Public Butterfly Gardens in VA and NC

 NC  Butterfly Houses and Gardens  

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raliegh, N.C. has a Living Conservatory which contains butterflies, hummungbirds, forest turtles and fragance plants. Admission is free to the museum and Living Conservatory, but donations are welcome. The Conservatory is open year round. Located in Raleigh at 11 W. Jones St. Call (919) 733-7450 or via website at
http://www.naturalsciences.org.

The nonprofit Charlotte Nature Museum's butterfly house is at Freedom Park.  It is a 1,000 sq. ft. conservatory, 30' tall, that holds 150 live North American native butterfly species.  It is located in Southeast Charlotte, adjacent to the Freedom Park at 1658 Sterling Road.  For more information call 703-337-2671.

Magic Wings Butterfly House, at the Museum of Life and Sciences in Durham, is open year round and contains live tropical butterflies.  The Carolina Pavilion, which contains native species, is open in the summer through October 8.  Call (919) 220-5429 or check their website at http://www.ncmls.org.

   VA Butterfly Houses and  Gardens

The V.A. Zoological Park has a small butterfly garden.  The zoo is located at 3500 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23504.  Their telephone number is (757) 624-9937.  The zoo website is http://www.virginiazoo.org/           

Virginia Living Museum has a regular exhibition butterfly garden with nectar and host plants, plus a butterfly basing area, a puddling area and an area for overwintering of mourning cloak butterflies, including milkweed varieties for Momarch butterflies, etc.  The Virginia Lving Museum is at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601.  Telephone number is: (757) 595-1900.  Their website is http://www.thevlm.org/

The Bristow Butterfly Garden at Norfolk Botanical Gardens is a 2 acre garden which provides a habitat to attract and support butterflies at all stages of their life cycle.  Within the garden you will find a swallowtail and monarch nursery, nectar garden, moonlight garden and butterfly bush collection. The address for the Norfolk Botantical Garden is 6700 Azalea Garden Rd, Norfolk, VA 25318-5337.  For more information call (757) 441-5830.  The website for the garden is http://www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org

A 5,700 sq. ft.butterfly garden has been created at the Cedar Crossing Park in Chesapeake, VA.

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