Exciting new feature for Hampton Court Flower Show
The Butterfly Dome at Hampton Court will transport visitors into a lush paradise garden featuring tropical planting to re-create the butterflies’ natural habitat
12 June 2016
An enormous (283m2) tropical Butterfly Dome at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (5 – 10 July), supported by Viking Cruises, will give visitors the rare opportunity to walk among thousands of exotic Indonesian and South American butterflies, displaying their fascinating colours and patterns as they take flight or settle amid the vegetation.
On entering the dome, visitors will be transported into a lush paradise garden featuring tropical planting to re-create the butterflies’ natural habitat. A range of vibrant, colourful species including blue morpho, pale owl, postman and swallowtail butterflies will feel at home flying freely among towering Ficus trees and settling on brightly coloured flowering Hibiscus. Special feeding stations will give visitors the chance to admire the striking species up close.
Butterfly Conservation’s The State of the UK’s Butterflies 2015 report found that 57% of butterfly species in the UK have declined over the past 40 years. With this in mind, the Butterfly Dome at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will be surrounded by a wildflower meadow full of native flowers designed to attract British butterflies and other wildlife. As well as using plants recommended on the RHS Perfect for Pollinators plant list, the meadow will feature plants that caterpillars feed on such as thyme, holly, ivy, honeysuckle, foxgloves and cistus. Pupariums will also give visitors the opportunity to watch the magical moment a butterfly emerges from its pupa.
Show Manager Dave Green said: “We’re really excited that the Butterfly Dome is back at the show this year, it will be a great interactive spectacle and definitely a highlight not to be missed. We hope visitors will leave the show inspired to make their own gardens more wildlife friendly and help halt the decline of Britain’s butterfly population.”
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show runs from 5 – 10 July 2016. For further information or to buy tickets, please visit the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt