Botanica’s Butterfly Garden attracts, retains and encourages populations of native and migratory butterflies. Hosts of nectar plants are featured in this garden with the goal of providing food for butterflies and flowers in continuous bloom throughout the growing season. Most active in the summer and fall, butterflies prefer temperatures over 75 degrees.
Host plants provide food for caterpillars and the puddling fountain is a shallow water source where the butterflies drink. Visitors spot different butterfly species and look for plants that attract butterflies to their landscape. Planting Butterfly Bush, Milkweed, Ivy, Herbs and Verbena are easy ways to build butterfly populations. Bringing Monarchs to your yard invites moments of magic. On their journey of more than 2,000 miles, the habitat you create can be part of an international migration.
A series of three bronze statues feature children interacting together with nature and one another. In New Season, by artist Gary Price, and Skipper, by L’Deane Trueblood, children marvel at butterflies. Also by artist L’Deane Trueblood, three young girls hold hands walking through the garden in Playmates.