The Douglas County Master Gardeners extension volunteers prepare all 10 gardens for the monarch butterflies’ impending arrival every spring. With its distinct orange, black, and white wings, the monarch butterfly is one of the most recognized American butterflies.

Spots on the Trail:

  • Woodie Fite Senior Center

    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 include autumn joy sedum, black-eyed susan, salvia, coreopsis, cosmos, lantana, butterfly bushes, zinnias, liatris, verbena, and coneflowers. Initially designed by Gail Woody, Janet Deal, and Marjorie Stansel, Marjorie Stansel is currently the maintainer of the Woodie Fite Garden.

    1320 Dorris Rd.

    Douglasville, GA 30134

  • Cultural Arts Council

    The garden was designed by Randy Cooper, a former City of Douglasville Arborist, in 2008. The garden contains host plants for the monarch and black swallowtail butterflies, and many nectar plants as well.

    8652 Campbellton St.

    Douglasville, GA 30134

  • Children’s Garden Douglas County Library

    The Children’s Garden at the Selman Drive Library is currently maintained by Master Gardener Debra Saturday. Container gardens add to the in-the-ground plants that populate the garden space. Butterfly weed, milkweed, and fennel are host plants at the Children’s Garden, and many nectar plants bring bees and butterflies to the area.

    6810 Selman Dr.

    Douglasville, GA 30134

  • Deer Lick Park

    This 66-acre park north of Fairburn Road serves as headquarters for the Recreation Division of Douglas County Parks and Recreation. Along with activities such as mini-golf and disc golf, batting cages, a 3-acre fishing lake with a pier, and more, you’ll find the garden at Deer Lick Park. Designed by Master Gardener Karen Hubenet, today Master Gardeners Laura Lieberman and Morris Ellison take care of the garden.

    2105 Mack Rd.

    Douglasville, GA 30135

  • Freedom Island

    A memorial to remember those lost on September 11, 2001, Freedom Island is a beautifully landscaped traffic island where butterflies visit plants by the side of the road. There are several nectar plants on the island, such as black-eyed susan, lamb’s ear, butterfly bush, abelia, and autumn joy sedum.

    Hospital Dr. @ Campbellton St.

    Douglasville, GA 30134

  • Tax Office Annex Gail Woody Garden

    Gail Woody Garden at the Tax Office Annex was created in 2018. Gail Woody, a master gardener, master naturalist, and certified arborist, planted host plants for monarchs, gulf fritillary, and swallowtails. There are coneflowers, liatris, black-eyed susan, bee balm, and other nectar plants. With Gail Woody’s retirement, the Douglas County Master Gardeners now maintain the garden.

    6200 Fairburn Rd.

    Douglasville, GA 30134

  • Douglas County Museum of History and Art

    The Douglas County Museum of History & Art Butterfly Garden was created in 2017. This garden contains lantana, abelia, coneflowers, black-eyed susan, Mexican petunia, hibiscus, and butterfly bush.

    12431 Veterans Memorial Hwy.

    Douglasville, GA 30134

  • J. Tom Worthan Park

    The National Wildlife Federation’s Mayor’s Monarch Pledge was signed in 2017. This location is known for attracting monarch butterflies. This garden contains butterfly weed and nectar plants: lantana, vitex, abelia, and black-eyed susan. The garden is maintained by Keep Douglasville Beautiful and Douglas County Master Gardeners.

    6601 Strickland St. @ GA Hwy. 92

    Douglasville, GA 30134

  • Extension Office

    The original Extension Office Pollinator Garden was designed and installed as a 4H project by Rose Livingston. The garden was expanded in 2019 by Master Gardener Pat Sendelbach and her husband, Roger. Many of the plants came from the local Master Gardener greenhouse. Coneflowers, black-eyed susan, black and blue salvia, and passion vine for the Gulf fritillary are among the many plants in the garden.

    6279 Fairburn Rd.

    Douglasville, GA 30134

  • Douglas County Community Garden

    In 2001, the Douglas County Master Gardeners realized a need for butterflies and bees to help pollinate the vegetable garden. Thus, the Douglas County Community Garden was created. Blooming vegetables, zinnias, lantana, peanut butter shrub, and marigolds provide nectar for all butterflies, and a beautiful place to relax.

    6770 Selman Dr. (Behind The Health Center)

    Douglasville, GA 30134

For info on other attractions and lodging in Douglas County, contact Contact Douglas County Travel & Tourism at: or visit Or call us: 678-741-5356