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

Plain Ringlet

Little Wood Satyr 
Northern Pearly-eye

Great Spangled Fritillary
Pearl and Northern Crescent

Question Mark

Red and White Admirals
American Lady

Mourning Cloak
Acadian Hairstreak
Coral Hairstreak

Spring and Summer Azures
Eastern Tailed Blue

Silver-Spotted Skipper
Long Dash Hobomo

European Skippers
Tawny-edged Skipper

Clouded Sulfur
Cabbage White



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