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Monarch Butterfly Garden Initiative

monarch butterfly in Camelot Park

In 2016, Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski signed a pledge to “hereby commit to help restore habitat for the monarch and encourage our citizens to do the same, so that these magnificent butterflies will once again flourish across the continent.”

As part of that commitment there were a number of items that the City of Bryan pledged to do to support this initiative. Not only would the City and its Parks and Recreation Department be directly involved, but we would also encourage our citizens to create habitat conducive to the feeding and reproduction of monarch butterflies in their own personal gardens.

The City of Bryan is establishing eight (8) new butterfly gardens in our park system. These locations are in seven (7) parks and one roundabout (Nash St.). We also currently have one registered Monarch Way Station in Camelot Park. This waystation was established by the neighborhood residents and is maintained by those
residents (Memorial Forest).

To assist in the establishment of monarch gardens, we would like to offer the following information which we hope you find useful. The basic grouping of plants offers representative varieties of nectar and food plants for the monarch. The ‘Helpful Links’ section below provides you with websites that contain valuable information on how to get started in butterfly gardening.

Basic Grouping of Plants

Nectar Plants: Purple Coneflower, Plumbago, Lantana, Bird of Paradise, and Turk’s Cap

Food Plants for Larvae: Brown Eyed Susan, Aster, Butterfly Weed (Asclepias Family), Canna and Ruellia

Helpful Links