Hallberg Butterfly Gardens
This is a small but great place to vist. You can spot catapillers and unhatched eggs to photograph along with many varieties of butterflies and birds. I recommend carpooling to this site since parking is limited. The garden is a non-profit organization and does like a donation of a dollar per person. Afterwards we can gather at a local resturant in Sebastopol. As always I will be leaving from Fairfield, Raley's shopping Center, North Texas Street at 8am.
Nestled among the apple orchards of Western Sonoma County, the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens cover nine acres of overgrown vines and thickets, flowering pathways and meadows.
While visitors to the gardens may witness the wondrous metamorphosis of the butterfly, even more important may be their own transformation as they experience a new awareness of nature.
Buckeye and other Species
Fifteen species of butterflies have been seen on the same day: Buckeye, Anise Swallowtail, Pipevine Swallowtail, Mournful Duskywing, Western Tailed Blue, Tiger Swallowtail, Mourning Cloak, California Ringlet, Northern Cloudywing, Mylitta Crescent, Painted Lady, Grey Hairstreak, Red Admiral, Cabbage, and Propertius Duskywing all made an appearance.
Directions to The Garden:
Hallberg Butterfly Gardens is about 10 miles and 10-20 minutes from Santa Rosa. Take US-101 into SANTA ROSA. Exit the freeway at the CA-12 junction traveling WEST toward SEBASTOPOL for about 3 miles.
At the stop light,turn RIGHT onto FULTON, but get immediately into the left turn lane.
Turn LEFT onto OCCIDENTAL RD. and follow it 4.5 miles until CA-116, also know as GRAVENSTEIN HWY.
At this light, turn RIGHT and drive for a little over half a mile. Take your first LEFT, which is OAK GROVE AVE.
At the first stop sign, there will be a sign announcing the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens.
Turn LEFT onto the dirt road.
Turn RIGHT at the next sign, which is the top of the Miss Hallberg's driveway.
Please drive SLOWLY and park to the RIGHT.