The Butterflies are Back at Brookside Gardens

April 25, 2016

Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit Returns April 27, 2016


SILVER SPRING, MD— Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announces that Brookside Gardens annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit will open April 27, 2016. Visitors to the seasonal display interact with hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world including North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia. Families, students, nature lovers, and everyone in between can interact with native and exotic butterflies in an intimate environment to learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the role they play in establishing healthy ecosystems and how to ensure they thrive in residential gardens.

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The Wings of Fancy exhibit is run by knowledgeable staff and over 150 volunteers who help visitors learn what they can do to create environments that support the full butterfly lifecycle.


The Gardens provide an educational brochure, “Gardening for Butterflies,” full of tips for selecting the best plants to attract all stages of the butterfly lifecycle, from egg to adult. Visitors can see those garden ideas in action right outside the Conservatory in the newly certified Monarch Waystation Garden. For the kids, Brookside Gardens offers a summer camp, Butterfly Flutterby Fun, where they can learn more about these amazing pollinators, get a special behind-the-scenes tour, create butterfly crafts, and more. There are also dedicated morning hours on certain days each month for photographers to capture images before the exhibit opens to the public.


The display runs April 27 through September 25, 2016 and is open seven days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. Cost is $8 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 3-12, and free for ages 0-2. Frequent visitor, family, and dual passes are available at the Brookside Gardens’ Visitors Center or at the Conservatory gift shops.


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About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems.