Join Powell Gardens in Kingsville for a grand celebration of beautiful butterflies! The festival includes an indoor exhibit with hundreds of free-flying butterflies and moths from the tropical United States and Costa Rica.
In addition to the tropical butterflies inside, two outdoor butterfly breezeways are aflutter with native species, children's activities, an exhibit of Bill Johnson's ultra-close-up insect photos, butterfly plant sale, and more. The festival is held two weekends: Aug. 3-5 and 10-12. Festival admission is $12/adults, $10/seniors and $5/children ages 5-12.
During the festival the conservatory in the Visitor Education Center transforms into a tropical butterfly house where visitors encounter exotic species ranging from the world’s largest moth, the Atlas, to the magical Blue Morpho of Costa Rica. The new collection of tropical butterflies includes more than 10 species of the Heliconian family, commonly known as longwings.
Other outdoor exhibits at the festival include the Native Butterfly Breezeway and displays by Master Gardeners and Monarch Watch, where visitors can learn how to tag Monarchs for research and how to plant way stations for their migration. As always, Mother Nature will determine the precise mix of butterflies and moths on display during the festival.
Call 816-697-2600 and visit www.powellgardens.org for more information.