Prairie Post (East Edition)

Butterfly House at Windmill Garden Centre has returned

- By Kendall King

Spring is in the air and butterflie­s are, too.

Butterflie­s of all colours and sizes have returned to John’s Butterfly House at the Windmill Garden Centre. Beginning April 20, the butterfly house will once again be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekly.

“When people come there should be at least 100 butterflie­s flying at all times,” Monica Lanz, a Windmill Garden Centre representa­tive, told the News. “They’re nothing like the native butterflie­s we have here in Medicine Hat.”

Approximat­ely 800 butterflie­s have travelled from the Philippine­s to John’s Butterfly House.

Beyond butterflie­s, there are also several kinds of birds and turtles who will take residence at the site.

“It’s a wonderful tropical place … to come and see,” said Lanz. “There’s a lot of tropical plants to look at. You can see them in their glory because (when) you buy them on the shelf, they’re a tiny little thing in a box, but here you can see a lot of them big and growing. You can see what it would look like in your home.”

Lanz recommends a visit to the butterfly house as a fun family outing. Admission fee is $8.50 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children. A four-person family pack is also available for $24.

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