Butterflies in the Glasshouse 2015 at RHS Garden Wisley

PUBLISHED: 10:33 13 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:06 13 January 2015

Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley (Photo: RHS / Neil Hepworth)

Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley (Photo: RHS / Neil Hepworth)


Hundreds of exotic butterflies will once again be released into The Glasshouse at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Wisley this winter.

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Visitors wandering through The Glasshouse, from Saturday January 17 to Sunday March 8, will see butterflies such as striking blue morpho, giant owl, king swallowtail and colourful Malay lacewing flying among the tropical plantings.

The tree ferns, tall palms, lush-leaved creepers and dazzling flower displays that make up the tropical paradise of The Glasshouse provide a dramatic backdrop to the event, and the exotic butterflies will be free to fly among the flowers and fruit of the nectar plants.

The butterflies will be seen feeding from fruits and sweet liquids at special feeding stations, and there will be opportunities to learn about the life cycle of butterflies at the special puparium.

A new addition for 2015 is a display in the garden of sculptures depicting butterflies and caterpillars by Alison Catchlove, an artist based nearby in Shere. Her work has been inspired by her visits to Butterflies in the Glasshouse in previous years.

Aside from the butterflies’ favoured plants, such as Plumbago indica, Calliandra and Lantana, there is a world-class horticultural display to see.

The Glasshouse is a showcase for the Society’s extensive tender plant collection, comprising more than 5,000 taxa, including difficult-to-grow, rare and endangered species.

Look for Magnolia doltsopa with scented, creamy white flowers as you enter The Glasshouse.

In mid-February you’ll see the Clivia collection inside, with more unusual variegated cultivars in flower. In the arid section, Aloe x spinosissima begins to look its best early in the New Year, with fantastic grey leaves and spikes of orange flowers.


• Fun for all the family, for photography enthusiasts or for those looking for a great day out, Butterflies in the Glasshouse is a must. Beat the queues and pre-book a time slot for weekends and half term at www.rhs.org.uk/wisley. Entry is free with normal garden entry.


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