Butterflies bring the exotic to RHS Wisley

A TROPICAL exhibition with more than 50 varieties of butterflies from across the world is providing the perfect warming escape from winter for visitors to RHS Wisley.

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Butterflies in The Glasshouse exhibition is now officially open to the public until 4 March after an exclusive preview held last Friday.

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Butterflies on display come from areas such as the Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Thailand and Cuba. Species include the Kallima inachus (Orange Oakleaf) and Siproeta stelene (Malachite), alongside new species for 2018 such as the Graphium doson (Common Jay) and Papilio paris (Paris Peacock).

They inhabit the Tropical Zone of the Glasshouse, showcasing their magnificent colours, patterns and form amongst lush-tropical plantings, as well as aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool.

Emma Allen, garden manager at RHS Wisley, added: “The Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley is the ideal place to visit during winter as we are bringing a tropical experience to you here in Surrey.

“Breath-taking species, native to areas from around the world, have been carefully selected for our Tropical Zone, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience these amazing butterflies up close.

“Bring along a camera and see which ones you can find as you wander through our piece of tropical paradise.”

The exhibit at Wisley is being sponsored by retirement home builders McCarthy and Stone.

The event is free to RHS members and a family guest. Non-members can save 10% by booking online in advance. For more information about the exhibit, visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/whats-on/butterflies-in-the-glasshouse.

The exhibition will run until 4 March.

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