Monarch Waystations: Create, Conserve, & Protect Monarch Habitats

Monarch Waystation #1015
"Hamilton Elementary"
Cypress, TX 77429 U.S.A.

Registrant: Hamilton Elementary Butterfly Garden
Certified: 10/31/2006
Updated: 10/31/2006
Type: Suburban
Location: School
Size: Medium (200-499 sq ft)

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Comments: Hamilton Elementary school garden was built by and for our students. Each grade level took responsibility for a job in the construction from laying the stone, to moving the soil, to planting the host and nectar plants. The entire process took one month in May of 2006. This school year the students, parents, teachers and staff are all enjoying the garden and the wealth of butterflies that visit. Students are brought to the garden as curriculum enrichment in all subject areas and across all grade levels. Math , creative writing, and of course science are studied while observing the life cycle of the Monarch. Twice a month our "garden teacher" visits the school garden and spends the day with students teaching a prepared lesson. We love our new Monarch Waystation sign and proudly hang it near the front door to our school.


Milkweeds (Monarch Host Plants):
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica)

Additional Annual/Biennial Plants:
Lantana (Lantana spp.), Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia), Pentas (Pentas spp.), Porterweed (Stachytarpheta spp.), Verbena/Vervain (Verbena spp.), Zinnia (Zinnia spp.), Other Annuals or Biennials

Additional Perennial Plants:
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia spp.), Goldenrod (Solidago spp.), Other Perennials

Plant Density (Shelter):
6-10 milkweed and nectar plants per square yard

Sustainable Management:
Mulch around the base of plants to reduce the growth of weeds and retain water; Manage the density of the plot by thinning; Use natural compost for fertilization; Amend the soil to achieve a chemical balance before planting; Remove dead stalks before the next growing season by hand; Water the plot as needed to maintain growth; Eliminate the use of insecticides; Remove invasive species from the site; Add other features