Butterfly House

Native Butterfly House

Open seasonally, June – October

Included in garden admission


Surround yourself in serenity by visiting Airlie’s 2,700-square foot butterfly house. Butterflies, all native to North Carolina, can be found flying about inside this open-air structure.

Species like:

  • Monarch
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Common Buckeye
  • Black Swallowtail
  • and MANY more!
Butterfly House Rules

Summer Butterfly Releases

Take part in a butterfly release! One of Airlie’s Environmental Educators will be in our native Butterfly House to release butterflies and discuss their life cycle and our current species. In the event of rain, we will have an Educator in our classroom.


When: Currently Suspended due to COVID-19

Admission: Included in garden admission. Check-in at the Garden Services Center upon arrival. Free for Airlie Members with valid membership card.

Who: All ages welcome!

Pollinator Garden


After exploring the Native Butterfly House, take a walk behind the model Airlie House to our Pollinator Garden! This garden was planted with flowering blooms that will specifically attract pollinator species year round; such as, butterflies, bees, moths, hummingbirds and more!

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