See exotic butterflies take flight amongst the flowers and fruit of the nectar plants in the tropical paradise of the Glasshouse. The tree ferns, tall palms, lush-leaved creepers and dazzling flower displays give an air of expectation and drama – like walking in to a jungle. Butterflies such as the striking blue morpho, giant owl, king swallowtail and colourful Malay lacewing will settle amongst the tropical plantings. Marvel at the colours and sizes of the different species - if you're lucky, one might even land on you!
You’ll be able to see butterflies feeding at special feeding stations, and learn about the lifecycle of butterflies with our puparium. New for 2015 will be a display of sculptures depicting butterflies and caterpillars, by Alison Catchlove an artist based in Shere. Her work has been inspired by previous visits to Butterflies in the Glasshouse.
Get a taste of what's in store with our 2015 Butterflies in the Glasshouse image gallery
Aside from the butterfly-friendly plants, such as Plumbago indica, calliandras and lantanas there’s a world-class horticultural display to see. Look out for Magnolia doltsopa with scented creamy white flowers as you enter the Glasshouse. Inside you’ll see the Clivia collection in mid-February, with more unusual variegated cultivars in flower. Aloe x spinosissima in the arid section begins to look its best early in the new year with fantastic grey leaves and spikes of orange flowers.
Butterflies special events
Flights of Fancy teas, 17 January – 8 March
Round off your visit to see the butterflies with our tasty teatime treats. Inspired by these winged beauties, Taste of Wisley bakers are making delectable butterfly decorated cookies and cupcakes.
Butterfly photography mornings, 29 January, 5 & 13 February
Our popular butterfly photography mornings are now sold out. However, if you'd like to register your interest in joining an alternative photography morning, please call 020 31765830 (weekdays 9am-5pm).
Plan your visit
Butterflies in the Glasshouse opening times
10am - 4pm Monday to Friday, last entry 3.30pm.
9.30am to 4.30pm weekends, last entry 4pm (last entry to the garden 3.30pm).
Normal garden entry applies. See garden admission prices
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