I had the pleasure of visiting the Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit located at the beautiful Brookside Gardens. Brookside Gardens is the epitome of garden lusciousness. With its vast variety of plants, colorful flowers, tranquil water displays, and lovely landscapes, this garden is considered one of the most picturesque parks in Maryland. The land itself is a 50-acre property, that also houses conservatories, a visitor center, a gift shop, and a Horticultural Library. You can see all that and more as you stroll through the convenient walking trails, shaded gazebos, and sit upon the comfortable bench seats, which allow you to take a moment to breathe in the fresh sweet-smelling aroma of roses, hydrangeas, summersweets, and more. The gardens are a lovely way to connect with family and friends as you take in some scenic splendor. They also feature a small play area which will peek the interests of tiny visitors.
On my visit to Brookside Gardens, and because I am an avid butterfly lover, I decided to visit their popular Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit. For a reasonable fee, you get the chance to be amid a butterfly haven. Hundreds of butterflies of many different varieties, fly freely among you, and occasionally, one may land on your shoulder or on your hat to say hello. We saw butterflies of every color and size, all gorgeous and fluttering happily. The conservatory also housed an array of butterfly friendly plants and fruit for butterflies who wish to land for a nibble or two. Before entering the butterfly house, there is also a small area which features various types of exotic caterpillars of which I had never seen before.
This exhibit is perfect for butterfly enthusiasts who wish to get an up close and personal experience with these dynamic little creatures. This exhibit is also a great space for nature photographers, as is the entire Brookside Garden. It’s a selfie sanctuary for millennials. And would make an especially romantic daytime date in my opinion. But don’t take my word for it, check out Brookside Gardens for yourself. And if you love butterflies like me, check out the Wings of Fancy exhibit while you’re there. It’s sure to tickle your fancy.
Until Next Time, check out some of the photos I snapped while at the gardens…
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