There will soon be 60 species of butterflies from 4 different continents on their way to Grand Rapids for the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition.
Starting March 1st 7,000 butterflies from Africa, Asia, South and Central America will be on display throughout all five stories of the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory until April 30th . Whether it’s to go see rare butterflies from around the world or the impressive selection of flowers they nectar on, or even to take a stroll through the 85 degree weather (with 70% humidity) that is recreated inside this exhibit, it will be worth the drive as 170,000 make the trip from around the nation each year.
The species of butterflies includes gliders like the Emperor, Ruby-spotted and Tropical Swallowtails, as well as brushfoot varies like the Clearwing, Lacewing and Zebra Mosaic among many others.
In addition to the butterflies, another attraction of Butterflies Are Blooming is the extensive display of flowers. The conservancy has made it a point this year to feature vivid colors. “This year, our exhibition is truly a feast for the eyes. We’ve added more tropical blooms for butterflies to nectar on as well as to enhance the overall experience.” Director of horticulture, Steve LaWarre explains.
There will be a handful of fun activities and events throughout the two months the exhibition Grand Rapids. Who Am I? A Butterfly Ballet will take place on March 12th and 19th at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. and is choreographed by Attila Mosolygo and performed by Grand Rapids Junior Ballet. Tickets are 5$ for members and 8$ for non-members.
There will also be children’s activities and Tuesday Night Lights (bring a flashlight) that are both included with admission.
Take a few hours or a day off to explore this one of a kind display of nature and beauty in Grand Rapids this spring!
For more information go to http://www.meijergardens.org/calendar/butterflies-are-blooming/.