Starting this weekend, Franklin Park Conservatory will transform into something of a tropical paradise, as its Pacific Island Water Garden will be filled with over 12,000 butterflies throughout the spring for Blooms & Butterflies.
The event, which kicks off on Feb. 26 and runs until May 30, adds 700-800 butterflies to the biome each week, and any given day sees approximately 2,500 butterflies in the space.
According to the Conservatory, these butterflies–which are hatched on-site–live their entire lives at Franklin Park Conservatory, feeding at fruit and nectar stations and interacting with event guests and lush tropical plant life.
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Guests can even watch the butterflies emerge as adults in the Conservatory’s Metamorphosis Lab.
Blooms & Butterflies is included with the price of admission, which is free for Franklin County residents on March 6, April 3 and May 1.
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