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Cleveland Botanical Gardens to begin releasing more than 600 butterflies a week into biome

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Apr 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-03 14:40:12-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Botanical Garden is welcoming the spring season with its ‘Return of the Butterflies’ event on Saturday.

The garden will release more than 600 butterflies at the Costa Rica biome every week until September. Visitors will have the chance to interact with the butterflies and identify about eight different butterfly species, including the postman, the blue morpho, the giant owl and many more.

“It’s a magical experience,” said Jillian Slane, director of exhibit and experiences. “The butterflies are all around and they'll land on you, and you can watch them doing all kinds of things, and as soon as they emerge, they are looking for nectar, so we'll see them around different flowers.”

Guests of the Cleveland Botanical Garden will need to make reservations ahead of time as spots are limited, and face masks will be required to enter the glasshouse.

Sunday, April 4 will be the last day to catch the garden’s Orchid Forever exhibit, but the Hershey Children’s Garden will reopen Saturday. It’s been revamped to include a scavenger hunt for kids and nature-related activities.

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