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The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is celebrating its 1oth anniversary this year with a nod to one of the most widely recognized and well-loved creatures in the insect world: the butterfly.
The Butterfly Festival will kick off Saturday with a special presentation about native plants and butterflies. Other presentations on the schedule for the weekend include a lecture about what plants can attract butterflies to a garden and an information session about the decline of the Monarch butterfly population.
The festival will also include some family-friendly activities, including a “Make and Take” children’s program at which kids will be given their own pupa they can take home and watch turn into a butterfly.
This program will be offered at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, and participation is limited to the first 10 families to arrive at each session.
The main attraction of the Butterfly Festival is the on-site butterfly tent stocked with more than 200 butterflies. The tent is being provided by Catherine Short of the Virginia Master Naturalists Historic Rivers Chapter, and organization that is also celebrating its ten year anniversary.
Visitors to the tent will have the opportunity to get a close look at a variety of beautiful butterflies.
There will also be self-guided childrens’ activity stations set up in the garden and information kiosks from local nature groups where visitors can learn more about all things nature.
Admission to the Butterfly Festival is free but a $5 donation toward the maintenance of the garden is encouraged. The complete schedule can be found here.