By this time next week the festivities of Christmas will be over and the lull between Christmas day and New Year’s day will be upon us. But the quieter period between these days of celebration can be a great time to plan ahead for garden days out in the new year.

While the weather outside is ‘frightful’ there’ll be something quite ‘delightful’ in the Wisley Glasshouse from 14th January until 5th March 2017. Butterflies…

Over 6000 tropical butterflies will be released into the glasshouse during the frosty weeks of early 2017, so while the wind and winter storms batter the glass outside, inside you’ll be taking off your coat in the tropical heat and watching an enchanting aerial display.

With over 50 species to see, as well as educational areas where you can view butterflies through a microscope and watch the caterpillars start their life cycle, this is an event for the whole family. It’s a great chance to take beautiful photographs too and think about ways of improving your own garden for native butterflies this summer.

In celebration of the event there will be butterfly sculptures throughout RHS Wisley garden and children can enter a drawing competition too. There’s a host of events lined up that continue through half term too, so see the website here for full details. Entrance to the glasshouse is included in the entry price and adult entry fees start at £14.50. For price details see here.

This is a really magical day out after the dull days at the end of the year. A great way to start 2017!