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Perilous Journey, Monarch Migration Through Texas
           — Edible Austin, March/April 2014

Tagged Monarch Butterfly... Matt Morris is all too aware of the monarch’s plight as well. Morris manages Zilker Botanical Garden’s Butterfly Trail, which includes roughly 45 gardens that cover about three acres. The winding trails and gardens may appear purely decorative, but there is intent behind every purple passionflower, pipevine, blue porterweed and, of course, the multitude of milkweed—all favorable to help create the next generation of caterpillars.

In 2012, Morris established the garden as a certified Monarch Waystation—a concept created by Monarch Watch, a national outreach and awareness program—which supplies migrating butterflies and caterpillars with the milkweed, flowering plants, shelter and water they need for survival, and educates visitors about how they can help. “These waystations provide the necessities for monarchs to complete their incredible migration,” Morris says. “With habitat loss, pesticide use and weather extremes, these backyard oases are becoming more important not only for monarchs but for other butterflies as well.” 

At Zilker, Morris is also part of Monarch Watch’s tagging program, which involves adhering tiny tags with numbered information to a monarch’s wing. Anyone who finds a dead tagged monarch can call the phone number on the tag and provide information about the butterfly’s location. Tracking a monarch’s movement may hold clues about the forces affecting their behavior patterns...

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Grow Green guideGrow Green
Descriptions of native and adapted plants are included in the City of Austin’s Grow Green informative guide, Native and Adapted Landscape Plants: an earthwise guide for Central Texas.  This publication is available at local nurseries and at the Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden.  You can also download the guide at

Travis County Master Gardeners
The Travis County Master Gardeners provide educational workshops and informative publications. See them all at

  • Broccoli to Butterflies: School Garden Templates - a free publication available online
  • Creating a Drought-Resistant Garden in Central Texas
  • Garden Guide for Austin and Vicinity

Central Texas Gardener
KLRU's weekly show, Central Texas Gardener, showcases exquisite Central Texas gardens, and hosts local gardening experts.
CTG blogCheck out the Central Texas Gardener blog for more gardening info.

Texas Gardener magazine Texas Gardener
The monthly magazine for Texas gardeners, by Texas gardeners.
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Neil Sperry's GARDENS
Roses are so delicious and nutritious that they attract many animals like rabbits and deer.....Read Mike Sharp's article about a solution to keep the deer from destroying your roses in Neil Sperry's GARDENS

Dave's Garden is a favorite of many gardeners. A great resource for all gardeners. Check out the website.
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