Butterfly Garden Walks for 2017 will be offered April 1, April 15, and April 29, from 11 am - 1 pm; May 14, 3 - 5 pm and May 20, 10 am - Noon. Walks will be scheduled on the first and third (and where applicable - fifth) Saturdays , June, July and August, 10 am - Noon. Watch for later dates to be posted.
Visitors are welcome to stroll the garden on their own during Refuge hours. For garden walks, docents are present with free garden literature and can help identify butterlifes and plants and explain the connections between them. They also have garden scavenger hunts for families to complete and loaner close-focus binoculars to help visitors really SEE the butterflies!
Garden walks are free of charge and no reservations are needed unless you plan to bring a large group. Visitors may Come-and-go or Come-and-Stay. Cameras are welcome!
Docents meet monthly February - October for ongoing training, learning butterfly and plant species as well as other pollinators and the connections between plants and insects. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 10 am.
Docents lead garden tours and walks and give programs for groups. Open to age 18 and older.
Training topic for April 6, Native Bees, with Carol Clark; May 4, Dragonflies with Laurie Sheppard; June 1, July 6, August 3, Butterflies and Plants in Our Garden by garden docents.
Docents also create and publish literature to amplify the garden experience. To participate, please use CONTACT to notify us of your interest.
Click for the April Plant of the Month, Partridge Pea.
Where is the butterfly garden located?
Across the parking lot from the Visitor Center.
How large is the garden?
Approximately 1/4 acre.
Is the garden handicapped accessible?
Yes, all paths and a footbridge with handrails are ADA compliant.
How does it attract butterflies?
The plants chosen for the garden are known to be attractive as either nectar or host plants for butterflies, and should attract other pollinators as well. All plants in the garden are Texas natives. Click for a current list of plants including those known to host various butterflies.
Who did the work to build the garden and who maintains it?
The garden has been built with a combination of paid and volunteer labor, depending on the tasks involved. Volunteer gardeners maintain the garden.
What is the difference between this garden and the one adjacent to the Visitor Center patio?
Size, for one thing, walking access, shade structures, water feature and a teaching circle.
How can I get involved?
Opportunities for involvement include monetary support for garden maintenance and volunteer gardening (see below). There is also a garden docent program for the garden walks and tours. Click Volunteer to sign up or request more information.
If you enjoy gardening surrounded by interesting native Texas plants and visiting butterflies and in the company of like minded men and women, join us each Wednesday in the garden for garden workdays. Hours vary according to the season. For April meet from 10 am - Noon. Gardeners bring their own hand tools, a bucket, hat and gloves. Sancks and water are provided. Bonus, gardeners get plants to take home at dividing time!
Here are links to butterfly resources:
Learn why the Monarch Butterfly is being considered for endangered status and how you can help.
Click to download Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden, a brochure from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.