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Announcing the new Butterfly House at LadewPicture of a child and butterfly

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Welcome to the new Butterfly House — the first of its kind in the region!

Step inside and experience up-close the habitat and life cycle of local butterflies and caterpillars.  Our naturalists will guide your visit, teaching you about the remarkable metamorphosis, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. You may discover a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis... you can see which plants provide food and shelter for each of the native butterfly species... you can learn about the vital role butterflies play in plant pollination and in the food chain.  

The Butterfly House at Ladew Gardens is made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Middendorf Foundation, Inc.


Butterfly House Hours


June 15 - September 20      10:30 am - 4 pm   (weather permitting)

July 4                                       10:30 am - 1 pm

September 12                         11 am - 4 pm  — Children's Day:  Feathered Friends!

September 21 - October 2    Groups only - by appointment (call 410.557.9570, ext 213)

Please Note:  In the case of inclement weather, including heavy rain, thunderstorms, and hot Code Red days, we reserve the right to close the Butterfly House.  If in doubt, please call ahead to confirm whether the Butterfly House is open.

"Monarch Mondays"

In celebration of the beautiful Monarch butterfly… Ladew Gardens will present Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed seed packets to the first 10 guests every Monday (when you mention “Monarch Mondays”) at Admissions in the Visitor Center.

Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed is a beautiful summer perennial with deep pink flowers from June through October. It is a food source for Monarch caterpillars and nectar source for many butterflies and other pollinators. Eastern US Native Plant. 3-4’ tall Prefers moist soil but will do well in average well -drained soil. Full to part sun. Sow seeds in Fall or Spring.

Please check in at the Gift Shop prior to visiting the Butterfly House.

Ladew members: Free
Non-members: Free with paid garden admission

Groups of 10 or more  are required to schedule a visit in advance.  Contact Sue Myers at 410.557.9570, ext. 213 or