Romancing the Monarch

The wildly popular Romancing the Monarch Event at the The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden was a wonderfully whimsical experience for nature lovers of all ages. Multitudes of Monarchs fluttered among the Demo Garden’s joyful mix of plants that attract butterflies and pollinators while visitors strolled through, some holding pieces of watermelon to entice them closer. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in tagging and Monarch releases. Butterfly gardening is highly encouraged using a variety of host plants that butterflies need for nectar and to lay their eggs is a wonderful way to roll out the welcome mat for Monarchs.

At this time of year Master Gardeners encourage Hood County families to plant milkweed to ‘Romance” or encourage the Monarch to linger a bit in our gardens during their annual migration from Canada to Mexico. Lake Granbury Master Gardeners, working with MonarchWatch.org are part of the team who tracks the flight of the Monarch Butterfly by placing a tiny tag on the Monarch Butterfly, and entering that information into an international database so their numbers may be counted and awareness created to have their precious food source available all along their path.

You are invited to visit Lake Granbury Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden at 1410 W Pearl St. (behind Hood County Annex 1) any time, during any season to see what is growing and what will thrive in your garden in Hood County.