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Posted by: from Barrington
12/19/2007 at 8:38:49 PM

I have decided I want to plant one of these with my kids in the spring.

Basically a butterfly garden can be a whole garden or just a little section of your regular garden that has certain plants that produce a lot of nectar and are known to attract butterflies.

Also, certain types of plants attract certain types of butterflies, so you can plant a variety to get all kinds of different "visitors".

They even make butterfly houses that are kind of like bird houses--where butterflies can stay.

I would love to hear about anyone else's experiences with creating a butterfly garden.

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Brett in Toronto
Date/Time3/28/2008 at 3:59:28 PM

i dont have a butterfly garden specifically but i do have a very diverse perennial garden. i "inherited" it from the previous owner when i bought the house last year. i will tell you, when i was sitting in the garden in august, and just relaxing, there was a flurry of insect activity all around me! so many bugs taking advantage of the garden! it was like a mini ecosystem! i love that about the garden. it gets many different kinds of butterflys too including a lot of monarchs. its definitely worth doing and out learn so much.

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Spidy in Whitecourt
Date/Time4/12/2008 at 8:59:47 AM

you might wanna think again, it sounds really beautiful in fantasy, but in reality... its harsh, those butterflies will lay eggs which turn into caterpillar and destroy your garden and plants... so consider it well.

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Ruby in Scarborough
Date/Time4/13/2008 at 10:56:24 AM

It would really be great to have a butterfly garden! We do not really have a butterfly garden here at home but a friend of mine has one. She used to be very excited to have one and was very happy when she finally had one. After a while, she realized that she was having a hard time maintaining one.

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Grace in Vancouver
Date/Time4/14/2008 at 11:09:42 PM

I'm wondering what those flowers which attract butterflies are? I've had some butterflies, but not a lot. I only want one or two at a time, not a whole fleet.

Also, can someone confirm what Spidy 2222 said? ('those butterflies will lay eggs which turn into caterpillar and destroy your garden and plants... so consider it well. ')

Thanks.

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Spidy in Whitecourt
Date/Time4/21/2008 at 12:08:55 PM

well we all know those cycles right?

butterfly > eggs > caterpillars > pupal > butterfly

and really, if you really want a butterfly garden, make sure you spend most time in your garden, butterflies don't lay just an egg, in fact more. check cycles of it.

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R in Acton
Date/Time4/21/2008 at 2:43:07 PM

I don't get many butterflies around my garden but it would be nice to have a few of them around because they're so pretty to see flitting about in the plants. I would be worried about caterpillars but I've not heard much about that being a big concern.

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Spidy in Whitecourt
Date/Time4/23/2008 at 3:52:55 AM

normal plants maybe, but if some plants that are fragile~ you better be careful~ caterpillars really spoil some of my plants. but still~ just hope your area have enough birds so there won't be too much damage.

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Grace in Vancouver
Date/Time4/26/2008 at 1:14:07 PM

I guess a butterfly garden isn't for me then. :( There may be a few birds, but I don't want them flocking to my garden. :) Thanks Spidy.

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