Butterflies are Blooming at Meijer Gardens

Butterflies are Blooming at Meijer Gardens, originally uploaded by photoshoparama.

A few days before the official opening there are butterflies now in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park as seen on Thursday, February 26th, 2009.

The official opening is March 1st.

Their current hours are:
Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 9pm
Wed – Sat 9am – 5pm and
Sunday 9am 5pm.

-the following copy is from meijergardens.org website-

Foremost’s Butterflies Are Blooming is Meijer Gardens most popular annual exhibition and the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in the nation. March 1–April 30, visitors can escape the Michigan winter and mingle with more than 6,000 tropical butterflies flying free in the 15,000-square-foot Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory.

The exhibition boasts more than 40 different species from the Far East, Africa and Central America. Each week hundreds of chrysalises arrive at Meijer Gardens and are painstakingly sorted, inspected, labeled and pinned in our sealed Butterfly Bungalow. The chrysalises are then placed in a special emergence area of the Bungalow where visitors can witness through a window their magical transformation into butterflies!

Once ready to be released into the Conservatory, the butterflies are placed on plants where they acclimate to the environment and gain strength before taking to the air. It’s a wonderful place for photos and just one of the opportunities for visitors to observe the butterflies up-close and personal. Throughout the tropical environment, butterflies can be viewed drinking nectar from the flowering plants and feeding stations, lighting on the odd nose or shoulder, and congregating along the stream beds, as well as in flight all around.

During the exhibition, the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden offers special activities. Additionally, interactive displays are featured throughout.

Our Butterflies are Blooming exhibition sponsor, Foremost Insurance Group, hosts a special butterfly Web site for families where visitors can learn about butterfly gardening, take a virtual tour of the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory, view photos from previous year’s exhibits and do word games and puzzles.


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