Join us at the annual spring plant sale where we will have live butterflies and caterpillars to display! We will be providing information about our organization, education and information about butterflies and butterfly gardening. At the event will be plant vendors, food trucks, live music, and kid’s activities. Parking is free.
We will meet outside the visitor’s center near the entrance. The trails are easily navigated with any type of footwear, though a good walking shoe is recommended. Paths follow the terrain so there are natural inclines. Throughout the gardens are numerous benches and areas to rest. Public bathrooms, water fountains, and a snack bar are amenities available. Please bring with you those items that will enable you to have a pleasant walk and experience. Please note that the gardens charges $1 per half hour for parking on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Areas of the garden to be explored will begin with those areas known to have reliable butterfly sightings. Additional locations will be visited depending upon time and interest. Butterflies that can be observed include skippers, swallowtails, sulphurs, duskywings–and more, depending upon the time of year.
Come support the Carolina Butterfly Society at the Duke Gardens Spring Plant Sale! Plants will be available for purchase–be sure to arrive early as milkweeds sell out quickly! We will have live butterflies and chrysalises on display, as well as other educational materials, and information about our organization.
If you would like to help out at the event, please register. Your assistance for an hour or for the entire event would be greatly appreciated.
Begin the butterfly season with a walk through the JC Raulston Arboretum! Meet up will be at the visitor’s center. Paths through the garden are easily navigated by any kind of footwear. Be sure to bring with you any necessities you might need to have an enjoyable walk. Amenities at the location include public restroom and water fountains. The arboretum is within driving distance of restaurants of all kinds. Parking is free. Butterflies typically seen at the Arboretum include: Tiger Swallowtails, Pipevine Swallowtails and caterpillars, cabbage whites, Sulphurs, assorted skippers, angelwings, and more! Rain date or poor butterflying weather reschedule date will be on April 11 @ 1-3 PM.