PB&Co worked closely with Crossroads School to create an immersive landscape design that offers habitats for Monarch butterflies and teaches students about the life cycle and migration patterns through both direct observation and interpretive elements. Despite the small site area, the firm’s scope included both a ground-level outdoor gathering space and classroom area and rooftop garden, enabling a range of conditions to create this experience for students.
Design was driven by the requirements of a Monarch waystation. Caterpillar food sources, including Asclepias (Butterfly Weed), were planted on the roof to provide a breeding ground and Monarch Caterpillar ‘nursery’. Flowering shrubs planted on the ground level provide food for adult butterflies, while Eucalyptus and Sequoia trees provide overwintering spots. A ‘puddling’ area was also incorporated into the planting to allow butterflies access to mud and water.
Interpretive signage within hardscape bands and concrete benches were designed to chart the Monarch Butterfly population in Mexican overwintering sites from 1994 to the present.