As though Ladew Gardens really needed to be more beautiful—or as though we could even conceive of a more spectacular Ladew. Well, they’ve officially outdone themselves this summer with the opening of their new Butterfly House. The Butterfly House showcases native plants and native butterflies (and caterpillars—because you know how that works) and provides an up-close, educational experience on the natural history and life cycle of several butterfly species. It’s the first of its kind in the region and will enjoy a “soft opening” beginning July 19th, with daily hours (10 am – 3 pm). Over the next few weeks, the plantings will stabilize and the butterfly population will grow in time for a culminating event on Saturday, September 6th (don’t worry—we’ll remind you)— which is Ladew’s annual Children’s Day event: A Celebration of Butterflies & Caterpillars.
“The Butterfly House will illustrate the importance of plant & animal relationships in nature, as well as encourage native plant gardening and protecting native, wild habitats,” explains Sheryl Pedrick, Ladew’s Education Director. “It provides a unique and engaging learning experience for everyone — young and old, alike.”As stewards of an historic garden, Ladew is committed to sustainable gardening practices, which we love. And the fact that they’re helping to get young people hip to the notion of sustainable gardening makes us even happier. The Butterfly House is the perfect way to learn about the beneficial role of insects, including the vital role they play in plant pollination and in the food chain—and a really great excuse to add in an extra visit to Ladew Gardens this summer.
Ladew Topiary Gardens is located on Jarrettsville Pike in Monkton, MD. For more information, visit www.LadewGardens.com.
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