A town-operated garden in Flower Mound has grown.

The Town Hall Monarch Waystation and Pollinator Garden recently received a grant for expansion from the Native Plant Society of Texas Trinity Forks Chapter, according to a town news release. The one-time grant was for $493, said Anna Thorsen, communications specialist for the town of Flower Mound. The expansion was installed Oct. 19, and additional milkweed plants will be added in the spring, Thorsen said.

The details

The garden is located in the southeast corner of the large parking lot at town hall. The garden provides a vital habitat for migrating monarchs and native pollinators, such as bees, the release stated. The project added 360 square feet of garden space. The garden, which was established in 2019, features 14 species of native plants, the release stated. It should take two two growing seasons for the new garden to reach a full or mature-sized level, as Thorsen explained that each growing season is about a year, so officials estimate it will take two years for the expanded garden to fully catch up to the pre-existing garden.

A closer look

The garden is part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat program, which means it’s made up of all native plants that support local pollinators and is maintained using sustainable gardening practices, according to the town’s environmental staff. The garden is also part of the NWF’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge program as a certified monarch waystation.

More information about creating a pollinator garden can be found here.