save the monarch butterfly




My name is Leo Silvestri and I live at 1158 Erie St. E. Windsor, ON.

Let me ask you a question if I may: When was last time you saw a Monarch butterfly around your neighbourhood? I don’t know about you, but for most people living in
Windsor and surrounding area the answer has always been the same…“When I was a kid I used to see them in big numbers, now I don’t see them anymore. I wonder what happen to the Monarch butterflies?”  

The monarch butterfly is in trouble. Their numbers are down 90% from what they were in 1992.
And Milkweed plants, which are indispensable to the Monarch, is also down 90%.
Milkweed plants are the only source of food for the Monarch caterpillar. But these plants are rapidly disappearing, due to the loss of habitat stemming from land development and the widespread spraying of
pesticides on the fields where they live. 


We are a group of Windsor and Essex County residents whose goal is to provide information, knowledge and resources to our friends and neighbors who would like to help bring Monarch butterflies back in big numbers into our neighborhoods. You know by now through the media and web sites the Monarch butterfly is in BIG trouble. Our three North America country’s leaders had all promised back in 2014, to help the migration cycle of these creatures to continue for years to come. Unfortunately like all good politicians very little has been done financially to protect the Monarch habitat.
Let’s face it, the
US and Canadian government will never stop farmers from spraying the huge amount of pesticides that automatically kills Milkweed plants in the fields every year. Too many big companies and millions of dollars in profits are at stake in the agriculture world and therefore the majority of these people most likely will never do anything about the Monarch butterfly’s future. 

So in order to help the Monarch butterfly survive, we’ve decided to take action into our own hands, like hundreds of thousands folks like you and me throughout Canada and US by planting Milkweed on our properties, and by encouraging others to do the same. We hope you will too. :-)

Providing food for the Monarch caterpillars, and nectar flowers for the adult butterflies is the best way to help these delicate creatures survive with or without any help from our busy politicians.

If you’re interested in planting Milkweed flowers in your garden contact us at anytime and we would love to provide you FREE seeds or small plants. (When available )



The three most popular perennial Milkweed species native to Ontario are easy to find and excellent choices to plant in your flower garden or backyard. 

These three species offer food for the Monarch caterpillar as well as nectar to all butterflies, bees and humming birds. (Asclepias Incarnata) is usually found growing near ponds and streams in the wild, but this species grows just as well in average garden soil that is watered regularly during dry spells. Its pinkish-red blossoms have a sweet, vanilla-like scent, and its smooth green seedpods can provide a nice addition to floral arrangements.  Swamp MilkweedThis species typically displays brilliant reddish-orange flowers.
(Asclepias Tuberosa) is a very drought-tolerant species that prefers areas with drier soils that also receive full sun. Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Syriaca), which is best suited for containers and very large landscapes due to its aggressive spreading habit.   Common Milkweed Most people are probably already familiar with the tall and statuesque

All three of these aforementioned native species of Milkweed plants only require about 2 square feet of your garden’s space to grow, and they also perform very well in containers. By planting a native Milkweed, you will be doing your part to help conserve the Monarch butterfly as well as providing yourself and others with the opportunity to witness the fascinating metamorphosis of the beautiful insect. It doesn't take much to contribute to the conservation of the threatened Monarch butterfly species, and each contribution to this broad effort is of great value and vital importance to its prospects for success.

Every person can do their part, however great or small, to ensure that the Monarch butterfly continues to be around to delight and fascinate onlookers for generations to come.

Most nurseries in our area unfortunately do not sell Milkweed plants (although I did see a few Butterfly weed at Fred’s Market ) in July 2017. To start with well established plants you can visit this Amherstburg site
:  (this is where I got my first milkweed plants ) or look elswhere online for more vendors. If you would like to start from seeds, we may still have a few available to spare for
Call or email if you need some.



The Monarch butterfly is one of the most iconic and wondrous insects that are native to North America. Every year, tens of millions of Monarchs take flight in an incredible transcontinental migratory journey, between Mexico, USA, Canada and back.
In the fall, a single generation of Monarchs complete the entire long journey from southern Canada to the mountainous conifer forests of central Mexico despite never having seen their ultimate destination. With spring’s arrival a few months later, the Monarch butterflies depart from their overwintering sites in Mexico and begin the journey north back to USA and Canada. 
Along the way, they lay eggs on Milkweed plants, the sole species of plants that Monarch caterpillars will eat, and soon after die, leaving their offspring to continue the flight north.
Weather permitting, we usually see the Monarchs in our area early June, it takes three to four generations of Monarchs to be born before the species as a whole starts the new fall migration back to Central Mexico.
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We hope YOU will join us. to save these beautiful creatures from extinction.  who are doing something about North AmericaAs you can see for yourself there are thousands of folks like you and me all over -   -    -   -

There is a tremendous effort going on throughout North America involving thousands of people in saving the Monarch butterfly.You can Google it yourself, check You Tube,  or just visit some of these sites below that
I came across lately for more info:


We need your help to promote the recovery of the Monarch population and bring them back to Windsor and Essex County in BIG numbers. We are looking for CORPORATE AND PRIVATE LANDOWNERS who are passionate about saving the Monarch butterfly to consider utilizing any available parcels of land to plant Milkweed seeds.  

Whether your flower garden is big or small it could always accommodate a few milkweed plants, if you don’t have a garden, these native plants will do just as good in a medium- large pot.   

Milkweed flowers smell and look good, it will attract Monarchs as well as other butterflies and bees in your yard. If you or anyone you know are interested in planting Milkweed seeds don’t hesitate to contact us at anytime. 

We can offer you milkweed seeds for FREE if you live in Windsor and surrounding areas.  Let’s bring the Monarch butterflies back to our city so that future generations will enjoy seeing these beautiful creatures flying around our streets as they did in the past. 

Most Experts and Biologist are worried about the monarch butterfly future due to the shortage of native Milkweed plants in the wild; it’s up to us to help them survive by planting Milkweed.

As they say… If You Plant It, They Will Come!  

We are in the process of launching this campaign locally by spring 2018 and we could use more help from gardening experts who are willing to get involved by teaching others on how to germinate seeds, plant and care for Milkweed and other native flowers in order to attract more Monarch butterflies in our neighbourhoods.  

Thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon.

Leo Silvestri  519.977.3639  ( Anytime )  EMAIL US HERE     

Monarchs in our backyard-summer 2018

Winter Sowing in our Backyard


Milkweed Plants Give Away for Spring - Summer 2020!!


FREE Common Milkweed Seeds For All!


  How to Successfully Grow Milkweed Year Around!

 Useful Links on how to grow Milkweed.      ( Easy Step by Step Instructions )     

How to plant Milkweed in the Fall

No Cost Winter Sowing

Raising Monarchs indoor.  

Butterfly Gardening Ideas

Windsor Star Article on our group:

Windsor Life Magazine Story:  Click Here and go to page 68-70

Useful Links for all Windsor and Essex County Residents.  (List of local nurseries milkweed plants growers)  (A 10x10 butterfly garden)    ( How to create a butterfly garden)         ( How to create a butterfly garden)

( Leo's Simple and Low Cost Butterfly Garden)'s-Milkweed-and-Flowers-Butterfly-Garden.pdf  

To find out how many milkweed plants are needed to start a monarch butterfly garden. Click Here

How to grow milkweed from seeds in the summer for a profit.

New Power Point Presentation: How to Attract Monarch Butterflies to Your Garden  

New Info on How to Grow Milkweed Plants for Pennies Each. 

Milkweed Seeds sold at Most Box Stores in Windsor and Ontario.

Is SASE  a Really Good Deal?

Feel Free to Join us at the: Monarch Butterfly Enthusiasts of Windsor and Essex County