Butterfly

A butterfly garden is a flowering garden designed to attract butterflies. Such gardens contain nectar plants which provide food for the butterflies and host plants on which the butterflies lay their eggs. Butterfly gardens require approximately six hours of sun per day. Not only are butterflies beautiful, but they are pollinators. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) states that pollinators such as butterflies, bees and bats are responsible for supporting about 35% of the world’s food crops.

Greenhouse is UK’s Environment and Sustainability Residential College and is housed in Woodland Glen II (see http://greenhouse.as.uky.edu/). Students in Greenhouse are required to enroll in two connected courses, one course per fall and spring semesters. During the fall of 2015 semester, students enrolled in UK 100 Pathways and Barriers to Environmental Sustainability participated in a hands-on project to create six butterfly gardens on UK’s campus. The gardens were designed, under the supervision of Dr. Carmen Agouridis, by technical staff member Tyler Sanderson and undergraduate students Coleman Stivers and Adam Garner all from the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department.


Below are the six Butterfly Gardens found on the University of Kentucky campus, along with information specific to each location.  

General information about the gardens can be found here:  Map of the Butterfly Garden Locations, Garden by Garden Plant Key, Information and Pictures of Butterfly Plants, and picture updates can be found on our Flickr page.

Location C. E. Barnhart

C.E. Barnhart Building

Located at the C. E. Barnhart Building, this Butterfly Garden measures 1,100 sq.ft. and has been adopted by the BAE Alpha Epsilon Organization. 

To view layouts for this Butterfly Garden, click the Design Key and Heights link below. 

Design Key and Heights PDF

Slone Research Building

Located at the Slone Research Building, this Butterfly Garden measures 650 sq.ft. and has been adopted by the Geology Club. 

To view layouts for this Butterfly Garden, click the Design Key and Heights link below. 

Design Key and Heights PDF

Ag. Science Lextran Bus Stop

Located at the Ag. Science Lextran bus stop, this Butterfly Garden measures 400 sq.ft. and has been adopted by the Entomology Club. 

To view layouts for this Butterfly Garden, click the Design Key and Heights link below. 

Design Key and Heights PDF

Erikson Hall

Located at Erikson Hall, this Butterfly Garden measures 240 sq.ft. and has yet to be adopted by any campus group or organization. 

To view layouts for this Butterfly Garden, click the Design Key and Heights link below. 

Design Key and Heights PDF

T.P. Cooper Building

Located at the Thomas Poe Cooper Building, this Butterfly Garden measures 425 sq.ft. and has been adopted by the Forestry Club. 

To view layouts for this Butterfly Garden, click the Design Key and Heights link below. 

Design Key and Heights PDF

UK Healthcare

Surrounded by UK Healthcare, this Butterfly Garden measures 150 sq.ft. and has been adopted by the Honors Living Learning Program. 

To view layouts for this Butterfly Garden, click the Design Key and Heights link below. 

Design Key and Heights PDF