Since attending the Garden Blogger’s Fling earlier this year, I’ve been a bit more inspired to visit gardens whenever I can. I’ve noticed that many of the gardens – both public and private – have areas that are designated as certified habitats. I’ve seen butterfly and pollinator habitats, and a few specifically characterized as Monarch Butterfly habitats. Other gardens had spaces more broadly classified as wildlife habitats. After carefully exploring the plants and design features in each of these garden habitats, I realized they were very similar to my own. I grow many of the same plant varieties and offer sources of food, water and shelter to make my garden attractive to wildlife. That’s when it occurred to me that I could certify my garden!
If you want to create an outdoor space that’s beautiful, peaceful and relaxing a small home butterfly garden may be for you. Butterfly gardens are designed to attract butterflies and other pollinators to a specific area where they can find food and water, as well as, and locate a safe place to lay eggs. Plus, if you’re like me and love to take pictures of your garden – you’ll have lots of opportunities to capture some amazing shots of beautiful pollinators that stop by!
Fortunately, designing a sanctuary where you want to hang out, in addition to providing a habitat where native butterflies can pollinate and populate can be created in a few simple steps.