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The Butterfly Garden

Located across the parking lot from the Visitor Center, the garden features one-quarter acre of lovely Texas native plants. The plants in the garden were specially chosen to serve as nectar sources or host plants for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.    All of the paths and a footbridge with handrails are accessible and ADA compliant.

Calling All Gardeners!

Love to work in the garden?  Come and help us add plants, pull weeds and spread mulch in our beautiful butterfly garden. Bring your own tools and gloves, and join our team. The minimum age is 18, or 16 if accompanied by parent/volunteer.  Garden volunteers get first dibs on thinned plants as well as access to seeds and cuttings for propagation. Contact Us for dates, times and details.

Butterfly Garden Walks

Enjoy the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman NWR! During the months of May through September, garden docents are on hand during scheduled garden walks to help visitors identify the native plants and the visiting butterflies.  Literature on plants and butterflies will be available, as well as close-focus binoculars to zoom in on the beautiful butterflies!  Registration is optional, come and go or come and stay - free. 

Butterfly Garden Docents

Do you love butterflies and native plants? Do you enjoy being outdoors and meeting new people? If so, then consider joining a group of volunteers who serve as docents in the Butterfly Garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.

Contact Us for more information, or simply come to a garden docent meeting scheduled between March and October. 

We'd love to meet you!

Information About Native Plants:

Helpful Links

How to Build a Butterfly Garden

Select Plants for Pollinators

Native Plant List for Grayson County An extensive list of plants known to host various butterflies.

Founding Sponsors of the Butterfly Garden


Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Araoz 

Dr. Hugh Garnett, Jetta Operating Company


Drs. Peter and Helen Schulze

Dr. Carlos Araoz, In Memory of Eulalia Araoz

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation


H. S. (Bert) and Lana Caswell Garcia

Clara Blackford Smith & W. Aubrey Smith Charitable Foundation

The Nancy Ruth Fund, in Memory of Sally Warden

The Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation

Painted Lady

Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society, in Memory of Sally Warden

Dick and Sue Malnory

Trinity Forks Chapter, Native Plant Society of Texas

Sherman Garden Club

Barbara and Wilbur Powell

Larry and Helen Vargus

Sue and Joe Abernathy

Grayson County Master Gardeners, In Memory of Jessie Gunn Stephens


Cathy and John Van Bebber,

Drs. Jerry Lincecum and Peggy Redshaw

Derek and Sandra Miller

Tom and Jean Flick,

Landmark Bank


Gary and Lee Hatfield

Doug and Sue Raasch

Marilyn Pickens

George and Laura Cooper

Ann and Ed Supina

John and Barbara Denton

Jim and Nancy Russell

American Bank of Texas

Becky Goodman, In Memory of Bob Hamilton

Maggie Goodman, In Memory of Gary Goodman

Ron and Diane Varley

Chuck and Donna Rogers

Alan and Shirley Lusk

Jon H. Kirk, Jr., In Memory of Jon H. Kirk Sr.

PepsiCo Employee Engagement Fund

Red Admiral

Chuck and Kris Carlson

Monica and Charles W. Muil, Jr.

Sandra and Fred Freeman

Brian and Michelle Blackmon

Jon and Rosalee Jenkins

Gary Kohls and Karen Niessing

Mary J. Blanton

Betty Sue Mollenhour

Don Makinson

Cynthia Brandt

Richard and LuAnne Malnory

Lou Ann and Larry Jackson

Karen Rice and Chuck Voelker

Pearce and Ann W. Bailey


Betty and Michael Mitchell

Jerry and Kay Bynum


Tim and Connie Bryant

Vernon and Peggy Harlan

Carolyn Kohls and Roger Mauermann

Mia and Richard Munson

Don and Kenlyn Lawrence

Betty Hepner-Gaarder 

Sustaining Sponsors

 Dr. Jorge Araoz

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Events and activities hosted by the Friends of Hagerman are funded by donations and powered solely by volunteers.  There are no fees for admission to the refuge or parking; the refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.

6465 Refuge Road

Sherman, TX 75092


Kroger: Stop by the customer service desk at Kroger and link your Kroger Card to the Friends of Hagerman: the Friends will get rewards for every dollar you spend, at no cost to you.

Please add friendsofhagerman@gmail.com to your contacts to ensure delivery of registration confirmations, account information and the Featherless Flyer

Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center 

See you at the refuge!

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