The Butterfly Garden is located on Rossland Road W. Oshawa, Ontario

(Just West of Oshawa Creek)

A Partnership of the Durham Region Field Naturalists


and the City of Oshawa

Established June 5, 2004


Garden #1 planted June 5, 2004

Garden #2 planted May 27, 2006

Garden #3 planted August 25, 2007

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 began as a project related to the objectives of both the DRFN and the former Canadian Organic Growers-Durham Chapter. 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.


                  Black and Tiger Swallowtails                      Clouded Sulfur

                  Alfalfa                                                          Cabbage White

                  Monarch                                                      Plain Ringlet

                  Little Wood Satyr                                         Northern Pearly-eye

                  Great Spangled Fritillary                              Pearl and Northern Crescent

                  Question Mark                                             Comma

                  Red and White Admirals                              American Lady

                  Mourning Cloak                                            Acadian and Coral                                  Hairstreaks                                                    Spring and Summer Azures                   Eastern Tailed Blue                                       Silver-Spotted Skipper                           Long Dash Hobomok                                    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