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Virginia Living Museum Welcomes Fall With Butterflies And Native Plants

NEWPORT NEWS—The Virginia Living Museum invites the public to celebrate fall’s arrival at their new Butterfly Haven, a seasonal butterfly and moth exhibit where visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of Virginia’s native species of butterflies and moths, displayed among a variety of their native host plants in the exciting new exhibit. To further support native butterflies, moths, and other wildlife, visitors are also invited to participate in the Museum’s Fall Native Plant Sale in September.

The museum’s Butterfly Haven connects visitors to native butterflies and moths to inspire conservation of these fantastic animals. The museum has actively participated in butterfly conservation efforts by tagging and releasing monarchs for more than 30 years through many programs such as Monarch SAFE, Monarch Watch, the NABA Butterfly Count, and more. 

Butterfly Haven is located alongside VLM’s outdoor Virginia Garden by the Wason Education Center and is open daily 9am–5pm through early October 2021.

Native host plants are an important part of butterfly and moth survival. For those who feel inspired or want to add some native flair to their gardens, the Virginia Living Museum’s Fall Native Plant Sale will occur in September. 

For the 35th year, the museum will offer unique plant species for sale, including native Virginia Living Museum nursery-propagated perennials, vines, shrubs, and trees for local yard and gardens. The plant sale will be both online and onsite. The onsite public sale will be held over two weekends, September 18–19 and 25–26 from 9am to 4:30pm. The sale will be held on the Museum’s Conservation Garden Lawn and is free to the public.

Museum members can participate in online sales beginning Monday September 13 or enjoy the first pick of plants during the onsite member preview on Thursday, September 16 from 4 to 6pm. Online sales to the general public begin Friday, September 17. All online sales will end at 5pm on Thursday, September 23. Plant pick-up for online sales is Saturday, September 25 and/or Sunday, September 26 between 10am and 3pm. Visit the Virginia Living Museum website: https://thevlm.org/events/shop-now/ for online sales.

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