Butterfly Garden


Extending from the Passenger Pigeon Exhibit to the World of the Insects on the left side of the path if you are going downhill, this garden features many butterfly favorites and some informational signage. Of particular note is the Dutchman’s Pipevine (Aristolochia tomentosa) that grows up into the pines at the back of the bed. This vine is the host to the Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) and, if you’re timing is right, you will see them up feeding on the perennials and annuals and then flying up into the vines to lay eggs. Somewhat hidden in this garden are two rare native plants, prickly ash (Xanthoxylem Americanum) and hoptree (Ptelea trifoliata), which host the Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes).