Purdy Butterfly House opens this weekend at Huntsville Botanical Garden – get a 360-degree view!

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Botanical Garden offers you plenty of chances to get up close and personal with nature. This weekend, the Purdy Butterfly House opens with beautiful butterflies ready to swoop on your shoulders.

Children will hold their breath when a Monarch drops in to say hello or squeal with joy as a Spice Bush Swallowtail flutters by. This weekend the 9,000-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 Longwing, Zebra Swallowtails, Pipevine Swallowtails, Monarchs, Queens, Sulfurs, Cabbage Whites, Tiger Swallowtails, Spice Bush Swallowtails, Giant Swallowtail, Black Swallowtails, Red Admirals and more!  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 Button Quail scurrying around and turtles sunning themselves in the pond or digging in the dirt. Box Turtles, as well as Yellow Bellied Pond Sliders and Red Eared Sliders also call the open-aired haven home.

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 approximately 35 full and part time employees and over 1,900 active volunteers. With five exciting festivals each year: Beaks & Barks, Huntsville Blooms, 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.

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