Open Seasonally May 15 – October 15
Surround yourself in serenity by walking through the Tranquility Garden, home to Airlie’s 2,700-square foot native butterfly house. Butterflies can be seen in this seasonal, screened structure from May 15 through October 15. Hundreds of butterflies, all native to North Carolina, can be found flying about inside this open-air structure. Species like Giant Swallowtail, Monarch, Gulf Fritillary, and Red Admiral are just some of the majestic butterflies to be found inside the exhibit which is open daily and free with regular garden admission. The Butterfly House is laden with plant species that support the habitat needs of these animals. View Airlie’s butterfly curriculum on the education page, which was developed for visitors and schoolchildren to understand the butterfly lifecycle, behaviors and adaptations. Admission to the Butterfly House is included in Garden admission.
Summer Butterfly Releases- June-August; You are invited to take part in a butterfly release. An educator will be in the Butterfly House starting with information on butterfly life cycles and the types of butterflies that are in the Butterfly House that week. Butterflies will then be released . In case of rain, we will have an educator in our classroom. Guests will still be able to observe butterflies. Butterfly releases are free for Airlie members and included with garden admission. No pre-registration is required.
What’s flying today? The number of butterflies in our seasonal butterfly house is dependent on the time of year, amount of sunshine available, temperature changes, ecosystem stability, and the logistics of receiving butterfly shipments from our suppliers. Visit the Butterfly House often to see the changes in this living environment. Please adhere to the rules of the butterfly house when visiting.