Purpose: Will help preserve an essential habitat that butterflies, bees, other pollinators, hummingbirds, and other birds need to survive. With butterfly populations plummeting it is critical to educate and restore habitats where possible.
The goal of this garden is to attract butterflies by planting a variety of native plant species that help sustain plant diversity and attract other beneficial insects and birds to the garden. The garden is an abandoned flower bed that has not seen use for years. It is located near water sources and more established trees and shrubs which will provide natural cover for insects and birds. The plants include a button bush, milkweeds, coneflowers, prairie blazing stars, phlox, coreopsis, rudbeckia, asters, parsley, dill, fennel, etc. These plants provide not only nectar sources for butterflies and pollinators, but also a food source for caterpillars. Lastly, a majority of the plants are perennials which should come back year after year where the garden can hopefully be filled in with annuals in future years.