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Butterflies in the Glasshouse at Wisley Garden

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See their courtship flight

Winter can be depressing; everything is so cold, grey, and lifeless. But at Wisley Garden, the Royal Horticultural Society has brought colour back to the world. Visit Wisley up to the 24th of February, and enjoy Butterflies in The Glasshouse. The sight of beautiful world class tropical plants surrounded by exotic butterflies is sure to lift your spirits.

Wander underneath palms and you'll be privy to the butterflies' courtship ritual, and get to see them feeding off the fruit and nectar from the the plants. And if you're very still, maybe one will sit on your shoulder.

It is the perfect day out for families, especially during the half-term week, when there will be added fun to be had:

Sow and Grow
16th - 18th February

Sow and grow your own Gaura lindheimeri, a plant which has pretty butterfly-like white flowers.

Become a Butterfly
19th - 24th February
19-20 February - Make your own butterfly antenna
21-22 February - Make a butterfly mask
23-24 February - Make butterfly wings

These activities are in the Clore Learning Centre from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Normal garden admission prices apply; booking not required.

These two-hour workshops start at 10.30am & 1.30pm, and everyday, you will build a new part of your butterfly costume. Start with the antenna, then make a mask, and finally construct your wings. You will also learn to the dance of the butterfly, build a den, and watch the birds at the bird hide.

All these events are included in the price of admission which is 10.50 for adults, 4.50 for children, 27 for a family ticket, and can be bought on the day.
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Why? Fun for families
When: Until 24th February
Phone: 0845 260 9000
Where: Wisley Garden
Cost: 10.50 adults, 4.50 children
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