Keep North Charleston Beautiful maintains two butterfly gardens in North Charleston. These gardens are located on the grounds of two community centers in North Charleston and are open to the public during normal park operating hours. The gardens are not enclosed, but are part of a natural garden setting. They are wonderful locations to observe and learn about butterflies and other pollinators along with some of the sustainable plants that attract them.
Visit our Volunteer page to learn more about the different programs offered in the butterfly gardens.
Visit our Resource Library for planting tips and information about creating and maintaining your own garden.
Park Circle Butterfly Garden
4800 Park Circle, North Charleston, SC 29405
The Park Circle Butterfly Garden is located on the grounds of the Felix Davis Community Center, right in the center of Park Circle. This garden site has existed on the grounds of the community center for many years, and on April 26, 2008, KNCB staff joined volunteers from CSX to revitalize this garden space and create the Park Circle Butterfly Garden. In 2015, the Park Circle Butterfly Garden was certified as a Monarch Garden and as a Butterfly Garden by the North American Butterfly Association. Additionally, the Park Circle Butterfly Garden is a registered Pollinator Garden as part of the Pollinator Partnership. On Earth Day of 2016, Yellowstone Landscaping donated their time and materials to install a reading nook in the garden. A paved, accessible pathway was added to the garden in 2017 thanks to funding from a Keep America Beautiful and Lowe’s Community Partner Grant. The picnic tables and benches in the garden are all made of sustainable, recycled material. These tables and benches were purchased through grants from PalmettoPride and CSX.
This garden features more than 50 different plant varieties that attract butterflies and pollinators to the garden. While butterflies may be seen in the garden during most of the warmer months, the best time to see butterflies is during September and October of each year.
Each of the plants in the Park Circle Butterfly Garden is marked with an interactive plant identification tag. (A sample tag is pictured to the right.) These tags feature the botanical and common names of the plant along with a scannable QR code that visitors to the garden may scan with their phones to learn more about each of the plants in the garden.
To view information about the plants found in the Park Circle Butterfly Garden, click the “Plants Map” link below. You may also click the “Google Map” link to view an interactive map that plots the location of each plant found in the garden.
Northwoods Park Butterfly Garden
8348 Greenridge Road, North Charleston, SC 29406
KNCB’s second butterfly garden in North Charleston was installed at the Northwoods Park Community Center on Earth Day of 2015. This garden was installed in collaboration with the center’s after-school program and local 4-H groups. The students in the program helped to install the garden as part of an Earth Day activity, and they have taken great pride in the garden ever since. Like the Park Circle Butterfly Garden, this garden features plant varieties that attract butterflies and pollinators to the garden.