Submitted by John Bailey
Did you know Bluebonnet RV Resort has a nationally registered butterfly garden?
The Nationally Registered butterfly garden located at Bluebonnet RV Resort was created in 2020. Countless hours of research and labor went into the creation and the continued daily care of the butterfly garden.
We have flowers, trees and plants that are native to Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, and several other countries in South America. Every tree and plant that we have planted here were specifically selected to attract butterflies and hummingbirds too.
The butterfly garden has two trellised entrances, both covered with vine growing flowers and followed with patio paver sidewalks to allow guests to walk through the garden and observe the butterflies and various horticulture. As well, we have two wooden glider benches that allow guests to sit and relax in the garden with their favorite book or perhaps to enjoy a cup of coffee and good conversation with a friend.
Currently, the park is in the process of removing an existing water fountain and replacing it with a new, more natural looking three-tiered waterfall to further complement the butterfly garden. In doing this, the park is going to free up more space, which will allow them to plant several more flowers and bushes and as well, to extend the patio paver sidewalk for more close up viewing of the flowers, bushes and waterfall that are coming soon.
So how do you get your butterfly garden nationally registered. Visit the North American Butterfly Association at https://nababutterfly.com/butterfly-garden-certification-program-home/ for more information. The website has tons of information on the basics of butterfly gardening, feeders, recommended garden plants, and more. Some of the basic requirements to certify your garden are at least three different native caterpillar food plants must be grown (NABA encourages the use of plant species native to your area), at least three different native butterfly nectar sources must be grown, and the use of pesticides is discouraged.
You can also get a Monarch Garden certification. With the certifications, you are then allowed to buy outdoor, weatherproof signs endorsed by NABA.
If you have any more questions, visit their website, or make a trip out to the Valley’s own Butterfly Center in Mission. They usually have plant sales and informative meetings. Check their schedule or call them before heading out to doublecheck hours of operation. Their website is https://www.nationalbutterflycenter.org/.