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Brookgreen Gardens Butterfly House Opening in May

Brookgreen Gardens Butterfly House Opening in May

Brookgreen Gardens near Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular attractions along the Grand Strand, offering acres and acres of gorgeous landscaping in addition to a restaurant, zoo, trails and nature preserves. It’s also home to gorgeous art, with nearly 300 sculptures tucked in and among the gardens.

And beginning March 30, it will also be a great place to marvel at the beauty of butterflies, as the Butterfly House opens for the season.

The Butterfly House contains a verdant garden of tropical plants that will host hundreds of butterflies, from Red Admiral to the Zebra Longwing. Through summer and into fall, additional butterflies will be added—94 different species will be featured in total.

There will also be a pupae emergence room, where you can get up-close and observe the transformation to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.

This is the fourth year of the butterfly house has been featured at Brookgreen Gardens. It includes educational signage to help make the beautiful butterfly encounters a stronger learning experience, as well as plenty of benches for sitting and enjoying your time with these fascinating insects. 

"When we built the butterfly house, we thought kids would be the ones who enjoyed it the most and were surprised to see whole families, even multi-generational families, all engaged in the exhibit,” said Helen Benso, vice president of marketing at Brookgreen Gardens. “It is an interactive way to learn more about the natural world and the life cycle of butterflies and makes learning fun!"

Brookgreen Gardens was opened in 1932 on former rice plantations. It was founded by Archer and Anna Huntington, who purchased the garden to showcase Anna’s sculptures. The nonprofit gardens are surrounded by more than 9,000 acres of woodlands, swamp, rice fields and beachfront. It’s a popular destination for young and old, though pets are not allowed. It’s also a good option for family members with limited mobility, as it is handicapped accessible.

The Butterfly House exhibit will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children in addition to garden admission. For more information, visit www.brookgreen.org.

Posted 4/3/13

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