The Dr. Bettye Myers Butterfly Garden

About the Project

TWU has approved a native plant butterfly garden project for the Denton campus that will attract and sustain monarchs and many other butterflies, bees, and birds. The butterfly garden is being supported financially by a generous grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (grant number: 83677401), funding from the university, and private donations. Read More >>

Butterfly Garden Photo Slideshow

 Bumblebee Lantana

Bumble bee (Bombus sp) on Pink Lantana (Lantana camara)

Black swallowtail

Black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) on Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)


Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Bumblebee Sunflower

A pollen-loaded bumble bee (Bombus sp.) on sunflower (Helianthus sp.) inflorescence

Carpenter bee

Carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp.) on Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bee (Xylocopa sp.), whose population is in decline, sucking nectar from Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea) flowers

Common buckeye

Common buckeye (Junonia coenia Hübner) on Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides)

 giant swallowtail

Giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) on prickly ash tree (Zanthoxylum hirsutum)

Honey bee

Western Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Monarch on Milkweed

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)


Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)


Tiny Yellow Passionflower (Passiflora lutea) flower

Pipevine swallowtail

Pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor) on Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides)

Queen Monarch

Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) on Mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) inflorescence

Rock Rose

Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala), nectar plant


Sunflower (Helianthus sp.), a volunteer in the garden, attracts lots of honeybees and native bees

Texas Yarrow

Texas Yarrow varieties (Achillea sp.)

Wasp on Frogfruit

WaspFrogfruit.jpg – A wasp pollinator on Frog Fruit (Phyla nodiflora) inflorescence

TWU Butterfly Garden receives Monarch Waystation designation

The TWU Dr. Bettye Myers Butterfly Garden (Phase 1, located on the south end of the ASSC) has officially been designated Monarch Watch waystation number 22127. Monarch Waystations provide milkweeds, nectar plants, and shelter for monarchs throughout their annual cycle of reproduction and migration.  Creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation contributes to monarch conservation and helps to assure the continuation of the monarch migration in North America. 

EPA Awards Nearly $75,000 to TWU for Sustainability Education Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $557,000 in funding for eight student teams as part of Phase II of the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant program. This includes $74,932 to a team at Texas Woman’s University in Denton for their work to develop sustainable pollinator gardens for habitat, water conservation, and education.

Support the Project

Cone flower, a favorite butterfly flower
Cone flower, a favorite butterfly flower, growing in the Phase I area south of the Ann Stuart Science Complex

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We need interested students to assist our faculty and staff in planting the gardens and maintaining them after they are established. Read More >>

Need more information?

For more information on fundraising efforts, please contact the Office of University Advancement.

Page last updated 4:18 PM, October 25, 2018