Hurricane Florence Update (10/10/18): Airlie Gardens will be closed until further notice as we recover from Hurricane Florence. Administrative office and gift shop will open 10/23/18 for membership services, Enchanted Airlie ticket sales and gift shop from 9am-4pm. Our goal is to have the gardens open to the public late October or early November.
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- Tuesday at 2 PM: June 12th – August 21st 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, check in at the ticket desk at arrival.