Butterfly Festival Schedule 2020

2020 Festival Schedule (dates and times subject to change) 

“Celebrate the magic of butterflies at the second annual Butterfly Festival held at the John White Butterfly Center in The Elizabethan Gardens. There’s plenty of games, activities and events for children of all ages – and kids at heart.”

April 1,8,15,22,29 2020
Butterfly Release
10:00 am
Free w/ paid admission
FREE with paid admission. Event is outside (activity is subject to weather-related cancellations). Join us on the Great Lawn as we release butterflies into the wild. Visit also our indoor Butterfly Center which opens to the public at 10:45 on Wednesdays. An experience for the whole family.

April 1,8,15,22,29 2020
Butterfly Release
10:30 am
All tickets: $14
Advanced Reservations Required
An exclusive opportunity – requires 7-day advance ticket reservations. Join us for an up-close chance to experience these beautiful creatures as they take their first flight inside our John White Butterfly Center. Limited to 40 guests. Tickets must be purchased online only for this limited event. Our staff will share with you more about butterflies and our center in the program. Program includes a keepsake certificate and a handheld butterfly feeder¬¬¬. This is a wonderful experience for the whole family.

April 4, 2020 Saturday
Butterfly Keeper Day
10:00-2:00 PM
Members $15 adult, $10 children under 15 yrs/ Not-Yet Members $20 adult, $15 children under 15 yrs
* Limited to 14 participants. Must be 8 years or older. RSVP five days before event. Do you want to be a butterfly keeper for a day? Learn how to care for butterflies and see what they need to be healthy and happy alongside our butterfly keepers. Learn how to identify butterflies and help unpack, release and feed newly-emerged butterflies. Participants receive a “Butterfly Keeper for a Day” certificate. Includes admission and a snack.

April 4, 2020 Saturday
Making a Butterfly Garden Workshop
10:00-11:30 am
Members $25/$30 Not Yet Members
Whether a small pot or a lush meadow, an important garden in any size. Learn about what butterflies need and what plants they nest on, feed from and add them to your garden.

April 15, 2020 Wednesday
Butterfly Tea Party
2:00-4:00 pm
Members $40 adults, $20 youth under 15 yrs/ Not-Yet Members $45 adults, $30 youth under 15 yrs
Limited to 100 participants. Advanced registration required. youth under 15 years. Savor each sip, melt on each morsel and bask in the Gardens as you enjoy meeting an upcoming author in this fun-inspired tea with butterfly crafts and games. Odom Hall will be adorned with plants from the greenhouse setting the stage for tea to be served in the style and elegance expected of a decadent tea party.

April 11, 2020 Saturday
Easter Eggstravaganza
10:00 am-1:00 pm
Admission Required
Come spring over to the annual Easter Eggstravaganza. This event has become an Outer Banks spring tradition held in the midst of the beautiful spring blooms featuring an egg scavenger hunt, photo opportunities, a homemade bake sale, egg roll on the Great Lawn, story time, educational crafts, games, an Easter bonnet and hat contest, and more kid-geared fun. Members/Friends: Free. Non-Members: standard admission price. Children under 5 are free with a paying adult. For info or details, call 252-473-3234 or visitwww.elizabethangardens.org

April 24, 2020 10:00 a.m. Friday
Arbor Day “Meet the Trees” in the Gardens
10:00 a.m.
Arbor Day, which is Latin for “Tree Day,” is an environmental holiday where citizens and groups are encouraged to plant trees and care for the already existing trees. Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling Morton on April 10th, 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States where over an estimated one million trees were planted on that single day. Come join us in the Gardens with coffee and donuts and discussion of our tree collection. You can help our Garden Staff in planting trees in the Gardens. Learn how to plant trees and what will make a healthy tree grow. Free for members and with Admission.

April 25, 2020 Saturday
POP UP Art Show
10:00-2:00 pm
Free with standard admission
Free with standard admission. Art prices as low as $50. Enjoy a glass of wine (cash bar, $5), morsels of cheese, and sweets while you stroll the gardens and see what the art community of North Carolina has to offer. See watercolor, acrylic, oils and mixed media paintings. Both established and new emerging artists will be presented together, giving the public a chance to see some favorites and to discover new works too. This is one show you will not want to miss!! Proceeds benefit The Elizabethan Gardens.

April 25, 2020 Saturday
WOOFstock 10:00-2:00 pm
Standard Admission Required. Free for canines.
Let the dogs out for our third annual tail-wagging’ happy affair. Features local fur-loving exhibitors and activities for your entire family with contests (and first place prizes) for your dog. WOOFstock also features live music, a dog photographer and concessions available for both dogs and humans. Standard admission for members, non-members and canine visitors applies. FREE for canines, standard admission for humans.

April 26, 2020 Sunday
Compost Tea Workshop
10:00-11:30 am
Members Free/ Not Yet Members $9
Learn the proper preparation and application of Compost Tea and watch your garden take off! We will prepare a batch of tea to use and recipes for home brewing.

April 26, 2020 Sunday
Spring & Sip Floral Arranging
12:00-2:00 pm
Members $45 / Non-members $50 (includes admission and book)
RSVP Required.
Limited to 16 (Minimum of 5)
Carl Curnutte will lead a class on how to create a spring bouquet arrangement. Participants will be treated to delicious wine and fine cheeses. This is the perfect opportunity to create a wonderful floral artwork showpiece for your table with this hands-on workshop. *If you would like to arrange any of these special programs for the month of April for special tours, garden clubs, school groups, or business retreats please call Carl Curnutte at 252-473-3761 to make arrangements. ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED Call 252.473.3234 to join us!


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