Take a stroll through the Butterfly Garden at Woodland Park Zoo

The exhibition, which was closed for two years due to COVID-19, is now open to visitors. Sponsored by Woodland Park Zoo

SEATTLE – After a two-year closure due to COVID-19, Molbak’s Butterfly Garden at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is once again welcoming visitors.

The enclosure, home to hundreds of North American butterflies and plant species, officially reopened on May 27.

Classical music blares from speakers as visitors walk the path, encountering free-flying butterflies around every corner.

“With the classical music and it’s light — the plants and butterflies just seem to glow,” said zoo keeper Sue Andersen. “This is the most beautiful place in the world at the moment.”

In the period since 2020, the zoo has expanded the exhibit with new foliage and butterflies. Visitors can see them in their pupal stage hanging in an enclosure – and next to it, newly hatched butterflies are waiting on the so-called “dry tree” for their wings to dry.

“It’s one of those places I like to go to to refresh my mind,” Andersen said. “At the moment when so many people are having such a difficult time in their lives, this is a very, very special place for me.”

It’s also a place where people learn. Specifically, that butterflies aren’t just beautiful — they’re a vital part of our existence.

“Butterflies have a hidden advantage that people don’t usually think about,” Andersen said. “Butterflies are great pollinators. There are estimates that at least 80% of our diet comes from pollinated plants.”

She hopes that whoever strolls through this garden will leave with a different perspective and a sense of peace.

“It’s a magical place,” Andersen said.

The Molbak Butterfly Garden can be visited free of charge with zoo admission and is open daily from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm until Monday 5 September.

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