Butterflyway at Home

The best thing you can do to help butterflies, bees and other beneficial bugs is to provide food and shelter. This means having a variety of native plants and shrubs nearby and ensuring there are nectar-rich wildflowers available throughout the seasons, especially in early spring and late fall. Start with your yard or balcony, or reimagine part of your lawn. Check out the plant and DIY project lists below for inspiration.

Butterflyway in your Neighbourhood

The goal of the Butterflyway Project is to provide food and shelter for local butterflies, bee and beneficial bugs by establishing networks of wildflower patches, big and small, through neighbourhoods in Canadian cities. Local Butterflyways will include at least a dozen butterfly-friendly patches that include native wildflowers, plants and shrubs in private, public and institutional spaces, from yards and balconies to parks and schools in parks. Stitched together into a local Butterflyway, these vibrant patchworks of habitat will help local bees, butterflies and beneficial bugs.

For an example of how to create a Butterflyway, check out the Homegrown National Park Project. Over the past four years, the project’s keen team of volunteer Homegrown Park Rangers has established dozens of butterfly-friendly patches in Toronto, including clusters in Cedarvale, Danforth East Village and along the former the Garrison Creek. For inspiration, check out the DIY Butterflyway project ideas below.


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