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What is the TNMP Discovery Garden?

Located in First Capitol Park, the TNMP Discovery Garden showcases local, drought-resistant crops suitable for the hot, sunny areas of coastal Texan yards, businesses and city parks. 

The TNMP Discovery Garden was created as a butterfly garden installation, landscaped with plants that will give color from early spring, all the way through fall. This new pollinator garden will attract many different types of pollinators, and as a result, it will have a myriad of flowers throughout the year and will later showcase berries, seed pods, and colored leaves which will offer visual interest and nature’s textures in the fall and for most of the winter. Photographers need only select their favorite locations and they will have an abundance of interesting possibilities in capturing it’s beauty.


One pollinator, the butterfly, makes the TNMP Discovery Garden an ideal place for everyone interested, especially students, to study nature and make observations and take measurements for a variety of self awareness or science projects. Take a look at some of the suggested activities for students as well as for entire families. Many of the suggested activities will demonstrate ways to discover one or more of the 5 points listed below.

Experience the 5 Points of Discovery

  1. Discover plants that are well-suited to the local area.
  2. Discover the joyous relaxation of walking through a beautiful, natural, and green environment.
  3. Discover the interaction between a garden's flora and fauna.
  4. Discover nature's changes over time.
  5. Discover the depth of your love of nature that you may or may not have known you had.

Cultivate all 5 Points of Discovery to increase your understanding of the sustainability of a garden specifically designed for its local environment. This garden is designed to both sustain its local area and its visitors, and be suited to the local pests and weather conditions.

A Special Word of Caution


To attract butterflies, it is better to maintain the garden using organic methods. Also, the nature of the garden makes it an ideal area for other pollinators, including wasps and bees. Most pollinators will find their nesting sites in the local woods, such as the natural wooded area of the park. Please, watch for local fauna and be careful. As in any and all outdoor areas of Texas, be alert to your surroundings as there could be wasps, bees, and possibly snakes in and around the garden.


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