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2019 in the Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden Walks,  weather permitting, will be held on the first, third, and if applicable, fifth Saturday, April through June, and in September and October. During July and August, Garden Walks will be held on the first Saturday of the month. Saturday walks are set from 10 am - Noon for April and May and will be from 9:30 - 11:30 June through September, then 10 am - Noon in October. A special Garden Party is planned for Mother's Day at 2 PM.

Come out to stroll the Butterfly Garden at HNWR!  Lovely Texas native plants in  bloom! Garden docents are on hand during scheduled walks to help visitors identify the native plants and the visiting butterflies.  Literature on plants and butterflies is available, as well as close-focus binoculars for loan, to help zoom in on the beautiful butterflies!  Come and go or come and stay - free. enjoyable solo, with a friend or with the family.

Butterfly Species at HNWR

Want to know what butterflies may be seen at Hagerman NWR, or in surrounding Grayson County?  Here is list of confirmed sightings as of December 1, 2019, compiled by Laurie Sheppard:  Butterfly Species List

Butterfly Garden FAQ's

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.


Want to Become a Garden Docent?

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 April, June, August and October at 10 am, and at Noon on the first Saturday of March, May, July, and September..

Docents lead garden tours and walks and give programs for groups. Open to age 18 and older.

Docents also create and publish literature to enrich the garden experience. To participate, please use  CONTACT to notify us of your interest.


Garden Work Days

If you enjoy gardening surrounded by interesting native Texas plants and visiting butterflies and in the company of like minded men and women, contact us to join the pool of men and women who work weekly during the growing season.

For the Love of Butterflies
Want to Start A Butterfly Garden at Home?

Click for advice on growing a butterfly garden of your own.  Another click helps you grow a garden for not only butterflies but also other pollinators.

Friends of Hagerman
6465 Refuge Road
Sherman, TX 75092
(903) 786-2826