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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May 31, 2017

Jewel milkweed. Join me as we go explore the plant in-person.

Host: Brad Grimm

May 24, 2017

Vocabulary word: Phenology

Cautionary tale of blindness. Milkweed sap poses a serious health risk to humans. Learn about the risks and how to safely work with milkweed.

Milkweed Madness 2017 winners have received their prizes. I'll tell you what the prizes were, who donated some of the prizes and what you can do to make Milkweed Madness even greater in 2018.

Monarch butterflies have advanced north and are passing thru southern Maine and have reached Canada, spread out around the great lakes region. Check out the observation by Jaremy in Harpswell, Maine.

Book recommendation - The MONARCH: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly by Kylee Baumle. The book is currently sold thru Amazon. Please visit my affiliate link to purchase the book. By using my link to purchase the book, I receive a small portion of your purchase, thank you. 

Host: Brad Grimm

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Mar 10, 2017

Vocabulary word: DIAPAUSE

Milkweed plant donation by Cat R of Green Thumb Gardnes, on Instagran @hbgtg or

REGISTER NOW FOR MILKWEED MADNESS 2017 (press and hold here for link)


Visit game registration closes on March 12 at midnight. 

host: Brad G.

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. 

Follow on social media @growmilkweedplants


Aug 20, 2016

Monarch butterflies in the East are passing the 49ยบ 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.

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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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