Thursday 11 December 2014
Saturday 17 January – Sunday 8 March 2015
Hundreds of exotic butterflies will once more be released into The Glasshouse at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Garden Wisley, in Surrey this winter for visitors to marvel at. Visitors wandering through The Glasshouse 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 an exciting and dramatic backdrop to the event, and the exotic butterflies will be free to fly among the flowers and fruit of the nectar plants. Visitors delighting at the colours and sizes of the butterflies flying around Wisley’s ‘jungle’ may even be lucky and have one land on them if they can keep very still.
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. Children can enjoy creating a flapping butterfly or sowing butterfly-friendly seeds during the half-term week (14 – 22 February), when activities will run every day. 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 (booking open from 16 December 2014).
Entry to Butterflies in the Glasshouse is free with normal garden entry. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
Notes to editors
For more information and images, please contact Emma Pike on 01483 479798 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs are available to download at www.rhs.photoshelter.com. Registration is a simple process and free of charge. Please contact email@example.com to gain access.
Opening times and ticket prices may vary by event. Full details can be found at www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
RHS members enjoy free entry to RHS Gardens and discounted entry to RHS Flower Shows.
About RHS Gardens
The RHS has four gardens across the UK:
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, the first of our gardens, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.
Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.
RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join
RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262