The Monarch Waystation program was started in 2004 a collaboration between Monarch Watch and Douglas Co. Extension Master Gardeners. The gardens are a place where monarch butterflies and other pollinators can find milkweed and nectar plants to support them. This garden is Waystation #1 of more than 37,500 internationally. It is located at 2021 Constant Ave. in a quiet corner of KU’s West Campus. It is behind Foley Hall, the home of Monarch Watch headquarters.
Master Gardeners cooperate with the Monarch Watch organization to maintain and develop the garden using sustainable gardening practices. Most of the plants in the garden are natives since the purpose of the garden is to provide food and habitat for Monarchs and other pollinators. Special times to visit the garden are during the Spring Open House and Fund Raiser and the Fall Open House. The garden is open to the public daily and year-round. Bring your lunch, sit, and enjoy the buzzing and flitting of our winged friends.