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Butterflies in The Glasshouse, proudly sponsored by McCarthy & Stone, returns to Wisley this winter, providing a unforgettable tropical retreat for visitors!

Seek out more than 50 vibrant species of exotic butterflies as they fly freely among the Tropical Zone of the cathedral-like Glasshouse.

Our special guests will showcase their magnificent colours, patterns and form among lush plantings such as palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as the aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool.

NEW butterflies to see


Blue Morpho butterflyThis year, enjoy new species of butterflies such as Graphium doson (common jay), a black tropical butterfly with pale blue wing bands, and swallowtail Papilio paris (Paris peacock).

Other favourites to see:

  • Magnificent Morpho peleides (blue morpho)
  • Master of camouflage Kallima inachus (orange oakleaf)
  • Brilliant green Siproeta stelenes (malachite)

Pick up a spotter guide on arrival to identify the ones you have seen.

Man looking at butterfly larvaeBecome a butterfly expert


Don't forget to explore the interactive, family-friendly Education Zone.

Spark your imagination, learn all about the fascinating lifecycle of a butterfly, get up close to caterpillars, and use microscopes to admire those beautiful wings.

Butterfly sculpturesButterfly sculptures


Find the butterfly-themed sculptures in the garden around the Glasshouse Landscape, created by artist Alison Catchlove.
You can see Alison demonstrating her sculpting skills in the Glasshouse Gallery every Friday – Sunday during the event.


Sweet treats 


Why not round off your butterflies visit with something delicious in our Taste of Wisley outlets.

Sample a butterfly cupcake, butterfly gingerbread or indulge in a lovely hot chocolate. And keep an eye out for special offers in the Glasshouse Café and Food Hall throughout Butterflies in the Glasshouse.

Calling budding artists!


Budding artists can be in with a chance to win a £5 ‘pocket money’ voucher for use in the RHS Wisley gift shop or plant centre by entering the Taste of Wisley Butterfly Drawing Competition.

Just purchase an Eats for Kids meal, then drop your drawing and completed entry form in the designated box. Or post to:

Taste of Wisley
RHS Garden Wisley
GU23 6QA

A word from our sponsor, McCarthy & Stone


We’re thrilled to be sponsoring Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley and are looking
forward to meeting many of you during the event – you can find us in the Glasshouse Gallery.  
We’ll be there to tell you a little bit about us, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, and just why so many of our homeowners wish they’d made the move to a McCarthy & Stone apartment sooner.
If you can't wait until the event you can find out more on the McCarthy & Stone website

Girl with butterflyPlan your visit


Pushchairs cannot be taken into the Glasshouse during this event and we kindly ask that pushchairs are kept in the designated buggy park.




Members: FREE (plus a family guest)

Non-members: normal garden admission. You can book in advance to save 10%

Admission is available on the day, or you can book a time slot to skip any queues.

Garden opening times


Monday – Friday
Garden: 10am – 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm)
Glasshouse general admission: 10am – 4pm (last entry at 3.30pm)
Timed tickets: 10.15am – 4pm (last entry 3.15pm)
Saturday, Sunday and half term (10 – 18 February)
Garden: 9am – 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm)
Glasshouse general admission: 9am – 4pm (last entry at 3.30pm)
Timed tickets: 9.30am – 4pm (last entry 3.15pm)

  • FAQs – got a question about booking tickets, how the event works, or butterflies in general? Find the answer here

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Would you like to attract more butterflies into your own garden?

We asked three RHS Partner Gardens and Event Hosts for tips on how to make your garden more attractive to these marvellous creatures.

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