I'm going to let you all in on a little secret. They don't grow butterflies at a a butterfly garden.They grow plants that attract butterflies. We went to a Butterfly Garden in Greensville, South Carolina at the Roper Mountain Science Center and we saw a lot of plants that attract butterflies, but we didn't see a lot of butterflies.
The garden was set up really well by the Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Association. Each plant had a sign that told what it was, as well as what butterfly the plant will attract. It was very educational and I definitely want to set up a butterfly garden once I live in a home again.
Our favorite plant was the passion flower. I have never seen it before and it seemed like something from a science fiction movie.
In addition to a couple of butterflies, we did find some eggs and caterpillars which was still fun for Madelyn.
If you are interested in creating your own butterfly garden, this website gives you a map that you can click on to find the types butterflies that populate your state.
This page has a list of butterflies and the plants that they are attracted to.
If you have more information or websites about your own butterfly gardens please share them in the comments below.