The Junction Butterfly Gardens
Welcome to The Junction Butterfly Gardens, presented by Doulas on Bikes, where nature comes to life!
In partnership with The City’s PollinateTO program, we maintain 22 butterfly gardens in raised tree beds, creating a pollinator corridor across Dundas Street West. Our pollinator pathway educates visitors and showcases each garden. NEW this year, we have added animation to each sign with the Artivive app! The Junction Butterfly Gardens will be installed on June 1, 2023!
Guided Walking Tours
Join our Presenting Sponsor, Doulas on Bikes, on a guided walking tour of the Junction Butterfly Gardens and discover the wonders of pollinator gardening! Led by our team of wild gardening enthusiasts and perinatal experts, the tour will be an immersive experience into the world of butterflies and their role in our ecosystem.
During the tour, you’ll learn about the different types of plants that attract butterflies and other pollinators and the importance of creating sustainable habitats for these essential creatures. You’ll also be able to identify various plant species and explore the neighbourhood’s other green spaces.
Whether you’re an avid gardener or love the beauty of nature, this tour is a great way to connect with your community and learn more about the importance of pollinators in our ecosystem. So join us, and let’s discover the wonders of the Junction Butterfly Gardens together!
Guided tour dates:
- 1. Saturday, June 17th, 2023 – 10 AM to 11:30 AM
- 2. Friday, July 21st, 2023 – 10 AM to 11:30 AM
- 3. Sunday, September 10th, 2023 – 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Tours will begin at the Bank of Montreal, located at 2859 Dundas St W.
Our expert landscapers, Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises, maintain our stunning gardens to create a sanctuary for our beloved butterflies. Last fall, we prepared our gardens for the winter season by cutting back perennials and planting harvested seeds back into the garden, creating a diverse seed bank of native Ontario plants. We regularly assess the health of our plants and replenish them with more native plants, ensuring our garden remains vibrant and lush year after year. Additionally, we add fresh mulch each fall to nourish and healthy our soil.
Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees and over 100 species of butterflies. Pollinators play an integral role in contributing to urban biodiversity and supporting healthy ecosystems and are a crucial component of a sustainable city. The Junction Butterfly Gardens increase the vital space for these beautiful and threatened creatures. Visitors who slow down, observe and return frequently can watch butterflies progress through their lifecycle, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult butterfly.
Come visit The Junction Butterfly Gardens and experience the wonder of nature in all its glory!