Carrollwood Village Park is the most visited park in Hillsborough County with over 1.2 million visitors per year. Now, the park features a newly installed native butterfly garden thanks to the Viva Florida grant from the Florida Wildflower Foundation and a partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County.

Native butterfly garden at Carrollwood Village Park. Credit: Tia Silvasy

The garden broke ground on August 10, 2023 when staff and volunteers from the park service, Florida Master Gardener program and Florida Native Plant Society joined together to plant 124 plants of 7 different species. This garden features Florida native plants such as the swamp milkweed, aster, yellow canna, Tampa verbena, coreopsis and muhly grass. These plants will provide food and habitat for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. The garden will be an educational site for residents to get ideas on native plants to integrate into their home landscapes. Find plants for your yard in our FFL book
 or on our FFL plant app where you can search by zip code.

Master Gardener Volunteer, Jan Ignash, created the design for the garden helped to plant. Photo: Tia Silvasy, UF/IFAS

Agent Tia Silvasy was instrumental in forming community partnerships and garden was featured in Charley’s World Fox 13 News story that reached 1.5 million viewers. See the news footage here.The garden will be maintained on the first Friday of each month from 8am to 10am. Stay tuned for upcoming educational programs on butterfly gardening to be offered at the park. Stop by and visit the address is 4680 W. Village Dr., Tampa, FL 33624.

Thanks to the staff and volunteers the garden looks amazing!

Butterfly Garden Resources
Florida Native Plant Society
Florida Wildflower Foundation
Native Plants for Butterflies in Florida
Gardening for Butterflies

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