Meijer Gardens' Celebrates 25 Years Of "Butterflies Are Blooming"
A sure sign that Spring may be on its way. The annual Butterfly Exhibition, “Butterflies are Blooming”, now in its 25th year, opens this weekend at Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. This exhibit attracts more than 180-thousand people from around the world each year.
“We’re particularly excited about this exhibit, because this marks our 25th butterfly exhibition here at the garden, which when you think about it, is pretty incredible. That we’ve been doing buttery exhibits for 25 years and every year is just as exciting as the year before.”
That’s Wendy Overbeck, Senior Horticulture Manager at Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. She says the Butterflies are Blooming exhibition will bring more than seven-thousand tropical butterflies to West Michigan. She adds that they may have a few new butterflies due to the work of the butterfly farmers but she says the anticipated favorites will of course be there.
“We always have our crowd pleasers, the ones that people don’t every want to miss, like the blue morphos, the heliconius butterflies, but it’s fun to get the kind of, odds and ends butterflies too, the ones we don’t get too many of and try to find them in the conservatory.“
Approximately 60 colorful species of butterflies and moths are brought in from butterfly rich regions like Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Philippines and Kenya to fly around in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory.
“From the moment you step into the tropical conservatory, you’re surrounded by heat and humidity, you know, tropical air and then you look up and your underneath full size palm trees and towering bamboo and you look around and there are butterflies everywhere and you get to be a part of that.”
The exhibit kicks off on Sunday and runs through April 30th. There are a lot of fun attractions such as the Butterfly ballet, Tuesday night lights and more. You can find all the information about times and the like, at meijergardens.org.