Butterfly Garden

The Papillion 150 Butterfly & Pollinator Garden is a project to construct a 50’ by 60’ butterfly-shaped garden on the north side of Veterans Park, filled with perennial plants to attract those threatened and endangered species.

Butterfly & Pollinator Garden

In commemorating Papillion 150, this project celebrates and protects our community’s namesake — the butterfly. This garden would provide not only a habitat, but a living classroom where the community can come enjoy and learn about butterflies. The garden has been professionally designed by the same landscape architects at VIREO who designed Veterans Park several years ago. The garden will become a permanent feature that complements and enhances the serene and reflective nature of Veterans Park. The garden will also feature a 16’ tall monarch butterfly sculpture by renowned Omaha artist Matthew Placzek.


We have a great start on fundraising for this project, which includes several generous grants from local nonprofit organizations, as well as a $2,500 Neighborhood Grant from the City of Papillion. But we still need to raise the remaining funds to meet our $25,000 goal in order to allow construction in the Fall.

Please support this project. If you’d like to donate, click the link below, which will take you to the Papillion Community Foundation’s donation page. If paying by credit card, click “Write a note” and designate your payment to the “Papillion 150 Butterfly Garden.” If paying by check, simply note “Papillion 150 Butterfly Garden” in your memo.


Butterfly Garden Plan

Sculpture – “Tranquility”

A note from artist Matthew Placzek about the sculpture:

For over 150 years, the City of Papillion has stood as a urban sanctuary for local businesses, quiet suburban neighborhoods, and an outstanding academic system. Papillion has always been a community that cultivates kindness, hard work, and celebrates diversity. The butterfly, which has been a long-time symbol for the city, is a perfect representation of what it means to be a part of Papillion life. Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls, and interpret the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection and rebirth. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. “Tranquility” is a 16-foot-tall Monarch butterfly sculpture, created by Matthew Placzek. The acrylic panels of this Monarch butterfly sculpture shimmer and reflect the warm sunshine, creating an eye catching spectacle. My hope for this sculpture, is to become a long standing landmark for Papillion, and to inspire and evoke emotions of peace and tranquility.