Butterflies In The Glasshouse
Last weekend waking up to a sunny Sunday morning we decided to abandon our very muddy, waterlogged plot for the day and drive over to RHS Wisley. I was keen, as ever, to visit the vegetable garden, take some photographs and have a walk. What we hadn’t factored in was how cold it would be and though I did all the things I wanted to it was barely an hour before I was seeking some warmth.
So with that in mind we headed over to The Glasshouse which houses Wisley’s collection of exotic plants, with dry temperate, moist temperate and tropical zones it features palms, cacti, orchid collections and many other species that we would only normally expect to grow as house plants in the UK. Whilst these are always a pleasure to see on grand scale in their jungle like setting, on Sunday they played a bit of a supporting role to the stunningly beautiful butterflies that are being introduced in preparation for the annual Butterflies in the Glasshouse exhibition which starts this coming weekend.
If you’re familiar with The Glasshouse you’ll know that it’s always busy, children seem to find it particularly appealing and their squeals of joy can be heard as soon as you enter. On this occasion however they seemed silenced in wonder as the butterflies darted from plant to plant pausing only to visit their feeding stations. It was just a joy.
Utterly mesmerising to adults and children alike I’ll certainly be making time to visit again.
The butterflies will be in The Glasshouse from the 17th of January until the 8th of March and there is a range of activities and events planned during this time. It’s very popular so you do need to book and all details can be found here.