Event rested for 2019

We are temporarily resting the Butterflies event as it has an impact on the plants in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley. We want to give the plants a break and concentrate on caring for them and bringing new and exciting plants into the collection.

This year, we will be replacing the Butterflies winter timeslot with the exciting Great Brick Safari – a LEGO® brick sculpture display. As this event does not include living exhibits, it will enable our horticultural team to carry out the programme of planting refreshment, while still enabling our visitors to enjoy the warmth of the Glasshouse in the winter months.
Find out more about The Great Brick Safari – fun for all the family.

Highlights from 2018

Blue Morpho butterfly
Butterflies in The Glasshouse was sponsored by McCarthy & Stone, as it returned to Wisley in 2018 to provide an unforgettable tropical retreat for visitors.

There were more than 50 vibrant species of exotic butterflies including a few new species such as Graphium doson (common jay), a black tropical butterfly with pale blue wing bands, and swallowtail Papilio paris (Paris peacock) to seek out as they flew freely among the Tropical Zone of the cathedral-like Glasshouse.

Man looking at butterfly larvae
In our family-friendly Education Zone, you could learn all about the fascinating lifecycle of a butterfly, get up close to caterpillars, and use microscopes to admire those beautiful wings.

Butterfly sculpturesDotted around the Glasshouse Landscape were butterfly-themed sculptures created by artist Alison Catchlove who also demonstrated her skills in the Glasshouse Gallery.

Make your garden a butterfly magnet

Buddleia Sugar Plum
While we rest our event, discover how to attract more butterflies into your own garden at home including tips on how to make your garden more attractive to these marvellous creatures.

Read more on encouraging butterflies into the garden

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