Attracting beneficial insects and butterflies with native plants

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Millen Farm at the Samford Commons

2204 Mount Samson Road

Samford Valley, QLD 4520


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Peter Storer is President of the Samford Branch of Native Plants Queensland and heavily involved in the Samford Eco-Corridor project, which is restoring an area alongside the South Pine River in the Samford Parklands. This long-­term initiative involves a group of volunteers who have been clearing the area of invasive weeds, revegetating formerly mown areas with indigenous plant communities, and creating a corridor to enhance the riparian ecosystem and restore biodiversity.

In this workshop, Peter will draw on his extensive knowledge and experience with native plants to explain the close relationships between native plants, beneficial insects and butterflies and the growing of veggies and fruit trees.

Is this workshop for you?

Would you like to attract beneficial insects (pollinators and predators) to work for you in your orchard and veggie patch, and would you like to encourage more colourful butterflies to visit your garden?

Are you keen to learn which native plant species are the best beneficial insect attractors, thus enhancing food production?

This workshop is for gardeners, farmers, landscapers, and anyone interested in sustainable agriculture.

You will learn about:

  • Some of the beneficial insects and butterflies found in the district (but the main focus is on the plants).
  • A range of beneficial insect-attracting native plants suitable for both the veggie patch and orchard in the Samford district
  • How to use various host plants to bring more of our beautiful butterflies into your garden
  • How best to incorporate these native plants in and around your food garden.

The day will include:

  • An information session followed by Q&A
  • A tour of recent plantings of native species at Millen Farm
  • Plenty of opportunities to ask questions

The knowledge you will take away:

Following this workshop, you will have the ability to choose native plants suitable for your garden and local conditions. You will gain insights into how beneficial insects and butterflies can become an additional workforce in your veggie patch and orchard.

In addition, you will meet a lot of other people who share the same passion for growing native plants in a productive food garden.


A free tubestock plant for all participants

Native plants will also be available for sale (species often hard to obtain elsewhere)

Additional notes available on our website, exclusive to participants

What you need to bring:



Morning tea

Water bottle

Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker

Note: This workshop will cater for an adult audience, and requires a minimum 10 participants to proceed.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring along your printed ticket.

What does the waitlist do?

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance.

How can I contact the organiser with further questions?

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Libby, at workshops@millenfarm.org.

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2204 Mount Samson Road

Samford Valley, QLD 4520


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