6252 W. 104 Ave.
Westminster, CO 80020
are the main attraction of the Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.Garden enthusiasts, however, will also be delighted with the Pavilion’s
diverse plants and gardens.
Inside the pavilion, visitors stroll alongside a lagoon surrounded by a
lush tropical rainforest that features more than a hundred different species of
tropical and subtropical plants.Dense
foliage, reminiscent of a tropical island, is everywhere.You’ll find a variety of palms, ferns and plants with dramatic leaves
such as African Shield, Cathedral Window and Elephant’s Ear.Hibiscus, ginger and other exotic, brightly colored flowers that provide
nectar for the numerous butterflies that flit about freely are especially
eye-catching. Butterfly releases are held daily
at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
The grounds outside the pavilion are a striking contrast to the warm,
humid tropical forest inside.One
section features a nature trail that winds through Colorado prairie grass and
native shrubs to a creek.Another
garden, which is sponsored by the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society,
highlights dry land plants such as cactus, hardy ice plant, penstemon, yarrow
butterfly gardens near the pavilion are planted with pincushion flower, cosmos,
nicotiana and other colorful flowers that attract local butterflies.A free flyer that describes how to convert your garden into a butterfly
garden is available for visitors.It
includes a list of plants that provide food for caterpillars and/or nectar for adults.
The Butterfly Pavilion and Insect
Center is located at 6252 North 104th Ave. & U.S. 36 in
$9.00 Seniors (62 &over) and Westminster Residents
$6:00 Children (3 - 12)
Age 1 and under - free