Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park has announced a new exhibit, entitled “Butterflies & Blooms”, for this spring. The exhibit returns to San Francisco’s greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibits gallery into an English garden that is alive with hundreds of butterflies on the wing.
The exhibit, which will be ongoing from May 8 until October 20 (except on Mondays), invites guests to “walk among a wide variety of brightly colored blossoms, watching (and sometimes ducking) as butterflies like Monarchs, Swallowtails, Painted Ladies and more fly from flower to flower drinking nectar and getting covered in pollen”. This is said to be a “fascinating demonstration of plant pollination in action”.
The Butterfly Bungalow in the middle of the gallery also allows guests to observe the pupae in their chrysalis stage. This is the stage when these winged beauties emerge from their cocoons.
Visitors receive a free butterfly identification booklet, including tips on growing their own butterfly garden; plus insight into these age-old symbiotic garden relationships.