Herbarium and Butterfly Garden

Herbarium photo collage including 1 specimen, 1 label and specimen files
Delphinium Ajacis (Larkspur) specimen and label from the TWU Herbarium historical collection. Specimen collected by Albert Ruth in 1919.


The Texas Woman's University Herbarium features many ongoing and newly added specimens as well as a historical collection. Our historical collection contains specimens donated by well-known Texas collectors and botanists between 1903 and 1947, and is particularly valuable for the biological information it provides concerning the flora of many areas in Texas (including Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, Austin, Houston and Big Bend National Park), and several regions in New England and Mexico. The Herbarium involves both undergraduate and graduate students in curatorial and scientific projects while also providing an important source of knowledge for the scientific and regional communities.

The Herbarium is located on the third floor of the graduate research building (GRB R324) on TWU's Denton campus.

If you wish to view or use specimens in our collections, please contact the Herbarium curator, Camelia Maier, Ph.D., at cmaier@twu.edu. Use of the Herbarium is by prior arrangement only and restricted to normal working hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday). For more information, please visit the Herbarium Use Policy page.

Dr. Bettye Myers Butterfly Garden

Butterflies on a branch

Texas Woman's University has approved a native plant butterfly garden, or pollinator garden, for the Denton campus that will attract and sustain monarchs and many other butterflies, bees and birds. Biology division faculty and students are very much involved in the building and maintenance of the garden, as well as garden research and outreach projects. The butterfly garden project will proceed in two phases: Phase I, on the grounds of the Ann Stuart Science Complex, and Phase II, west of the Texas pond, which will be a large “showcase garden." The project will provide students with many opportunities to “learn by doing” and to serve the university by creating a beautiful landmark on campus.

Visit the Dr. Bettye Myers Butterfly Garden homepage to learn more.

Women in STEM Leadership host watercolor painting at Butterfly Garden

Three musicians play in the butterfly garden

The Women in STEM Leadership hosted watercolor painting in the Dr. Bettye Meyers Butterfly Garden. The event was sponsored by the School of the Sciences.

Sheli Petersen of the division of Visual Arts provided paint and color-theory lessons, and Karlee Collins, Jasper Lee, ToQuyen Nguyen, Helena Song and Britney Bennett of the Student Association of Music Therapy played background music.

TWU student photo contest

The Women in STEM Leadership hosted a student photography contest involving photos of the Butterfly Garden. Nine entries were submitted, and the winners were:

  • First place: Sebastian Perez
  • Second place: Md Shabab Mehebub
  • Third place: Tessa Nester
photo of a bee on a flower

The first place photo by Sebastian Perez

Photo of a bee on a flower

Second place photo by Md Shabab Mehebub

photo of an arch in the butterfly garden

Third place photo by Tessa Nester

Photo of an insect on a purple flower

Photo by Bethany Robinson Banks

Photo by Emily Hoover

Photo by Emily Hoover

photo of a butterfly

photo by Karla Grimaldi

photo of a bee on a yellow flower

Photo by Katerina Stokes

Photo of flowers and a watercolor painting

Photo by Maryana Sloniewsky

Photo of an insect on a pink and white flower

Photo by Md Mozammel Hossain

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