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. Admission to the Butterfly House is included in Garden admission. Please adhere to the rules of the butterfly house when visiting.
What’s flying today? The number and kind 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. 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.
Hundreds of butterflies, all native to North Carolina, can be found flying about inside this open-air structure. Species like:
- Giant Swallowtail
- Gulf Fritillary
- Red Admiral
- and many MORE
Summer Butterfly Releases- You are invited to take part in a butterfly release. An educator will be in our native Butterfly House discussing the butterfly life cycle and the different types of butterflies in the House that week. Butterflies will then be released into the Butterfly House. In case of rain, we will have an educator in our classroom, and guests will still be able to observe butterflies.
When: June 4th- September 3rd: Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
Admission: Included in garden admission no pre-registration required. Check in at the Garden Services Center at arrival. Free for Airlie Members.
Who: All ages welcome! Children under the age of 14 must be supervised by an adult.