Butterfly Houses of the Month
Well Spring is starting to spring so I think we are all starting to think butterflies. So if the white snow and gray skies of winter are giving you the blues you can turn them into blue Morphos at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House at Faust Park in Chesterfield, MO. March brings a very special kind of madness to the Butterfly House in the form of their annual March Morpho Mania® event! Visit us during the month of March, when the tropical conservatory is flooded with thousands of breathtaking Blue Morpho butterflies alive and on the wing. Throughout March Morpho Mania® , visitors will learn about the critical role butterflies play in nature, and how butterfly houses are over the world are involved with butterfly conservation efforts in Central America. So turn your winter blues into Morphos at Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.
As the Pennsylvania winter recedes two of my personal favorite butterfly exhibits will reopen. They are two of my favorites because I was the consultant for them and they exhibit only North American butterflies. No one can deny the beauty of a Morpho or the startling ocelli of an owl as it clings to a tree. But how often do you get to marvel just a nose length away from a monarch, giant swallowtail or buckeye butterfly. At Clyde Peeling's Reptiland and the Hershey butterfly house you can do just that and more.
Clyde Peeling is truly a class act and everything the Peelings do is always first rate. They are an amazing outfit to work with. Reptiland is a specialized zoo that introduces visitors to the less-loved members of the animal kingdom in a safe, entertaining format. You can get up close and personal not only to butterflies but to mambas, cobras, vipers, pythons and other rare and beautiful snakes as well. The gentle giant tortoises will make you think you are in the Galapagos Islands. Giant alligators, curious lizards and colorful frogs wait for you around every bend. You never know what you will find at Reptiland, but you can be sure that it will be interesting and displayed beautifully. If you want to be amazed and find out more please visit http://reptiland.com/ and tell them that Rick said Hi!
Well if you don't want to travel that far north into Pennsylvania please visit the Hershey Butterfly House. Not only did my wife Claudia and I design it but we physically planted the plants inside. Like Reptiland the Hershey Butterfly house is not huge but it was designed to be charming. With a meandering pathway, lapping fountain and pond plus hundreds of winged beauties filling the air it would be hard to find a better place to relax. The house is set in the center of the Historic Hershey Rose Garden. The rose garden is a brilliant assortment of 5,600 roses representing 275 varieties. There are other gardens as well such as the M.S. Hershey Tribute Garden, Perennial, Herb, Rock, Ornamental Grasses, Japanese and Children's Gardens among others. So if you like beautiful flowers as much as you like butterflies you better plan a visit to http://www.hersheygardens.org/garden_attractions/butterfly_house.php
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