Butterfly Garden

Not only do Echinacea purpurea (coneflowers) attract Monarch butterflies, it's popularly believed that juice from the flowers can boost the body's immune system and help ward off infections.

Oneonta, New York, in the northern foothills of the Catskills, is a baseball town. It’s the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and until this year home to the Oneonta Yankees. To my friend Renee Shamosh it’s the home of relaxation, good friends, and butterflies. Yesterday Renee and her husband Michael came home from their 20th summer visit to Carolyn and David Anderson’s country house, raving about the garden. “When the Andersons bought their house it was on 14 acres of wilderness,” says Renee. “Over the last 25 years, Carolyn has created a wonderful country garden, building the first stone walls herself. She designed hillside gardens, a woodland garden, patio gardens, a pool garden, and a pond and waterfall. Butterflies and hummingbirds are everywhere.” Thank you, Renee, for these photos.

This butterfly magnet is aptly called Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue.' Common name: Pincushion Flower.

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint, Salon.com, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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