Hundreds of Colorful Butterflies Return to the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Glasshouse

Wed., Apr. 21, 2021

To celebrate the arrival of spring in a big way, Holden Forest & Gardens presents Return of the Butterflies at the Cleveland Botanical Garden – a visual treat with more than 600 newly emerged butterflies in Costa Rica biome beginning Saturday, April 3rd.

The butterflies in the Costa Rica biome will bring the Glasshouse to life—amazing, colorful, moving, exhilarating life and you’ll see them actively searching for nectar as food sources, flying around. “The sheer proliferation of butterflies is a memorable experience,” says Jillian Slane, director of exhibits and experiences. “You get to interact with them when you walk through the Glasshouse,” she relates. “It’s a strong bond and connection to nature.”

Guests will be greeted with a stunning array of nearly 10 species of butterfly including:

  • Eliconius melpomene “Postman”
  • Caligo eurilochus “Giant Owl”
  • Dryas julia “Julia Longwing”
  • Heliconius charitonius “Zebra Longwing”
  • Siproeta epaphus “Rusty-Tipped Page”
  • Catonephele orites “Grecian Shoemaker”
  • Morpho peleides “Blue Morpho”
  • Siproeta stelenes “Malachite”

Acres and acres of outdoor gardens come to life during the month of April. Fragrant blooms of snowflake Viburnums, the charming pinwheel-like blooms of creeping phlox and the annual tulip display will all be able to be enjoyed later this month.

Trees have their flowering season including the stunning weeping cherry along with the ephemeral blooms of the apple serviceberry. In the Gateway garden be sure to enjoy the subtle and compelling blooms of the weeping katsura tree. Just beyond the fence of White Oak Walk you can’t miss the dramatic yellows of daffodils situated like golden curtains for an iridescent blue stage of Siberian squill.

A limited number of advanced reservations are available each day. Face masks must be worn in the interior garden building.

Rainforest Creature Feature: Guests are invited to meet the critters that call the Glasshouse home during special meet-and-greets with the animals Fridays through Sundays at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Get up close with a panther chameleon, radiated tortoises, an eastern box turtle, African bullfrog or smokey jungle frog, and Madagascar hissing roaches.


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