May 21st, 2009

The Butterflies Are Here! The Butterflies Are Here!

Blue Morphos feeding on cantaloupe

Blue Morphos feeding on cantaloupe, oranges and banana.

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The Rose Garden at Lewis Ginter

The Rose Garden at Lewis Ginter

Wow, there is some really exciting stuff going on at the Garden! The Rose Garden is in full bloom, just in time for a packed house for tonight’s Groovin’ in the Garden concert.  Old Crow Medicine Show may be the first show of the season to sell out, and this gorgeous weather is certainly helping! There are lots of wonderful plants in bloom as we wind up the last few weeks of A Million Blooms.  Some of my favorites are the iris and pitcher plants in the West Island garden and the hardy water lily outside the Conservatory.

Tomorrow, is another big day for the Garden: opening day of Butterflies LIVE! featuring hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies in the North Wing of the Conservatory as part of a metamorphosis-themed 25th anniversary celebration, funded with generous support from the Robins Foundation.

Here are some photos for you of some of the 24 species that will be featured.  Also, check out some of our butterfly videos on YouTube!

We have lots of other fun information on butterflies and Butterflies LIVE! on our website, including ID cards, FAQs and more.  Plus, don’t forget, our Butterflies LIVE! Facebook Widget and our “Which Butterflies LIVE! butterfly are you?” quiz, also on Facebook.





Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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