Ladew Topiary Gardens

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The Butterfly House at Ladew

Picture of a child and butterfly 

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Welcome to Ladew Gardens' 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 13 - October 3             10:30 am - 4 pm   (weather permitting) 

Holiday & Special Event Hours 

September 3, 4 & 5 Labor Day Weekend Hours to be determined
September 10  11 am - 4 pm  — Children's Day: Nature! Art! Play!

Please Note:  In the case of inclement weather, including heavy rain, thunderstorms, and heat advisory days, we reserve the right to close the Butterfly House.  If in doubt, please call ahead to confirm whether the Butterfly House is open.  We reserve the right to close the Butterfly House at the last minute.



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 requested to schedule a visit in advance.  Contact Sue Myers at 410.557.9570, x213 or




Photo credit: Middleton Evans