Durham Region Field Naturalists © 2017 UPDATED MAR. 28, 2017

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Butterfly Garden

located on Rossland Road Oshawa, Ontario

(Just West of Oshawa Creek)

A Partnership of : Durham Region Field Naturalists (DRFN), Canadian Organic Growers (COG) (Durham Chapter) and the City of Oshawa

Established June 5, 2004

History

Garden #1 planted June 5, 2004

Garden #2 planted May 27, 2006

Garden #3 planted August 25, 2007

DURHAM REGION FIELD NATURALISTS

"conservation through education"

Please visit anytime! Parking is on the sidestreets off Rossland.

Volunteers maintain the gardens – tidying, planting, weeding, mulching, and litter pick-up in the area. (We always need more volunteers!)

For more information, contact Dianne Pazaratz at 905-433-7875.

About the Garden

The Butterfly Garden is a project related to the objectives of both the DRFN and COG-Durham – it provides habitat for some of nature’s little wonders in a time when their natural habitat in this area is disappearing due to urban sprawl, and is kept healthy using organic gardening practices. It also provides beauty in the community.

A committee of six people from both groups began planning in 2003. Research was done to determine plants that would pro-vide nectar for adult butterflies and/or food for the larvae. Club members who were experts on butterflies and plants were consulted.

We met with City of Oshawa Parks Staff to review our plan, then submitted a formal request. The Director of Parks and Facilities Maintenance Services took our proposal to City Council and it was approved.

The first two gardens are 40’ in diameter and contain seven pie-shaped plots full of perennials which attract butterflies. Members of both groups donated the starter plants for these gardens. A few annuals are purchased each year, mostly marigolds to light up the borders.

The third garden in the centre is a butterfly-shaped xeriscape (drought tolerant) garden measuring 45’ by 33‘ at its furthest points. It is raised three feet on the north side to slope down to Rossland Road.

BUTTERFLY SPECIES WHICH MAY VISIT OUR GARDEN

Black and Tiger

Swallowtails

Clouded Sulfur

Alfalfa Cabbage White

Monarch

Plain Ringlet

Little Wood Satyr

Northern Pearly-eye

Great Spangled Fritillary

Pearl and Northern Crescents

Question Mark Comma

Red and White Admirals

American LadyMourning Cloak

Acadian and Coral Hairstreaks

Spring and Summer Azures

Eastern Tailed Blue

Silver-Spotted Skipper

Long Dash Hobomok and European Skippers

Tawny-edged Skipper

Some Host Plants in the Garden for Butterfly Larvae

Parsley, Dill – Black Swallowtail

Pearly Everlasting – American Lady

Swamp Milkweed – Monarch

False Nettle – Red Admiral, Comma, Question Mark

Aster – Pearl & Northern Crescents

Hackberry – Mourning Cloak

LEARN MORE ABOUT BUTTERFLIES AND BUTTERFLY GARDENING

CHECK OUT THE BUTTERFLY WEBSITE