Butterfly Trail Exploration Challenge

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What makes a garden a butterfly garden? First, you need host plants, that is, those flowers or plants on which a butterfly lays her eggs. The host plant serves as food for the developing larvae, and the caterpillar spins its' chrysalis nearby. Besides host plants, it would be best to have "food" or nectar for the butterflies!

So how did it happen that Douglas County is the only County in the State of Georgia (other than Sumter) to have its Butterfly Trail?! Rosalynn Carter began the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail in Plains in 2013. She was aided by local educator Steve Rich, who wrote an elementary school science book entitled "Mrs. Carter's Butterfly Garden".

The Douglas County Butterfly Trail is a self-guided, seasonal tour of 11 public gardens. All are registered with the Rosalyn Carter Butterfly Trail. The Douglas County Master Gardeners, who maintain the gardens, are trained and volunteer under the umbrella of the University of Georgia and the local Extension Office.  



Douglas County Travel & Tourism invites you to take the Butterfly Trail Exploration Challenge from August 1, 2021, to August 29, 2021, at 11:59 PM. Check in to at least two different locations and take a selfie at both gardens to be entered to win a prize! Players must send their selfies to Info@ExploreDouglasCountyGA.com to be entered to win. The 1st place winner will receive a Premium DCTT Swag Bag! Five other players will receive a mini DCTT Swag Bag! Winners will be selected in a random drawing.

Click here to see what’s included!

How this Pass Works

Step 1 - Get Your Pass

This mobile exclusive passport is a collection of Butterfly Trails throughout Douglas County to check out during your visit.

Step 2 - Receive Text

Your passport will be instantly delivered to your phone via text and email and is ready to use immediately! There is no app to download. Your pass can be saved to your phone’s home screen for easy one-tap access.

Step 3 - Redeem

When visiting a participating butterfly trail, simply check in to record your visit and count towards your prize!

Included Venues

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Cultural Arts Council Douglasville | Douglas County
The butterfly garden at the Roberts-Mozley House or the Cultural Arts Center was the next butterfly garden to open to the public. The garden was initially designed by Randy Cooper, a former Douglas County Master Gardener. Ama-Kanasta joined with Master Gardeners to maintain and expand the existing...
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Deer Lick Park
The first of these Butterfly Garden's began as early as the mid-'90s at Deer Lick Park. Now deceased, Master Gardener Karen Hubenet started the garden with several master gardeners at the time. Today, Master Gardeners Laura Lieberman and Morris Ellison continue to work in the garden.
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Douglas County Community Garden (Behind The Help Center)
When one thinks of butterfly gardens, the Master Gardeners' Community Garden would not come to mind. Since its early inception at its present location in 2001, Master Gardeners realized a need for butterflies and bees to help pollinate the garden's vegetables. Fennel was included initially as a...
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Douglas County Museum Of History And Art
In early January 2017, Suzanne Hudson requested a butterfly garden at the Douglas County Museum of History and Art. Several master gardeners reviewed the site and began locating plants for the garden due primarily to the lack of funds to purchase plants for the garden. Morris Ellison, a Master...
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Extension Office Butterfly Garden
In the summer of 2019, Pat Sendelbach, a Douglas County Master Gardener, approached the Douglas County Extension Agent, Kevin Livingston, to create a butterfly garden in front of the Extension Office and next to the Senior Center on Fairburn Road. Consent was given, and Pat and her husband, Roger,...
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Freedom Island
Freedom Island is another area where you might not think butterflies would wander, but who hasn't seen butterflies visiting plants by the side of the road. Several nectar plants are already in place on the island, such as Black-eyed Susan, Lamb's Ear, and Autumn Joy Sedum. Still, in 2017,...
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J. Tom Worthan Park/Mayor's Garden
Rochelle Robinson, the Mayor of Douglasville, signed the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge in 2017. The City accepted an offer from Comcast to provide funds and employees to build a butterfly garden in the City of Douglasville. The corner of Tom Worthan Park was deemed a...
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Military Honor Garden At Hunter Park
In October 2017, Keep Douglasville Beautiful, Master Gardeners, and other community organizations did a final planting of the Douglasville Military Honor Garden. Created as a place to celebrate the honor and courage that members of the Douglasville community have made in the service of our country,...
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Tax Office Annex/The Gail Woody Butterfly Garden
In the summer of 2018, the Government Annex Building would be opening, not an ideal time to plant a butterfly garden. Gail Woody, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and Certified Arborist, expressed a desire to install a new butterfly garden next to her office on Fairburn Road. She received...
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The Children's Garden At The Selman Drive Library
The Children's Garden at the Selman Drive Library is another stop on the Butterfly Trail. Maintained by Master Gardeners Connie Christenson and Ro Broyles, the garden is an ever-changing vista delighting all who come to the local library. Container gardens add to the in-the-ground plants that...
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Woodie Fite Senior Center
The seventh garden was unveiled during the 2016 Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival. The garden at Woodie Fite contains Fennel, Butterfly Weed, Milkweed, Passion Vine, and other host plants for Monarchs, Swallowtails, and Gulf Fritillary Butterflies. Nectar plants are Autumn Joy Sedum, Black-Eyed...
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