It's that time of year again...Butterfly time at the Meijer Gardens.

Butterflies Are Blooming is Meijer Gardens' most popular annual exhibition and the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in the nation.

The exhibit opened  March 1, and runs through April 30.  It truly is a 'great escape' of our Michigan winter where you get to mingle with more than 6,000 tropical butterflies flying free in the 15,000-square-foot Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory.

What fun it is.  While walking through the exhibition you'll see more than 40 different species from the Far East, Africa and Central America. Each week hundreds of chrysalises arrive at Meijer Gardens and are sorted, inspected, labeled and pinned in our sealed Butterfly Bungalow. The chrysalises are then placed in a special emergence area of the Bungalow where visitors can witness through a window their magical transformation into butterflies!

It's a wonderful place for photos and just one of the opportunities for visitors to see butterflies up-close and personal. You'll see them drinking nectar from the flowering plants and feeding stations, lighting on the odd nose or shoulder, and congregating along the stream beds, as well as in flight all around.

During the exhibition, the Lena Meijer Children's Garden offers special activities. Additionally, interactive displays are featured throughout.

This is a 'not-to-miss' exhibit for the entire family.  Tickets are affordably priced and available at the main Gardens' entrance.