Gibbs Butterfly Park

With new boulders now in place this fall, plants will be added to the circle.

Feb. – Sept. 2023 – Storms that took out Gibbs’ inner circle fencing (left photo) led to re-landscaping involving indestructible, landscape-enriching boulders. HB Trees had them transported from the HB Urban Forest in September. Artist Lubica, who HB Trees had commissioned for the monarch butterflies gracing the entrance monument posts as well as the small-circle entrance tiles, is donating her time for the inner circle’s re-design. Here, she sprays where to place the boulders.


John Runyard, whose family lived where Gibbs Park is today in the mid 20th century, recently shared his photos of Gibbs through the years, including this one from 2017. See more by clicking here.

Gibbs Park is located off of Graham Street between Warner and Heil in Huntington Beach, CA.  It is widely known for its Butterfly Grove – providing, sustaining and enriching a local habitat for some of our planets most amazing creatures – including the majestic Monarch Butterfly.

Gibbs Park is beautiful today thanks to: the City of Huntington Beach, HB Tree Society, California ReLeaf, Community Employees Fund of The Boeing Company, Aera Energy, HomeDepot, Boy/Girl Scouts, the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, community volunteers, and the Gibbs park Restoration team led by Leslie Gilson. This park has undergone an incredible transformation in the past few years.

Discover recent happenings at News from Gibbs Park.

Indy and Luna met at Gibbs last spring and became fast friends – or maybe reunited sisters!

During the lockdown, local children colored rocks and donated them to Gibbs Park for a rock garden.

To see a short video on
“The Metamorphosis of  Gibbs Butterfly Park,”
please click here.

 The fall migration of clustering Monarchs at Gibbs Park

True to their slogan, “Do a good turn daily,” these Girl Scouts cleaned the Gibbs Park fence and butterfly tiles. To see their chance encounter with an unusual visitor, please visit News from Gibbs Park.

“Gibbs Park went through a long-awaited revamp in September-October 2018,” shared Leslie Gilson, (now retired) Gibbs Park restoration coordinator. “The plumbago was out of control and the natal plum was a maintenance nightmare. We will eventually plant the inside bed. The next steps are to make sure all the weeds are dead, then put a weed barrier up and add mulch to all of it. Minimal planting will be done to the outside.”

The following “before and after” images are just a few examples of how much progress has been made at Gibbs Park!

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