Dorset nursery highlights gardening for butterflies

Groves Nurseries in Bridport have developed an instore exhibit to demonstrate to visitors ways in which they can make their gardens attractive to pollinating insects such as butterflies and bees.

solar dome greenhouse

Working with Dorset Butterfly Conservation, the nursery has created a display of pollinator friendly plants in their solar dome.  The Solar dome is a state of the art greenhouse with a geodesic shape (a bit like the ones at the Eden project) that allows for maximum light capture and reduced heating costs.


Managing Director Charlie Groves said “We use the solar dome to exhibit our National Collection of violets in winter and early spring, but as they stop flowering from March onwards we have to find another use for it.  There has been a lot of interest surrounding the plight of pollinating insects lately and we thought this would be a great way to provide people with the information and plants they need to be able to make a difference in their own garden.”

Chief Executive or Butterfly Conservation, Dr Martin Warren said “Gardens are crucial havens for butterflies and everyone can help by planting a wide range of nectar sources and some caterpillar food-plants"


If you would like to introduce more butterfly and caterpillar friendly plants into your garden, why not start a wild flower meadow?  They're easy to care for and you'll be amazed at how many creatures are attracted to them.  Learn more

painted lady butterfly