Whether your first visit or you are a regular to the garden, some reminders:
Look - Don't Touch: Touching plants can disturb eggs and baby caterpillars. No matter where an adult butterfly lands, it is very important not to touch the wings or the flowers they need for food. Butterflies have exoskeletons and touching can hurt them.
It is illegal to remove flowers, butterflies, or caterpillars from the butterfly garden. We are not allowed to give away plants or insects as they are property of Harris County.
Stay on Paths: Walking in the flower beds or on walls could cause injury to plants or children
Where to Look: Point to the juvenile garden signs in the garden to help children learn how to take care of it. Look at butterfly weeds (milk weeds) for feeding caterpillars. Look in the air, on brightly colored flowers and at the birdbath for butterflies and birds. They use the birdbath for drinking and bathing so please help us keep it clean for them.
Don't Litter: Please follow all park rules and pick up after yourself (cigarettes, wrappers, etc.).
Photos: Take as many as you want! Be patient. Look for a nice background, and try to wait for a butterfly to land in the right spot. You just might luck out and get that perfect picture!
Learn and Enjoy: We hope you come often and learn more about at least one butterfly or flower each time you come to the Matzke Park Butterfly Garden. Check out our Plant Guide and Butterfly Guide to help!