TWU celebrates Texas Wildflower Day

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May 24, 2024 – DENTON – Texas Woman's University celebrated Texas Wildflower Day at the Ann Stuart Science Complex and the Dr. Bettye Myers Butterfly Garden.

TWU was designated as the location for the annual celebration beginning in 1980. TWU adjunct instructor Carroll Abbott, who is also a wildflower preservationist and lobbyist and founder of the Native Plant Society of Texas, joined former TWU president Mary Evelyn Blagg Huey in lobbying the Texas legislature in the late 1970s to have the fourth Saturday in April designated as Texas Wildflower Day.

“The Texas Woman's University recognizes that the beauty of its native plants has enriched the history of our State and the lives of its people," Blagg Huey said in 1980. "Thus, it has a strong commitment to the conservation, dissemination and appreciation of our state's wildflowers. From this commitment, strong advocacy developed within the University community to support the statutory designation of a State Wildflower Day.”

This year's celebration featured a presentations A Short History of TWU’s Role in the Statutory Designation of Texas Wildflower Day and A Botanical Waltz Across Texas: Biological Crossroads and Floral Wonders of the Lone Star State.

There was also a photo contest, guided tours of the butterfly gardens, and watercolor painting in the garden.

Photo contest winners

Top three student photos

Starr Davis
Sandra Ruiz
Bitali Islam

Top three faculty/staff photos

Ann Davis
Sarah Wainscott
Anu Narkar

Jeff Robb Award

Ann Davis

photo of butterflies

photo by Starr Davis


photo by Sandra Ruiz

a bee on a purple flower

photo by Bitali Islam

purple flowers

photo by Jackie Karlsson

purple flower cones

photo by Sarah Wainscott

butterflies on yellow flowers

photo by Anu Narkar

butterfly on a yellow flower

photo by Ann Davis

Butterflies on purple flowers

photo by Starr Davis

photo of purple flowers

photo by Savannah Smith

butterfly on a yellow photo

photo by Sandra Ruiz

bee on a yellow flower

photo by Nadia Sanchez

pink flowers

photo by Mafia Mahabub Rumpa

white flower on a pond

photo by Luz Del Angel


photo by Laura Klein

bee on a purple flower

photo by Kerigan Hudspeth

butterfly on green leaves

photo by Katelyn Masingale

bee on a purple flower

photo by Emma Thomas

butterfly on yellow flowers

photo by Clarice Cunningham

a dragon fly

photo by Christopher Bacidore

bee on a pink flower

photo by Bitali Islam

bee on purple flowers

photo by Autumn Ventura

black and white photo of butterfly

photo by Ariel Wong

2024 Wildflower Day
2024 Wildflower Day
2024 Wildflower Day

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