Butterflies are a central theme in the Flower and Garden Show this year. You can find them everywhere in the quiet oasis near Heritage Circle. Butterfly sculptures line the roof of the flower shed and are scattered throughout the garden show. You also can see a unique butterfly cage inside the flower shed that represents the view from your kitchen window with dozens of butterflies inside the cage.
One of the neatest attractions is Suzanne the Butterfly Lady. Suzanne, a former teacher and butterfly enthusiast, will provide information on growing a butterfly garden, caring for butterflies and other information in the garden area today through Saturday. If you’ve never seen a butterfly up-close, you should stop by the demonstration and hold one in your hands. I did last weekend, and learned you actually can pick up butterflies by their wings.
Each day, Suzanne will release a flutter of butterflies at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. According to Suzanne, the butterflies should stay in the garden area after the release. So, don’t worry if you miss the release, you should be able to see other butterflies in and around the garden area.
This is the last weekend, and traditionally busiest weekend, of the fair. Remember, you can avoid lines at the ticket booths by purchasing your tickets in advance. Ticket and other State Fair information is available at www.ncstatefair.org.