M&T Bank Pollinator Power

This summer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is putting the spotlight on pollinators! Come and enjoy a season packed with Pollinator Power at the Garden. Experience the wonder of Butterflies LIVE! and discover why nature’s pollinators are so powerful!

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Butterflies LIVE!Wow a paper kite butterfly doing a back flip!

April 16 – October 10, 2022, included with Garden admission

Butterflies LIVE! allows you to get up-close and personal with hundreds of fluttering beauties. This is an indoor exhibit filled with fun family activities for all ages. Hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycles. Photos are permitted, but we ask those taking photos to be respectful of other guests. The exhibit is ever-changing, so every time you visit, you’re likely to see something new.

Please note: Our tropical butterflies love the heat, but for the safety of our guests and staff, if temperatures inside the display reach a heat index of 115, the exhibit will close and reopen once safe to do so. Consider visiting earlier in the day to avoid disappointment. The last group of visitors will be admitted into Butterflies LIVE! at 4:15 p.m.

Daily Butterfly Release!

Each day we release new butterflies into the exhibit. You may even see newly emerged butterflies take their first flight! Please note the number of butterflies being released may range from several to a dozen.

David Rogers’ Big Bugs Pollinator Power -- Big Bugs by Dave Rogers.

May 27 – August 28, 2022, included with Garden admission

Did you know that 75% of the earth’s flowering plants and over 70% of its food crops depend on pollinators to thrive? Think about a world without coffee and chocolate?! That’s pretty powerful! This summer, we are putting the spotlight on bugs and birds in a BIG way. Artist David Rogers’ Big Bugs: The Pollinators showcases larger-than-life sculptures highlighting the importance of pollinators and preserving their habitats.

Visitors of all ages and abilities will explore the wonder and craftsmanship of these nine oversized pollinator sculptures created from combinations of found or fallen whole trees, willow limbs, twigs, branches and other forest material. Discover giant ladybugs on a branch, a 17-foot tall daddy longlegs,  a giant dragonfly, a beautiful hummingbird and more!

About Big Bugs
Since its debut in 1994, the Big Bugs exhibit has traveled all across the USA. It consistently brings in swarms of new audiences providing a visually stunning platform for educational programs and interactions.

Meet the Butterflies

We add new butterflies to our exhibit every day, so the butterflies flying in our exhibit on any given day change.  But here are a few of our favorite fluttering beauties that you are likely to meet.

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Celebrate National Pollinators Week - June 20 – 26, 2022

A major initiative of the National Pollinator Partnership, National Pollinators Week recognizes the importance of pollinators to ecosystem health and agriculture in the United States. See what we have planned for National Pollinators Week at the Garden including a Pollinator Power Symposium on June 23 with info how you can attract pollinators to your garden and a performance by the Latin Ballet on June 25!


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Pollinator Fun for Youth and Families

Butterflies LIVE! in the Conservatory is only part of the fun. Enjoy self-guided family activities in the Children’s Garden, where you can choose your own adventure and learn even more about pollinators. Follow the Pollinator Pathway, learn how to do the bee dance, and complete a KidQuest (PDF). Keep your eyes open for our native pollinators, too. We’ve planted nectar and host plants for native butterflies all over the Garden!



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Butterflies LIVE! Instagram Contest

Get social with the butterflies! Share your favorite photos from Butterflies LIVE!, tag them #Bflies and you’ll be entered to win a prize package.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates from the exhibit!

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You can easily spend an entire day at the Garden: visiting Big Bugs, interacting with tropical butterflies in the M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, playing in the Children’s Garden and Klaus Family Tree House and enjoying 50 acres of blooms like you’ve never seen. Plus, Thursday evenings June-mid-September, we’re open late (’til 9 p.m.) for Flowers After 5 with live music and activities and for Wednesdays Alfresco in summer. Enjoy great dining and shopping, too!

Love butterflies? Learn more about which butterflies to look for and how to attract them to your own yard. 

Pollinator Power is generously sponsored by M&T Bank, Publix Super Markets Charities and Patient First.

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