Public Works Butterfly Garden
The City of Princeton was awarded a grant from the Native Plant Society of Texas to plant a Monarch Demonstration Garden at the new Public Works building. This garden consists of native milkweed and nectar plants that give the monarchs a waystation while migrating. Girl Scout Troop 3931 volunteered their time to plant the garden at the new Public Works building and learned about monarchs and their importance. The garden is used as an educational tool for Princeton residents and is open for community participation. The Blackland Prairie Texas Master Naturalists and other volunteers currently contribute to maintaining the garden.
J.M Caldwell Sr. Community Park Native Garden
Keep Princeton Beautiful was awarded an $800-dollar Native Garden Grant in 2018. Cub Scout Pack 229 and 450 volunteered their time to plant the garden at J.M. Caldwell Sr. Community Park. They learned about the importance of using native plants and their water-efficient properties. This space is now maintained by the Texas Master Naturalists Blackland Prairie Chapter and remains open to the public for contributions and participation.
Learn more about the Texas Master Naturalists Blackland Prairie Chapter
Learn about the local ecoregion from Texas Parks and Wildlife
Some plants you may find in the gardens include:
- Green milkweed
- Butterfly weed
- Texas sage
- Black-eyed Susan
- Mexican Hat
- Blazing star
- Little Bluestem
The importance of native plants cannot be overstated. Their roots are deep and contribute to erosion control, they attract and feed native pollinators and birds assisting in sustaining life and biodiversity, and they’re designed specifically for this region – meaning once established, they require little to no upkeep, care, or watering. This leads to overall less water usage, composting, or fertilizing. Choose native!
- Tolerate drought and local diseases
- Conserve water and protects water quality by controlling soil erosion
- Provide food sources (seeds, nuts, nectar, and fruits for birds, bats, pollinating insects, and butterflies)
- Attract insects for birds to consume
- Provide habitats for birds, wildlife, and larval host plants for butterflies
- Less maintenance
- Minimize use of fertilizers and pesticides