Butterfly Garden

The Papillion 150 Butterfly & Pollinator Garden is a 50’ by 60’ butterfly-shaped garden on the north side of Veterans Park, filled with perennial plants to attract threatened and endangered species. Thanks to the generous support of the Papillion community, construction of the garden began in Fall 2020 and continues to progress!

Butterfly & Pollinator Garden

In commemorating Papillion 150, the Butterfly & Pollinator Garden celebrates and protects our community’s namesake — the butterfly. This garden will 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 is 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. Thanks to the generous support of the Papillion community, the Butterfly & Pollinator Garden is now a work in progress with concrete work poured, flower beds in place and some of the first perennials planted!


We are pleased to announce that due to generous private and business donations and grants from local nonprofit organizations, including a $2,500 Neighborhood Grant and walkway infrastructure from the City of Papillion, we raised the necessary funds in order to construct the Garden and to plant 1200 Spring flower bulbs in early December before the first snowfall! But we still need to raise $30,000 to commission the Butterfly Sculpture “Tranquility” and funds for future maintenance of the Garden. Please consider supporting our project!


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.

Perennials Planted in the Garden

Click here for a list Perennials Planted in the Butterfly & Pollinator Garden.