FBTX ~ A very special Native Butterfly/Pollinator Garden within the Rose Gardens of Farmers Branch has been designated as an official Monarch Butterfly Waystation Habitat by the Monarch Watch wing of the University of Kansas Entomology Program.
Created in the spring by volunteers from Keep Farmers Branch Beautiful, in collaboration with the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District and the City of Farmers Branch, the Garden provides Monarchs and other pollinators resources to produce successive generations and sustain their migrations.
Every fall, hundreds of millions of Monarch butterflies migrate from the U.S. and Canada to mountains in central Mexico, until their return flight in the spring. The Native Butterfly/Pollinator Garden gives Monarchs nectar and other nourishment for their long journey.
Students from Polk and Field Middle Schools came out on a damp morning to plant the garden along with KFBB volunteers and City staff. Students were exposed to garden design concepts, native plants, gardening techniques, proper tool handling and sustainability concepts.
Two videos have been produced, one by the school district, highlighting the planting day for the Garden and the other one, featured here, is an overview by Farmers Branch Landscape Manager Pam Smith.