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The front garden and entry arbor at the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens, all clearly sign-posted for butterflies. Photographs by Joanne Taylor
It is my fervent wish to enhance and preserve the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens so that future generations will always have the opportunity to behold the beauty of nature’s wonderful miracle—the butterfly.
Louise Hallberg

Located on nine acres in the rolling hills of West Sonoma County, the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens may be the oldest butterfly garden in the country. Situated twelve miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the climate provides hot summer days and cool nights when the marine air rolls in. This is the same area that Luther Burbank chose as the “perfect climate” for his experimental farm and gardens; Sunset would place it in zone 15.

Louise Hallberg’s grandparents and parents farmed the property with apples, pears and berries. Louise, now in her eighties, was born here and has lived all her life in the family home. It is a modest Queen Anne style house built in 1883, set in a garden planted in the 1920s by Della Hallberg, Louise’s mother. Mature camelias, rhodo...

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