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 Hairstreak                       Coral Hairstreak                               Spring and Summer Azures         Eastern Tailed Blue                          Silver-Spotted Skipper                 Long Dash Hobomo                         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