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Monarch Oasis

Monarch oasis

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:

  1. Choose a quiet and sunny location for your garden, sheltered from the wind.
  2. Plant milkweed and nectar-producing plants, preferably indigenous species.
  3. 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. 

Further recommendations:

  • 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.

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.

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