Do butterflies – particularly monarchs – fascinate you?
Create an attractive haven for these wonderful migratory insects by growing milkweed and nectar-producing plants. Your garden will become a place where you can observe these flamboyant Lepidoptera at your leisure. At the same time, you will help protect a migration phenomenon that is unique in the world and, unfortunately, in decline.
For your monarch oasis to be certified, you must at least meet the three mandatory criteria listed below:
- Choose a quiet and sunny location for your garden, sheltered from the wind.
- Plant milkweed and nectar-producing plants, preferably indigenous species.
- Maintain your garden in an ecologically friendly way: choose suitable plants, feed seedlings with compost, use water wisely, be tolerant of insects (removing those that are unwanted with a jet of water or manually), and so on.
- Plant a variety of plants to prolong blooming, thus attracting more pollinators.
- Provide an area of wet sand between the flowerbeds, where the butterflies can get the mineral salts they need.
- Reduce the grassy area and increase the flowerbed area.
Tip sheet: Create a monarch oasis
Did you know that …
Monarch caterpillars and butterflies are not edible for birds. Most birds that eat them get sick and avoid repeating the experience. So you can easily combine a monarch oasis with a bird garden, if you want to enrich your My Space for Life Garden experience.
We also invite you to sign the David Suzuki Foundation’s Monarch Manifesto.