An arbor trellis covered with Dutchman’s Pipe marks one end of the curved path that meanders through Heathcote’s Butterfly Garden.

At times the vine is covered with Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies. At other times you may spy their caterpillars fattening themselves on the leaves to start the next generation. The Butterfly Garden contains over 35 species of plants selected to attract butterflies. Some are host, or larval, plants. Butterflies are very specific about their preferences for these. Others are nectar plants that attract a variety of butterflies. Pick a warm sunny day to see the most butterflies, and rejoice to see holes in the foliage! That means more butterflies will be coming soon.

million pollinator garden challenge
Heathcote is a registered garden in the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge from the National Pollinator Garden Network. The focus of the NPGN is: to inspire individuals and community groups, institutions and the garden industry to create more pollinator habitats through sustainable gardening practices, habitat conservation and provide these groups the tools to be successful.

NPGN collectively represents approximately 800,000 gardeners, 20,000 schoolyard gardens and has surpassed their goal to register a million gardens!

Heathcote enjoys contributing to the creation of pollinator habitats which are also beautiful and provide educational opportunities for children and all our visitors.