Jakes Branch Butterfly Garden

 What is a Butterfly Garden?

A Butterfly Garden offers life-supporting benefits for all stages of the butterfly life cycle, including larvae (caterpillars) and adults. Nectar from flowers provides food for the adults and leaves provide food for the caterpillars. Leaves, stems and other vegetative structures provide places to lay eggs and form chrysalides.  Other pollinators, such as hummingbirds and native bees also benefit from Butterfly Gardens. The SHIP Butterfly Garden at Jakes Branch is comprised of native perennial plants that thrive in moderately sunny areas and most soil types, including sandy, nutrient poor soil found in Ocean County.

Click the map below to view a selection of native plants that can be used to create your own Butterfly Garden. Visit the Jersey-Friendly Yards website to view images and learn more about these and other pollinator plants that will thrive in your own backyard. Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS database to learn more about each plant.




Click on the image above to download a PDF version of this map of the Butterfly Garden on display at Jakes Branch County Park.

Download the following resources to learn more about the benefits of native plants, as well as the sun, water and soil conditions Ocean County (Barnegat Bay watershed) natives prefer:

Going Native: Landscaping with Native Plants in the Barnegat Bay Watershed

“Bayscape for Barnegat Bay”


Volunteers plant a garden in the shape of a butterfly for the SHiP Project at Jake's Branch County Park. This garden includes native plants that will attract butterflies, among other beautiful wildlife.

Volunteers plant a pollinator garden in the shape of a butterfly.

Butterfly Garden Blooming

The Butterfly garden in bloom, June 2014

The last of the blooms in October 2014.

The last of the blooms in October 2014.


SHIP Project Web Pages:


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Ocean County Soil Conservation District
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