Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden Creates Habitat and Food Source

With the help of the Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, twenty-two Texas adapted host and nectar plants were donated to create a haven for our local butterflies.

This donation enabled the Lois Diggs Butterfly Garden to be established in December 2009. This is a fenced area officially dedicated by Monarch Watch as a Way Station for the preservation of Monarchs. It contains special host plants of the milkweed variety. Of course, the garden is very popular with other kinds of butterflies.

The Monarchs are arriving in the Dallas area now during their spring and fall migration to and from Mexico. A spectacular sight. Look for them in our Butterfly Garden.

Meet Our Butterfly Garden Manager

Steve Martindale is the current Butterfly Garden Manager. He keeps it thriving on the hilltop of LHCG. The Butterfly Garden was rebuilt in 2016 under the guidance of Elizabeth Williams and achieved Monarch Way Station Status.

Honey Bee hitching on Monarch feeding on Milkweed by Louise Elam
Honey Bee hitching on Monarch feeding on Milkweed. Photo: Louise Elam

Tour our Butterfly Garden

As a component of our educational outreach, we invite you to visit the Butterfly Garden. Learn what butterfly-friendly plants are growing. Below is a PDF guide showing photos, common names and scientific names. The guide takes you on a visual tour of the plants that attract butterflies, particularly the endangered Monarch that we are helping to protect.

Scroll to bottom of image then tap to view additional pdf pages.

Download Plant ID Guide LHCG Butterfly Garden

Monarch on Coneflower (Echinacea)
Monarch on Coneflower (Echinacea)
Hummingbird Bush (Flame Acathus/Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii)
Hummingbird Bush (Flame Acathus/ Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii)

Learn About Butterflies

Butterflies are important pollinators in our gardens. We must help preserve their habitat and food source as well as ensure that species rapidly decreasing in numbers do not disappear from our planet.

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Butterfly Life Cycle

Their life cycle is fascinating. Visit our Butterfly Garden where children and adults love to see them fluttering about, learn about the beautiful and varied species, and watch them thrive.

Butterfly Life Cycle
Butterfly Life Cycle


Texas Discovery Gardens

Monarch Watch

National Wildlife Federation

The Monarch Butterfly Story

Saving the Monarchs

Butterfly Life Cycle