Have you ever wanted to wander freely amongst free flying tropical butterflies and exotic plants? Well now you can! We are delighted to announce the opening of our specially constructed, temporary Butterfly Corner in our Plant House which will be open daily from Monday 17th July until Monday 17th September and will be completely free of charge. Last Summer Julie Aylett and Adam Wigglesworth undertook a study tour of garden Centres in Switzerland. One of the ideas that they returned with was to create a temporary tropical butterfly house at the garden centre in St Albans as they had seen in many Swiss garden centres, they felt this would enhance customers visit as well as bringing an educational aspect during the summer months when many young gardeners are visiting Aylett’s. Since the Dahlia field returned to the Nursery 15 years ago, and the creating of the celebration garden and wild flower meadow they have also been aware that customers have been amazed by the amount of native butterflies that visit the single Dahlias in particular.
This will be an enclosed area planted with a range of tropical plants where you can learn about the fascinating lifecycle of the butterfly and watch the butterflies feed and fly. There will also be a puparium where the new butterflies will emerge and without any predators this will be like living in a five star hotel! Our younger gardeners will particularly enjoy spotting the different species, caterpillars and butterfly eggs. The pupae supplied by the London Pupae Company are mostly reared on their own farms in the Philippines and Thailand. When the house closes on the 17th September the butterflies, eggs, caterpillars and plants will be relocated to the Butterfly House at Whipsnade Zoo.
The Dahlia field and Celebration Garden which includes a wild flower meadow also attracts a wide range of native butterflies. As the Celebration Garden will be at it’s peak of colour at this time why not factor in some time to enjoy a stroll around the garden at your leisure or relax on one of the many benches and enjoy the views.