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Spring in Full Swing at the Botanic Garden

Butterflies and Bees reopens, new honeybee exhibit at BUGarium and spring flowers in bloom

May 7, 2021 - Spring is in full swing at the Botanic Garden, with the return of its Butterflies and Bees exhibit, a new honeybee colony at the BUGarium and spring flowers in bloom across the facility.

The Butterflies and Bees outdoor pavilion had been closed since fall 2019 and did not reopen in 2020 due to COVID-19.
 
The exhibit features up to 40 native species of butterflies and moths, small non-stinging native bees that freely come in through the mesh from outside, a few other local pollinating insects, and a variety of native pollinator-friendly plants. Visitors will learn about pollinators' role in helping us grow food, their life cycles and how to create pollinator-friendly backyards.
 
The reopening comes just in time for Go Public Gardens Days, an American Public Gardens Association initiative that takes place from May 7-16. To kick off Go Public Gardens Days at the Botanic Garden, visitors will receive free seed packets with regular admission on May 7 while supplies last. For more information about Go Public Gardens Days, visit the American Public Gardens website: publicgardens.org.
 
"This is an excellent time to visit the Botanic Garden," said Maria Thomas, curator of plants. "Not only are we excited to welcome visitors back to our Butterflies and Bees exhibit, but we are also enjoying the peak of our spring blooms across the garden."
 
The BUGarium and Desert Conservatory are also now open. The BUGarium has an exciting new addition: a beehive that gives guests an up-close view of a working honeybee colony.