Banish January Blues with a Touch of the Tropics

Thursday 19 September 2013

Beautiful butterflies are back at RHS Garden Wisley

Hundreds of exotic butterflies will be released into the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, in Surrey, to create a tropical paradise this winter. Butterflies in the Glasshouse runs from Sat 18 Jan – Sun 9 March 2014.

Butterflies such as the striking Blue morpho, the giant Owl and red & black Big Billy will settle amongst the tropical planting of the spectacular Glasshouse to give visitors a rare opportunity to see butterflies from the tropics in their natural habitat. Visitors will also be able to see butterflies feeding at special feeding stations, and learn about the lifecycle of butterflies with our puparium.

“Flying from feeding station to flowering hibiscus or towering palm, these butterflies could not be more at home,” says Cara Smith, RHS Horticulturist and butterfly handler. “It feels like you have stepped off a plane into the tropics and, no matter how old or young you are, it will certainly put a smile on your face.”

Fun for all the family, for photography enthusiasts or for those looking for a great day out, Butterflies in the Glasshouse is a must.

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RHS Gardens are open every day, except for Christmas Day. Opening times and admission prices vary. RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest.

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB 0845 260 9000

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. 209 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 by joining us today. Enjoy 12 months membership for the price of 9 and join us from just £39 by visiting: or call: 0845 130 4646 quoting 3530. Our 12 for 9 offer is available by annual Direct Debit and for new members only by 31.01.2014.

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

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

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