Butterfly Trail and Pavilion
Butterfly Interpretive Loop
An educational butterfly trail loops around the gardens at Springbank. Native plants and bushes that are known to attract butterflies have been planted along the trail with seven interpretive signs to educate trail users about local butterflies, as well as what plants attract them to your garden. This project was completed with the help of a group of students from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Lindsay. Included in the loop is our conceptual longhouse which was designed and erected by Bill Woodworth, an architect with the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge. This feature sits in the naturalized field just west of the gardens, displaying the size and structural components of an aboriginal longhouse, being about 200 feet in length and 28 feet wide.
the pavilion, just south-west of the community gardens, was built in 2011 to porvide sheltered space for gardeners, visiting school children, and community groups to rest or receive instruction. It is truly a unique structure, designed by students at the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture in Cambridge and built by volunteers under the leadership of Laura Knap, a graduate of the school. most of the wood required for the project was rough sawn cedar harvested from a sustainable forest in Eastern Ontario. The project was made possible by funding provided by the Kalvelman-Fonn Foundation and the Cloverleaf Foundation.
– Photo by Jessica Grealy