Making a many of Butterflies LIVE!

April 18, 2015 - garden totes

Butterflies LIVE! opens currently during Lewis Ginter. Here are some things to know before we and a fam conduct on over…and some tips for creation a many of your time while you’re there.


Let me start off by observant this: Butterflies LIVE!–one of Richmond’s many expected prime events–does not need my “help” to be deliberate delightful. To suffer it requires no planning. If we and yours only wandered over to Lewis Ginter Bontanical Garden right now (and we could since a vaunt opens today), we pledge you’d be smiling and panting like sum goofs within a few seconds of walking in a door.

That said, if I’ve got a products to make your moth appreciation knowledge even better, because not share them? And, interjection to a Butterflies LIVE! hide look a folks during Lewis Ginter gave me1 yesterday, products are things I’ve got! So! Here are some things to know before we and a fam conduct on over…and some tips for creation a many of your time while you’re there…

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Layer it up

While Richmond’s continue still has a intensity to be a bit all over a place, Lewis Ginter keeps a Conservatory’s North Wing good and calm for a swift friends. Before streamer into a exhibit, we and your kids will wish to strew jackets and sweaters so we can spend your revisit peeping during a butterflies instead of perspiring all over them. Storage cubbies are located right inside a exhibit’s staffed entrance/exit area.

No strollers or large bags

As Lewis Ginter’s website explains, “Butterflies like to hitchhike.” For that reason, strollers, book bags, receptacle bags, hulk diaper bags, and a like are not accessible in a vaunt area. Strollers can be parked outward of a Conservatory, and bags can be left in a same mark where we tucked divided your jackets and sweaters. (Wheelchairs, however, are permitted.)

Watch your feet!

Fun fact: butterflies go wherever a heck they want! So when you’re operative your approach by a exhibit, you’ll substantially seem some unresolved out on a floor. Remind your kids to watch where they’re walking and to take it slow. Besides, if we rush, we competence skip saying something this awesome:

Don’t weird out…and do NOT touch

As we mentioned above, there are hundreds of these guys lively around in this exhibit, so it’s probable that a moth could land on we or your children during your visit. If so, greatfully refrain from attempting to graze OR frantically mislay pronounced butterfly. Lewis Ginter’s staff and volunteers are lerned to assistance if any children turn worried during a exhibit, and one of a Garden’s moth curators–yes, that’s a thing–are accessible to hoop any insects that can’t take a hint.

Check out a babies

Well, not babies exactly, though this is still unequivocally exciting. New to a vaunt this year is a Butterfly Nursery where propitious visitors can indeed watch local moth class emerge from their chrysalides–the coolest partial of a moth life cycle function right in front of your dang faces, guys! This special box is located right there in a North Wing, and opposite class will be rotated via a exhibit’s run.

Remember “10 and 2” (on Saturdays)

Newly-emerged butterflies will be expelled into a vaunt daily during 10:00 AM with additional releases function during 2:00 PM on Saturdays. Some days they’ll only recover a few, while on other days they could recover a dozen, so it’s unequivocally value creation an bid to see that.

Visit a Children’s Garden

No revisit to Lewis Ginter is finish but a revisit to a Children’s Garden, and a kind folks who make a garden “go” have dreamed adult all kinds of good butterfly-centric activities to keep your small ones bustling while they’re there. Kids can finish a Butterflies LIVE!-themed KidsQuest; take partial in butterfly-related talented play; and try a Garden’s central sovereign moth waystation, that provides milkweed, nectar sources, and preserve for these beauties as they quit by North America.

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Butterflies LIVE! during Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (1800 Lakeside Avenue) is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM by Oct 11th and is enclosed with admission: $12 for adults; $11 for seniors; $8 for children ages 3 to 12; and giveaway for members and kids underneath 3. For some-more information revisit

Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mom to a mop-topped kindergartener, and always unequivocally vehement to go to bed.


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