RHS WISLEY, Butterflies in the Glasshouse, 2018

DAY TRIPPER Butterflies in the Glasshouse Returns to RHS Wisley Gardens

12.01.2018 / words: The Guide 2 Surrey / image: Fiona Digby-Jones

The vibrant Butterflies in The Glasshouse exhibit returns to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Wisley from 13 January-4 March 2018, providing a tropical retreat for visitors this winter.
More than 50 species of exotic free-flying butterflies will inhabit the Tropical Zone of the cathedral-like Glasshouse for this eye-catching exhibit. The special guests will showcase their magnificent colours, patterns and form amongst lush-tropical plantings, such as palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool.

New species of butterflies such as Graphium doson and Papilio paris, will be joining other favourites for 2018, such as Morpho peleides, Kallima inachus and Siproeta stelene. The Graphium doson is a black tropical butterfly with pale blue semi-transparent central wing bands that are formed by large spots and is widespread throughout Southeast Asia. Papilio paris, the Paris peacock, is a striking species of swallowtail butterfly found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Pick up a spotter guide on arrival to identify the ones you have seen.

For those visitors keen to become butterfly experts, explore the family-friendly Education Zone. The interactive area will spark imagination and enable visitors to learn all about the intriguing life cycle of a butterfly. To mark the launch weekend on 13-14 January 2018, visitors will get the chance to decorate butterfly willow sculptures before they go on display and children can enjoy face painting. 

Emma Allen, Garden Manager at RHS Garden Wisley, said: “The Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley is the ideal place to visit during winter as we are bringing a tropical experience to you here in Surrey. Breath-taking species, native to areas from around the world, have been carefully selected for our Tropical Zone, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience these amazing butterflies up close. Bring along a camera and see which ones you can find as you wander through our piece of tropical paradise.”    

For the first time, Butterflies in The Glasshouse is proudly sponsored by McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder. The event is free to RHS Members and a family guest. Non-members can save 10% by booking online in advance. Pre-book your free timeslot to skip any queues.

For further details about Butterflies in the Glasshouse, visit rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley.