Elizabeth Danforth Butterfly Garden

Monarch butterfly clinging to a flower

The Elizabeth Danforth Butterfly Garden Committee and volunteers are the caretakers of this garden for students, faculty, and staff on the Danforth Campus of Washington University at the intersection of Forsyth and Wallace across from the Danforth University Center.

Our volunteers work in the garden every Tuesday morning each week from early spring to late fall, weather permitting.  We would be delighted to welcome anyone interested in helping.  No commitment is necessary; we all come when our schedules permit.  Call or email us for additional information.

The garden is a service project begun by the Woman’s Club of Washington University, October 10, 1996 to honor Elizabeth Danforth, the wife of former Chancellor William H. Danforth.  The Committee has developed the garden for over 20 years, adding benches, picnic tables, an arbor, and planting 89 native trees and shrubs plus many flowering plants needed by butterflies.

We will host the Big Dig on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, to plant butterfly-friendly annuals.  (Rain date is Wednesday, May 11, 2022.)  This is the day that our longtime supporters gather each year to plant many flats of flowers that the butterflies love and to enjoy each other’s company in the spring sunshine.

Elena Maksaeva, Co-Chair

Lee Anne Quatrano, Co-Chair