wood foot bridge at pond  Zilker Botanical Garden Koi Pond in Taniguchi Garden
Find us on facebook
ZBG Home
About ZBG
Prehistoric Dino Garden, Taniguchi Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, Herb & Scent Garden, and much more
Events, Festivals, Calendar
Education for Kids, Teachers, Parents
Support ZBG with your time, talent, money
AAGC Members
:: Zilker Garden Festival 2015 :: Closures ::

Monarch Appreciation Day

Saturday, September 13th – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Family-friendly Event – Free with Admission

“….Each year Monarch Butterflies wing their way up to 3,000 miles from wintering grounds in Mexico to the United States and Canada.  But this migration….may be in jeopardy…the Monarch population, dropping from nearly 1 billion in 1996 to about 33 million in 2013…”

Nature Conservancy, The Long Flight Home, August/September 2014 issue.


Monarch Appreciation DayView larger flyer-
view printable flyer
Head to Zilker Botanical Garden for a family-friendly, educational, and fun-filled event to celebrate Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators.  Enjoy a Butterfly & Pollinator Plant Sale from 10 – 2, benefitting Monarch Watch and the Xerces Society.  Learn about Bees, Monarchs, Organic Gardening, and Gardening for Wildlife & Pollinators at lectures scheduled from 10-2 in the Garden Center auditorium.  Take the kids to meet and greet caterpillars, butterflies, and moths, see a display bee hive and build a Bee house, make Wildflower Seed Balls, Butterfly Wings, create a Butterfly Mural, and get their faces painted! Join a guided tour of the Blachly Butterfly Trail & Garden, and visit Information tables to learn about gardening for butterflies, bees, and wildlife.



See this 13 ft. Monarch Butterfly on a bike!  Born as a collaboration of collective imagination between bike-builders, puppet-makers, and performers, the Austin Bike Zoo will delight all of us with this amazing creature…great photo opportunity for children! 
To learn more about this fascinating company and its Cofounder, Jeremy Rosen, visit www.austinbikezoo.org and see the ever-growing menagerie of unique and hand-built creatures, and learn about their upcoming events.



Held in the Garden Center Auditorium

photo: Matt Morris10:00 a.m. – Best Practices for Pollinators
                        Jeff Ferris
Jeff Ferris from The Natural Gardener nursery will discuss the importance of using organic gardening techniques to protect pollinators. Visit The Natural Gardener’s butterfly garden to see plants that attract butterflies and other pollinators. www.naturalgardeneraustin.com/butterfly-garden   


11:00 a.m. – What you can do to help bees: A beekeepers perspective
                           Brandon Fehrenkamp
Brandon is the owner of Austin Bees, specializing in professional-quality, live honeybee removal in Austin and surrounding areas. Visit http://www.austinbees.com for more information.


photo: Matt Morris1:00 p.m. – Monarch Waystations: A Monarch’s Field of Dreams
                         Chuck Patterson
Chuck and his wife, Patricia, have maintained #5574 Monarch Waystation since 2012, at their 2-acre home in Driftwood. These “citizen scientists” provide milkweed and nectar plants for the incredible migratory journey Monarchs take as they travel through Central Texas each spring and fall.


2:00 p.m. – Wildlife Austin Habitat Challenge for Pollinator Gardens
                          Meredith Gray
                         Conservation Program Coordinator,
                         Sustainable Urban
Agriculture &
                         Community Gardens & Wildlife Austin Program
Learn about the ways to transform your garden into a Winner for Wildlife and especially friendly for pollinators, through the habitat basics of water and food sources, shelter, and pollinator habitat compete with other neighborhoods to certify the most new backyard wildlife habitats and win awards!


POLLINATOR PLANT SALE  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Held in front of the Garden Center entrance
Hosted by the Travis County Master Gardeners

Benefitting Monarch Watch… Monarch Watch is one of the longest surviving education/conservation/research outreach programs committed to the Monarch Butterfly population. The program started in the fall of 1992. Visit their website www.monarchwatch.org/ for valuable resources supporting the endangered Monarch Butterfly.
and the Xerces Society… For over forty years, the Xerces Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. www.xerces.org/.

photo: Matt Morris


On the green lawn next to the Garden Center 

  • Capital Area Master Naturalists (CAMN) – Wildflower Seed Balls
  • Native Plant Society of Texas – Find the Animal
  • Austin Butterfly Forum – Butterfly table/tents – meet and greet caterpillars, butterflies, etc.
  • Zilker Garden Club – Butterfly tent
  • Austin Beekeepers – Bee hive display
  • PARD – build a Bee House and create Butterfly Mural
  • Zilker Docents – Butterfly Wings  &  Face Painting 


DOUG BLACHLY BUTTERFLY TRAIL & GARDEN — Guided Walks @ 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Meet at the flagpole in front of Garden Center
Matt Morris, PARD horticulture staff for ZBG Butterfly Trail & Garden, will lead these walks through the butterfly garden, filled with a variety of nectar and host plants that attract local and migrating butterflies.

photo: Matt Morris
photo: Matt Morris


In the Greene Room next to Garden Center Auditorium

  • Austin Organic Gardening Club
  • Travis County Master Gardeners
  • COA Information Tables
    • Watershed Protection (Green Garden)
    • Austin Resource Recovery
    • Office of Sustainability
    • Austin Water
    • PARD Park Rangers
    • PARD Wildlife Austin


SILENT AUCTION benefitting Monarch Watch and Xerces Society
In the Greene Room
Pollinator Garden Plants (donated by It’s About Thyme Nursery), Gardener Gift Baskets for kids and adults, autographed copies of Butterfly Gardening for Texas & Wildflowers of Texas, by Geyata Ajilvsgi.



©Austin Area Garden Council
Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Rd
Austin TX 78746