Butterflies LIVE! Instagram Contest

Share your photos of Butterflies LIVE!


Tag your photos #Bflies on Instagram to Enter


butterflies LIVE! Instagram contestShare your favorite photos from Butterflies LIVE! tag them #Bflies and you'll be entered to win a $500 prize package.

Butterflies LIVE! in the Conservatory is about an experience. The feeling of a butterfly landing on your shoulder, the joy you feel when you watch a metamorphosis in the butterfly nursery, the excitement of  watching a child see their first Blue Morpho butterfly's slow and rhythmic flight through the air.

To Enter:  Follow  @LewisGinter on Instagram 

Upload your original photos of Butterflies LIVE! between May 2, 2014  and Midnight on July 31, 2014.

Use the #Bflies hashtag on Instagram (Please note: You can download the free Instagram App on Apple itunes or Android.)

By tagging your photo #Bflies and entering the contest, or emailing us your photos, you agree to allow Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to reproduce your photo in our newsletter and on our social media channels.  We will happily give you credit.

*Not on Instagram? No problem! You can also enter your photos by emailing them to us at  JonahH [at] lewisginter.org      

Mom, girl and butterfly

Be creative! We'll choose a photo based on creativity, fun and photographic composition.

We will announce the lucky winners on Friday August 1.  Be sure to check your Instagram account for a message!


Butterfly photo by Don Williamson

Butterflies LIVE! this year features:

  • Butterfly Nursery: Peek inside this special box in the display where native butterfly species will emerge from their chrysalides.

    Butterfly Release: Daily at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit during these scheduled times to see newly emerged butterflies released into the exhibit. Please note the number of butterflies being released may range from several to a dozen and that weather impacts buttefly activity. Butterflies are most active on sunny days, which means if you are hoping to take a photo ofone perching,  you might consider coming on a cloudy day.

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Prizes: The Grand Prize Winner will receive a prize package valued at over $500.


  • 12 passes to come back to the Garden and enjoy Butterflies LIVE! (before October 12, 2014). Yes, bring your 11 closest friends! $132 value.
  • A gift certificate for a one complimentary night The Jefferson Logoin a superior room (including valet parking) at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond, based on availability, advanced reservations required. $400 value. (Trivia -- the Jefferson Hotel was built by our namesake, Lewis Ginter.) The Jefferson Hotel Richmond, rotunda
  • Plus, we'll feature the winner on the Garden's social media channels.

Second prize winner will win 5 tickets to come back to enjoy Butterflies LIVE! (runs through October 12, 2014).  $55 value.

Plus, we'll feature the winner on the Garden's social media channel. 

Also, be sure to see our #MillionBlooms Instagram contest.  It runs 'til May 11, 2014.


Girl with butterfly