The first garden established on the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail is in front of President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter’s home in Plains. The Carter’s garden has an emphasis on habitat for the monarch butterfly. The garden has native milkweed and nectar plants that attract monarch butterflies and encourages the full life cycle of the monarch.

Mrs. Carter wanted to do her part to encourage butterflies and also to bring awareness to the declining habitat for the monarch. Annette Wise suggested establishing a butterfly trail to connect the historic sites in Plains for visitors. There are 11 public gardens in Plains for visitors to enjoy. The gardens include container gardens as well as in-ground gardens.