Last Saturday, February 18th, seven TWU students from the Kappa Sigma fraternity joined Dr. Jeffrey Robb, TWU professor and butterfly expert, on Saturday, to 11:00 a.m. to prepare the backyard of The Wheeler House for Huffines Subaru to plant a butterfly garden! This equipped the space for the actual planting of native vines and plants that attract butterflies toward the end of March. The students transplanted redbud trees, tilled the ground and spread lava sand. The Wheeler House is a Serve Denton project, home to a transitional housing facility for moms and kids in a housing crisis managed by Giving Hope, Inc. and an affordable health clinic managed by Health Services of North Texas.
The butterfly garden will become a teaching and learning garden for the children living at The Wheeler House and will help promote the national campaign to expand suitable habitats for butterflies along the Interstate 35corridor between Mexico and Canada. Native plant gardens support the butterflies as they undertake their famous annual migration by proving milkweed plants for their caterpillars to eat. The other native flowering plants will provide nectar, which will sustain the adult butterflies as well as support the local bees and birds.
TWU Professor Jeffrey Robb said, “TWU’s students are applying our ‘Learn by Doing’ motto by helping create water-wise native plant butterfly gardens on our Denton campus. They are also helping local community initiatives like The Wheeler House create their own butterfly garden to beautify the community and support critical pollinators like butterflies and bees in a sustainable manner.”
Huffines Subaru is committed to sustaining our environment, which is why helping Serve Denton with this butterfly garden perfectly aligns with their vision! This collaboration between Serve Denton, Texas Woman’s University and Huffines Subaru will benefit our environment and improve the childhood experience for the kids at The Wheeler House!
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