The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail began in 2013 in Plains, Georgia. Rosalynn Carter asked Annette Wise to help her turn her flower garden in her front yard into a pollinator friendly garden that would attract Monarch butterflies. Due to the declining number of Monarchs from lack of habitat, there is a need for native milkweeds to be planted through the migration areas. Plains is in the spring migration route as well as the fall migration.
To bring awareness to this problem as well as help provide habitat for Monarchs, Annette Wise suggested to Mrs. Carter that a butterfly trail be established in Plains. She liked the idea and within a few months inground gardens as well as container gardens were added at businesses as well as historic sites. These small gardens are proudly named after former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Our trail gardens have expanded beyond Plains and are located in almost every state in the USA. We are thrilled so many people want to provide habitat for butterflies and planting milkweed! It is free to join the trail and be part of our effort to help pollinators.