photo by Jennifer Bridgforth
Friends of Irving Gardens
Welcome to Friends of Irving Gardens, also known as FIG!
This is a group for garden lovers and pollinator promoters in Irving, Texas. Since August of 2020, FIG volunteers have worked on restoring the Butterfly Garden at Birds Fort Trail located at 5756 Riverside Dr. in Irving, TX 75039.
The garden includes carefully selected host plants and trees to attract Tiger Swallowtail and Monarch butterflies. Native plants in the garden support native bees and other important pollinators.
FIG invites you to explore the Butterfly Garden as a learning resource for biodiversity, gardening, preservation and enjoyment of nature.
To view map with dropped pin of Butterfly Garden: Click here.
View ICTN's coverage of the FIG event "Monarch Meet" held in September of 2021 here: https://youtu.be/YPrpnGK9x0Q
Feel free to contact us for suggestions and / or donate. We look forward to hearing from you!
MAYOR'S MONARCH PLEDGE
The City of Irving joined hundreds of cities across the U.S. in support of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators, whose populations have declined, by signing the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge in March 2022. Irving supports a healthy environment for the community and wildlife.
WHAT ARE POLLINATORS AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?
Bees are the best known pollinators.
Others include butterflies, birds and hummingbirds.
Seventy five percent of the crop plants grown worldwide for food, fiber, beverages, condiments, spices and medicines depend on pollinators. These agricultural products make a significant contribution to health and the economy. Pollinators are essential to sustaining plants and wildlife, helping to restore the environment.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Plant for wildlife. Provide food (plants),cover, places to raise young and access to water year-round. Use sustainable gardening practices.
Register (optional) the outdoor space for certification as a Wildlife Habitat. This registration is only available through the NWF and is independent of the city. Visit NWF.org/Garden-For-Wildlife/Certify.aspx to learn more. Fee(s) will apply for the NWF certification.
Spread the word! Educate others about he benefits of planting for pollinators and other wildlife.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE