Butterflies in the Garden
featured at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Tropical Conservatory
Butterflies in the Garden, the largest exhibit of live, exotic butterflies in North Texas, opens Saturday, March 1 and runs through Sunday, April 6, in the Conservatory of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden at 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard. The exhibit will be open daily, including Sundays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, The Fort Worth Botanical Society and BRIT present the live exhibit, Powered by Cirro Energy.
Over 12,000 live butterflies of every hue and size will fill the Conservatory with shimmering color during the month-long exhibit. Even though the Amazing Butterflies of Asia are featured, butterflies from North, Central South America, and Africa will be included in the show. Among the more than 100 species are the popular iridescent Blue Morpho, the graceful Longwings from Central and South America, the Great Mormon and the Indian Leafwing from Malaysia.
The Pupae Palace inside the Conservatory lets visitors observe firsthand native Texas Butterflies as they emerge from their chrysalis while suspended in the emergence box.
Partners in Pollination, an interactive exhibit on display at BRIT, will explain the fascinating relationship between native plants and pollinators, the importance of this relationship in the balance of nature, and the ecological services that pollinators provide to our daily lives. The exhibit demonstrates that pollinators are not only lovely to look at, but they are critical to 90% of the world’s flowering plants and thus are responsible for a significant portion of food crops, fibers and medicine. The Botanic Garden staff wants visitors to understand that everyone has a role in protecting pollinators and the native plants they depend upon. Visitors can follow the banners along the winding pathway to see this wonderful learning experience at BRIT.
Agustin Alvarez, a 7th grade student from Rosemont Middle School in Fort Worth, designed the Amazing Butterflies of Asia Logo. He won the Logo design contest in a competition with other art students from the FISD. His design is featured on banners, printed materials, and electronic billboards all Powered by Cirro Energy.
Tickets may be purchased by clicking on the Butterflies in the Garden link on the Botanic Garden website at www.fwbg.org.
The Trellis Gift Store located near the Conservatory will feature books, jewelry, t-shirts, toys, and butterfly displays for sale. Be sure and drop by during your visit.
On April 5, the last weekend of the Butterflies in the Garden Exhibit, the annual Spring Plant Sale is scheduled. This year the sale will feature plants and plans for continuing your own Butterfly Exhibit at your house. Host plants for many of the pollinators will be featured and offered for sale to visitors. The Plant Sale will be located in The Grove and the Green House just off the access road of I-30 between University Drive and Montgomery Street. The time will be from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m.
The Gardens Restaurant will serve lunch every day of the Butterflies in the Garden Exhibit at their location on Old Garden Road. Reservations for groups can be made by calling 817-763-0724.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is located at the intersection of 1-30 and University Drive.