Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Picture of a butterfly in the meadow at Ladew Gardens

Butterfly Meadow

Picture of a butterflyThis garden was designed to provide food for the two active stages of
the butterfly life cycle. Caterpillars are the juvenile stage; they chew
on soft leaves and twigs. Typically caterpillars have favorite “host”
plants on which they feed. Since they are voracious eaters, caterpillars
can damage their host plants significantly. In the adult butterfly stage,
chewing mouthparts have been transformed into a proboscis, a tube
suitable only for feeding on liquid materials such as nectar from
flowers, rotting fruit, carrion, and feces. Because juveniles and
adults eat differently, they do not compete with each other for
food. This “resource partitioning” enhances the survival of their species.


View a map of the Nature Walk