Denver Botanic Gardens has a new butterfly pavilion that is now open with 100-150 butterflies. Watch the beautiful creatures flying about the gardens and enjoy the native Colorado plants. Located at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Plant life thrives inside of the botanic gardens allowing the butterflies to live free and in an open atmosphere perfect for their growth. Many butterflies are native to Colorado, along with the plants.
“Colorado is a hotspot for diversity of butterflies because of different habitats from the plains to the foothills to the mountains. It’s a great addition to all our other offerings here,” Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield director Larry Vickerman said in the Denver Post article.
Partnering with the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster helped the Denver Botanic Gardens helped to get started. “We wanted to create something new and something different for the metro area,” Butterfly Pavilion vice president Mary Ann Hamilton said in the article.
“We’ve been in Westminster for 19 years and we’ve never had a native house in the metro area or the state,” Hamilton said. Guests can find the pavilion right next to the main parking lot for the gardens. Opened all summer long, it will only be closed if the weather gets bad.
The 1,600-square-foot structure was built by the Butterfly Pavilion while Denver Botanic Gardens planted the garden with about 50 different species of plants. Admission cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children age 3-12.