utterfly gardens are areas planted with flowers that are meant to specifically attract and feed butterflies. Some of these flowers, like lantana, can be found in other places in Hatcher Garden but the greatest concentration of butterfly friendly blooms are here in the Butterfly Garden. Butterflies, including our state butterfly the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), arrive in late spring and can be found through early fall.

Upon entering the garden via the paved path, our Butterfly Garden, sponsored by the Spartanburg Garden Council, is located on the right. The garden experienced a major upgrade in the Spring of 2009 with the building of a semi-circle brick terrace ringed about by boxwoods. Elevated at the round end, one can stand on the terrace and look down on the butterflies gathering nectar. It is a great place for folks to spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy the beauty of the Garden from a flat smooth surface. A bird bath was installed as a mud puddling station (see insert below) for our lepidopteran visitors. Plants were chosen that will provide the butterflies with a constant source of food throughout our growing season. Lantanas and salvia start out in the spring and bloom through the summer, when the coneflowers begin to flower. Taller plants, like the ginger lily and joe pye weed, finish off the season until first frost.

The garden is adorned by a piece of the state stone, blue granite, sometimes called Winnsboro blue granite because it was quarried in Fairfield county. The garden is bordered on the right by a fence, straddled by a giant monarch caterpillar sculpture. (Please don't sit on the scuplture. Like real caterpillars, the metal sculpture is not meant for humans to sit on.)

Butterflies can appear to be eating dirt but what they are really doing is gathering minerals and moisture. We have a bird bath we converted to a puddling station. It can be
clearly seen in the winter (below left) but by late spring, the bird bath is enveloped with salvia "Hot Lips"(below right).

What's Wrong With This Picture?

When the artist created this Christmas card of a carolina wren in the Butterfly Garden, he did not paint something. What is missing from the picture?

what is the answer?

Engraved Bricks make the Butterfly Garden provide a unique place for people to celebrate life at Hatcher Garden. Bricks in the Butterfly Garden may be purchased and custom engraved to commemorate friends, family and special occassions. For more information on customizing your own brick and having it placed in the garden, click here.


(Salvia "Hot Lips")

(Lantana "Mozelle")

(Spirea "Neon Flash")

Butterfly Bush
(Buddleja 'Buzz Ivory')

(Helianthus 'Sun Queen')

Trumpet Honeysuckle
(Lonicera sempervirens)

Blue Fortune Hyssop
(Agastache 'Blue Fortune')

Black Eyed Susan
(Rudbeckia hirta)

(Phlox paniculata)

(Echinacea purpurea)

Joe Pye Weed
(Eupatorium fistulosum)

Ginger Lily
(Hedychium coronarium)

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