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For Immediate Release: April 25, 2013

The John and Tine Purdy Butterfly House Opens for Season May 4


HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN                                                      April 25, 2013
Carol Casey
Director of Communications
256-830-4447 ext. 290


The John and Tine Purdy Butterfly House Opens for Season May 4

The sight of whirling, fluttering, swooping butterflies in a kaleidoscope of colors is nothing short of magic at the Purdy Butterfly House. Children will hold their breath when a Monarch lands on their shoulders or squeal with joy as a Spice Bush Swallowtail flutters by. On May 4 this 9000 square foot screened conservatory filled with lush plants and flowers, becomes the home to many different species of brightly colored butterflies. You’ll see Zebra Longwings, Monarchs, Zebra Swallowtails, Queens, Sulfurs, Cabbage Whites, Tiger Swallowtails, Spice Bush Swallowtails, Black Swallowtails, Red Admirals, Luna Moths and more – around 2,000 butterflies in all! Look closely and you’ll see eggs the butterflies have laid, as well as caterpillars crawling (and chewing) on the plants.

Along with butterflies, be on the lookout for turtles sunning themselves in the pond or digging in the dirt. Box Turtles, as well as Red and Yellow Eared Sliders also call the open-aired haven home.

The Butterfly Discovery Cart will help you encounter even more wonders of the nature center. Come see the flurry of activity going on now in the Butterfly House!

Huntsville Botanical Garden is open year-round and features the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house, a picture-perfect aquatic garden, spectacular nature trails, numerous specialty gardens – including an interactive children’s garden - and a variety of plant collections. This beautiful 112-acre Garden is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization run by only 26 employees and over 2600 active volunteers.  With five distinct festivals each year: Dog Days of Winter, Spring Festival of Flowers, Summer Butterfly House, Fall Scarecrow Trail and Holiday Galaxy of Lights, you’ll soon see why we say There’s Always Something Growing On at Huntsville Botanical Garden!

Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. to dusk, and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Garden admission is free for members, and for non-members the standard rates are adults, $12, and children 3-18, $8. Children under 3 are free. For more information on Huntsville Botanical Garden, visit www.hsvbg.org or call Carol Casey at 256-830-4447 ext. 290. Huntsville Botanical Garden is located at 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville.