don't expect a neat and tidy garden
Sue
January 2021
If you are keen to delve into the fascinating lives of butterflies (and other invertebrates) with a real expert, this is the experience for you!
Seulkiee
November 2019
The weather was hot and the garden was smaller than I thought, but the story about butterflies and small creatures I heard there was really interesting. After this time, I learned the importance of the hollow leaves eaten by bugs. And if my life is the process of becoming a butterfly, I think about myself as a lava. Thank you Helen for giving me a really meaningful time.
The weather was hot and the garden was smaller than I thought, but the story about butterflies and small creatures I heard there was really interesting. After this time, I learned…
Elaine
October 2019
The two hours I spent with Helen was completely rivetting. In a dying planet with rapidly dwindling insect populations, we face losing essential pollinators of our crops food source. Helen's garden was a 30 year endeavour to grow plants that support Australian butterflies. Her sixteen perches were filled with rainforest vines and butterfly trees, like native mulberries. Butterflies and catepillars roam freely. It was a delightful surprise to see butterflies busying amongst the trees. Helen can only be described as a walking encyclopaedia of insect and ecological knowledge. She patiently answered my questions from the basic, "Why are butterflies important" to the very practical questions, "What native trees should I grow to support insects?" I came away with a few things: 1. An appreciation of the importance of insects in support of ecosystems 2. The unique symbiotic relationships between our native flora to the bacteria in the soil which have been forged for millennia. These connections cannot be replaced with exotic plants, and serve to provide more food for our local insect populations. 3. This is not a manicured garden like Roma St Parklands but rather an expression of the intense love Helen has for insects and butterflies. It is very interesting to see full grown specimens of uncommon natives and how many plants can be supported when we move away from the ubiquitous and commonplace lawn. I have learnt so much in the two hours. I developed a greater reverence for the arthropods and saw them in a completely new light. I have written to Gardening Australia to recommend Helen and her garden. I say, Helen as well because without her immense knowledge, I would not have understood as much. Thank you Helen for a lovely informative afternoon. I will be planting native mulberries, and emu foot plants.
The two hours I spent with Helen was completely rivetting. In a dying planet with rapidly dwindling insect populations, we face losing essential pollinators of our crops food sour…
Jan
July 2019
For decades Helen has been passionate about fostering an environment to encourage butterfly’s into her garden; both endangered and more common varieties. She demonstrates simple ways where we can create the natural balance in our gardens to attract Nature’s beautiful creatures; the butterfly.
For decades Helen has been passionate about fostering an environment to encourage butterfly’s into her garden; both endangered and more common varieties. She demonstrates simple w…
Julie
May 2019
I now know how to attract butterflies (etc) to my gardens, and how crucial that is for the environment ... It's all about having the right host plants for the eggs and caterpillars.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

you may feel more comfortable wearing long pants and shoes with socks

a hat for sun protection