Grow Milkweed Plants

In support of growing milkweed plants I am sharing the value that native milkweed has for monarch butterflies. Your host, Brad Grimm, created a website dedicated to education about milkweed. Visit Get started taking action to find and grow milkweed. I'll warn you in advance, you may fall in love with this plant. The podcast dedicated to all things milkweed related. Topics include Asclepias, Monarch butterflies, milkweed, gardening and pollinators.
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Nov 23, 2016

Arizona Milkweed & the Queen Butterfly

Arizona has about thirty native milkweed species that are host to both the monarch butterfly and the queen butterfly. On episode 24 I take you to Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area where I see my first Queen butterfly.

Locations visited:

Discover butterflies in the desert near Tucson by following Sergio Avila on twitter @savila2015

Host: Brad Grimm

Nov 4, 2016

In Australia the Wanderer Butterfly is found on the East coast from Brisbane thru Bundaberg.

Host: Brad Grimm

Music by Gary Thomas, Breath on the album Didgeridoo

Oct 25, 2016

Congratulations to my brothers family on the birth of their new baby Rosemarie Sarah Grimm! 

Peaces - Handmade jewelry & adornments with a nature-theme, perfect for wearing your essential oils!

How a Quebec company used a weed to create a one-of-a-kind winter coat

Support monarchs and the show by ordering milkweeds from Grow Milkweed Plants

View the complete Show Notes by pressing and holding here!

Host: Brad Grimm

Aug 28, 2016

The Biggest Little Butterfly Garden In The World has been raising and releasing the monarch butterfly since 2014.

In this episode you will hear:

  • Season start dates
  • Season totals (or totals to date)
  • Biggest single release date of the season
  • Learn about monarch tagging programs

Thank you for listening!

Host: Brad G. 

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Aug 20, 2016

Monarch butterflies in the East are passing the 49º Latitude aka USA/Canada border and beginning the migration South toward Mexico. Learn where they will be in the next month and when they traditionally arrive in Mexico.

Tim Wong is saving the California Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly by growing the host plant, California Pipevine. I travel to Golden Gate Park to meet Tim and learn about his amazing mission to preserve a rare butterfly species.

Monarchs may be in Newport Beach but its other bugs and birds that we meet as I take a bug walk with my seven year old neice Josephine.

Local Milkweed Report shows that the monarch butterfly has visited the butterfly garden.

View the complete show notes at

Host: Brad G.

Publish date 8/20/2016

Jul 19, 2016

Connect with Bryan Burks @BSburks who gave me a guided tour of the LA Arboretum @LAarboretum

Discover more about monarchs via Monarch Arc and read the story by the VC Reporter featuring Juliana Danaus. The story is - The butterfly effect

Featured song Chasing Butterflies by Karoline

Host: Brad G

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Jun 20, 2016

Brad G. flys to Omaha Nebraska to discover that common milkweed is pretty common. 

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Raising Butterflies and Moths for Conservation

Show Notes are available  at

Host: Brad G.

Original publish date: 6/20/16

Jun 10, 2016

Milkweed at large, seeking out native milkweed in Washoe County, Nevada - 017

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  • Invitation to the Grow Milkweed Plants facebook group
  • Local milkweed report
  • Monarch Passion tee shirt at (Milkweed Planter)
  • Mowing down a monarch and the apology
  • Traveling to Omaha, NE to search for milkweed

Outro music by Waylon Jennings, Omaha (affiliate download link)

@growmilkweed on twitter

growmilkweedplants on instagram

Host: Brad G.

May 13, 2016

1M Monarchs vs. a Mine, MexiRocks, Garden Vandalism & Jewel Milkweed - Episode 016

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Learn about the threat that could deplete the water supply for the Oyamel Fir trees resulting in massive habitat destruction of the habitat that the monarchs overwinter on in Mexico.

Learn how to order MexiRocks which directly support the citizens. MexiRocks is an alternative form of "butterfly tourism" that brings the monarch to your home or garden.

Read the entire story as published in the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Plants crushed, but not Conway School’s spirit. Community helps revive garden after vandalism"

Get up close to a wonderful, but rare, milkweed plant Asclepias cryptoceras that I discuss in great detail.

Host: Brad G.

Apr 5, 2016

Grow Milkweed Plants Podcast

Show notes:

  • Monarch deaths in Mexico on March 11, 2016
  • Cold moist stratification of milkweed seeds
  • Milkweed Madness 2016

Host: Brad Grimm

Mar 2, 2016

Host: Brad Grimm @growmilkweed

Content in this episode:

  • Eastern Monarch Population in Mexico 2015/2016
  • Milkweed Madness seed giveaway

If its good for the butterflies, it's good for me.

Featured song: The Great Monarch Migration

Visit "Milkweed Madness" free seed contest and enter to win!

Visit the page that accompanies this podcast episode for expanded notes.

Feb 11, 2016

GMP Podcast Episode 013 - "Western Monarch Butterfly Population 2015"

>page that accompanies this podcast

Featured content:

  • Western monarch population count is 271,924 butterflies.
  • Data collected at 187 overwintering locations from Mendocino county to San Diego county (most ever visited in one year).
  • New overwintering sites located in Alameda and Marin Counties.
  • Monarch breakup (think valentines day) marks start of spring migration.

Outro music bump by Jeff & Paige Mighty Wolf Album song Plant More Milkweed Please.

Download their entire children's album at

Host: Brad Grimm


Jan 25, 2016

GMP Podcast Episode 012 - "Braderfly at the Museum"

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Featured content:

The nickname given to the host is revealed.

  • Recap of the conversation with Gail at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.
  • Learn why there is no milkweed within ten miles of overwintering sites in Pacific Grove, CA.
  • Start your milkweed seeds now using a mini greenhouse like I am featuring on todays show!
  • Featured product: Gardman R687 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse Amazon's #1 Best Seller in the Greenhouses catagory.

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Host: Brad Grimm


Jan 11, 2016

GMP Podcast Episode 011 - "Pacific Grove Monarchs"

>page that accompanies this podcast

Featured content: Monarch butterflies overwintering at Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary and Cooper Cabin at Andrew Molera SP.

Featured products: Butterfly weed, Swamp milkweed and the groovy Pacific Grove Monarch sticker.

Host: Brad Grimm