I wanted a butterfly garden for many years, and after I moved to Columbia, I created one. All these pictures were taken in my garden.

Unfortunately, over time I have become too busy to keep up with it. So mostly I have some hardy perennials that keep coming back in spite of my neglect. So I hope you enjoy the pictures here, and maybe someday I will have time to garden again.

The history:

Being the analytical type, I did lots of research into what kinds of butterflies I might expect to see here in Richland County, SC. Then I looked up their favorite plants for nectar, and what sorts of plants they would want for their caterpillars to eat. Then I chose the ones that would grow best in our hot, humid summers, and created my garden.

The pictures you see here have been taken with my digital camera. I have divided them up by family, and the menu bar above will allow you to navigate easily (I hope!). The last section is other cool life forms that enjoy my garden as much as the butterflies and I do. This includes bees, wasps, dragonflies, lizards, and so on. I am amazed by the beauty and variety of life that shows up.

In each section, you’ll see thumbnails and descriptions. Clicking on the thumbnail or its associated link will bring up the full picture.

If you would like to use any of my photos, please contact me for permission at annkinsc@gmail.com