About the Richmond Butterflyway
The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement that is growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies through neighbourhoods in communities across Canada.
In 2017, Butterflyway Rangers came together in Richmond to plant butterfly- and wild pollinator–friendly plants in more than 10 neighbourhoods throughout the B.C. city. They adopted parks, worked on their own gardens, encouraged their neighbours to do the same and created butterflyway patches at their schools. By the end of the 2017 season, Richmond Rangers had learned how to make healthy and sustainable meals, shared their passion for butterflies and wild bees with fellow Richmond citizens at major events like the Salmon Festival, Garlic Festival and Harvest Festival, and learned what to plant and how to care for butterfly and wild pollinator habitats. With help from the city’s sustainability office and parks department, Richmond Rangers planted a network of almost two dozen butterfly-friendly gardens in schoolyards, city properties, neighbourhood parks and private yards.
This year, the team of Richmond Rangers has expanded with a new recruit of volunteers who will help the team build butterflyway patches and engage friends, neighbours and schools around the Steveston, West Cambie and Oval neighbourhoods.
At their training, the new Rangers met Richmond Ranger alumni and made new friends, learned about butterflies and other wild pollinators and about pollinators’ connection with our food through a lunch-cooking demonstration. An hour-long workshop at a local nursery also taught them about planting and plant selection.
The Richmond Butterflyway
The full list of Richmond Butterflyway pollinator patches can be found below and on our interactive map.
- Agassiz Park and neighbourhood cul-de-sac
- Bridgeport Industrial Park and Pollinator Pastures
- Burnett Secondary School
- Cambridge Park Garden complex
- Choice School for Gifted Children
- Public Works Yard Environmental Office
- McNair Secondary School
- Myron Court Roundabout
- Paulik Park
- Phoenix Perennials Nursery
- Richmond City Hall
- Richmond Cultural Centre Rooftop Garden
- Richmond Jewish Day School
- Richmond Nature Park
- Richmond Secondary School
- With Our Own Two Hands Preschool and Learning Centre in Steveston
- Terra Nova Nature Preschool
- The Sharing Farm
- Shell Road Trail
- Tomekichi Homma Elementary