The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Hungry Horde is Welcome in the GNG

From the moment a Monarch caterpillar emerges from its egg, it is an eating machine (even consuming its empty egg shell!).  Once a Monarch caterpillar has finished eating one leaf it moves to the next, and then the next, and then the next, until they literally have eaten themselves out of house and home. And because milkweed is the only plant a Monarch caterpillar will eat, one can only hope they have a large enough crop to support this insatiable bunch until they finally wander off to pupate.