Happiness is a butterfly…

June 14, 2018  
Filed under Home & Garden

Butterflies are the closest thing we have to living magical creatures – like fairies come to life. They delight us when we spot them in a field or garden. To be able to wander among over 4,000 of them is just enchanting.

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens in South Deerfield, Massachusetts is an 18,400-square foot facility with an 8,000-sq. ft. glass conservatory filled with butterflies, moths and tropical vegetation. The sun shines through the glass walls and the conservatory is heated to an 80-degree tropical-like environment all year round. The heart-shaped pond with Japanese koi graces its center and the sound of the waterfall, peaceful music and hundreds of butterflies fluttering freely through the air creates a tranquil and serene atmosphere.

A visit begins with exhibits showing the history and evolution of butterflies, as well as videos.

And then, through the double doors lies the conservatory. Your first glimpse is one of awe as some 4,000 butterflies of all colors, shapes, sizes and varieties go dancing past. ‘Flight Attendants’ are scattered throughout the conservatory, waiting to help you identify the many different butterflies. Brilliantly colored koi rise to the surface of the pond to greet you. Along the sides of the paths are park benches for you to sit and relax and watch for as long as you want.

If the weather permits, exit out the double glass north doors and across to the seasonal Iron Butterfly Outdoor Gardens. In the field, the gardens are filled with nectar flowers, which attract native butterflies.


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