Outdoor Seattle

Butterflies

Butterflys Butterfly Habitat

Habitat destruction in Seattle and Puget Sound is far and away the main threat to butterflies and other animals. Vast forests have been removed for timber and paper products, and industrial emissions pollute water and air resources. Additionally, habitat is rapidly converted by expanding human communities and agricultural needs.

Seattle and Puget Sound has taken steps to reverse this trend in its parks, on the grounds of universities, and other publicly owned spaces to restore habitat that attracts butterflies and allows them to flourish.  These areas are open to the public to be enjoyed.

Heron Park
Partner: City of Mill Creek
Location: Village Green Drive and 155th Street SE, Mill Creek
Description: A 3/4 mile loop trail through a remnant coniferous forest. An interpretive handout describes the wetland boardwalk and butterfly and hummingbird demonstration gardens.

Directions: Mapquest

Genesee Park
Partner: Seattle Parks and Recreation
Location: Genesee Park, 4420 S Genesee Street, Seattle
Description: Former creek valley filled in with Seattle solid waste. Native trees, shrubs, and other plants have been planted on berms created in the grassland. The project also includes down wood, a constructed snag, interpretive signs, and rain shelters.

Direction: MapQuest

Carkeek Park Environmental Education Center
Partner: Seattle Parks and Recreation
Location: 950 NW Carkeek Park Road, Seattle
Description: A Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary demonstration project that includes native woodland landscapes around the new Environmental Education complex. Other features include a planted hedgerow, a managed meadow, a snag creation, and a bat box survey project.

Directions: Mapquest

Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station
Partner: Bellevue Parks and Recreation
Location: 15416 SE 16th Street (next to Phantom Lake), Bellevue
Description: Ornamental gardens planted with a combination of native and non-native plants to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other flying pollinators. Site also features a concrete pond and waterfall, nest boxes for native cavity-nesting songbirds, and a bat house survey. Native plants have been added to the surrounding woodland edges. Information is available in the ranger station.

Directions: MapQuest

Auburn City Park Wildlife and Water Conservation Gardens
Partner: City of Auburn
Location: 405 E Street NE, Auburn
Description: A two-acre portion of this traditional savanna-style landscape has been planted with native and non-native plants in various exposures. The project also includes logs, rustic benches, nest boxes, a gazebo, interpretive signs, and an artificial seep.

Directions: MapQuest

Bradner Gardens
Location: 29th Avenue S and S Grand Street (in the Rainier Valley), Seattle
Description: Bradner Gardens Park is a new 1.6-acre park in the Mt. Baker neighborhood of southeast Seattle.

Directions: MapQuest

Center for Urban Horticulture Demonstration Gardens
Location: 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Description: at the University of Washington. There are flyers at CUH.

Directions: MapQuest

Seattle Tilth Garden at Meridian Park
Location: 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle
Description: Great beneficial insect garden. The Children’s Garden is located just west of the main building and the Demonstration Garden is just south of that.

Directions: MapQuest

Bellevue Botanical Garden
Location: 12001 Main Street, Bellevue

The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands.  The living collections showcase plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest.  More detailed information can be obtained at the Bellevue Botanical Garden website.

Directions: Mapquest

Seattle Pacific University
Location: 3307 Third Avenue West, Seattle
Description: The University has several gardens including a new butterfly garden that bursts with color.  This is one of the newest campus garden and it brims with butterfly-friendly nectar plants that attract several varieties of butterflies to this sunny area of campus.  You can obtain more detailed garden information on the SPU website.

Directions: Mapquest

Magnuson Park
Partner: Seattle Parks and Recreation
Location: 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Description: has a butterfly garden near Promontory Point, in the southeastern part of the park.

Directions: MapQuest

Carl S. English Botanical Garden
Location: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle (at the Ballard Locks)

Description: This botanical garden is a tribute to the devotion of its first horticulturist, Carl S. English, Jr. During the 43 years working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Carl transformed the barren lawn, left after the construction of the locks, into a garden.

Directions: MapQuest

 

 

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