“It’s like spring”, the Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition opens at Frederik Meijer Gardens
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Escape the winter blues by stepping into a tropical butterfly paradise at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
People can see thousands of butterflies flying freely in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. the Fred and Dorothy Fichter’s butterflies bloom The exhibition opened on March 1 and will run until Saturday April 30.
“It smells like spring here. It’s 85 degrees and 70% humidity and we’re surrounded by thousands of tropical butterflies,” said Laurel Gaut, horticulturist at the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory at Meijer Gardens, during an MLive tour of the exhibition on Wednesday March 2.
The gentle environment inside the five-story, 15,000-square-foot conservatory mimics the tropical regions that butterflies call home.
About 60 species of butterflies and moths can be seen in tropical regions around the world, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Philippines, and Kenya.
The exhibit, now in its 27th year, brings together more than 7,000 tropical butterflies in western Michigan. This year’s theme is “flower power», focusing on the impact of flowers on butterflies, people and the world.
“It’s very colorful here,” Gaut said. “There are plenty of colorful flowers to go along with our beautiful colorful butterflies.”
Plants include pentas, lantanas, orchids, orange plume flower, blue porter, jatropha, queen’s crown, and bleeding heart vines. Along with the butterflies and plants, splashes of orange, blue, red and purple colors appear on the green foliage.
Monarch butterflies and native caterpillars can be seen inside the Caterpillar Room near the Tropical Exhibit.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is located at 1000 East Beltline Ave. BORN. Admission is free for members and children 2 and under. The price for non-member adults (ages 14-64) is $18; seniors (65 and over) $13.50; students (with ID) $13.50 and children (ages 3-13) pay $8.50.
The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Tuesday when it is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information, including special events, can be found here.
Click here for a direct link to the gallery of over two dozen photos.
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