Groundbreaking for a butterfly garden being established on the grounds of the Lehnis Railroad Museum in Brownwood will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The area around the historic Kress depot will become an official “Monarch Waystation,” providing a habitat for the Monarch butterfly and other species.

The Monarch is in serious decline due to wide use of herbicides. Communities, schools, and state and local governments are encouraged to develop space where milkweed and nectar plants can grow. Butterfly habitat can also be developed along roadsides, rights of way, and other public and private lands. Even backyards can become an oasis for butterflies.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and The National Wildlife Association have all begun initiatives to save the Monarch butterfly. Laura Bush’s foundation ‘Texan By Nature” also supports this effort. The City of Brownwood joins in by creating this Monarch Waystation on the Museum grounds. The public is invited to come at 10:30 for groundbreaking and balloon release.

“Planting will begin in the fall, and it will be exciting to see the garden develop,” said museum Curator Beverly Norris. “Texas is very important to the Monarchs, they come through Brown County twice each year. We are on their migratory path. The City of Brownwood is pleased to be a part of this conservation effort.”

Planting and maintaining the garden can be done at very low cost.

More information about how to help butterflies will be available inside the museum.