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5537 Centerville Road (intersection of Longhill and Centerville Roads)

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Our mission is to enhance the life of residents and visitors by promoting beautiful gardens for the enjoyment of plants and the environment through year-round educational and recreational programs.


Although Williamsburg Botanical Garden is a Public Garden, Wedding Ceremonies of any size and Portrait Photography of any kind requires scheduling and a permit with fees paid thirty days prior to the event For additional information refer to WilliamsburgBotanicalGarden.org or email us at wbg.weddings.events@gmail.com



Second Annual Butterfly Festival!

It is with great excitement that Williamsburg Botanical Garden offers to our community the Second Annual Butterfly Festival!  It will be held at the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens at Freedom Park on the weekend of August 6th and 7th, from 9:00-5:00 each day. Funding for this program has been made possible through the generous support of the Green Spring Garden Club, Inc.  This festival has several parts, but the main and most exciting focus will be two butterfly tents with over 350 butterflies enjoying those hot August days. These tents and butterflies, provided by Virginia Master Naturalist Catherine Short, will provide a wonderful opportunity for families to see hundreds of native butterflies up close.  Besides enjoying the wonder of these beautiful butterflies, kids of all ages will enjoy our sessions on butterfly crafts.  In addition, educational programs for families, children, and adults will be offered throughout the two days. Admission is free but a donation to the Williamsburg Botanical Garden at Freedom Park will help the Garden grow.  For more information, head to our Facebook page or www.williamsburgbotanicalgarden.org.   Please come join us as we celebrate summer with our beautiful native butterflies!     
Monarch

Monarch


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT THE BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL
August 6 and 7, 2016

ADULT PROGRAMS:
SATURDAY
• 11:00 -11:30 Barb Dunbar – The Life Cycle of the Butterfly
• 1:00-1:30 Barb Dunbar – How to Create a Monarch Waystation
• 2:00-2:30 Helen Hamilton – A Tour of the Botanical Garden from the Eyes of a Butterfly
• 3:00-3:30 Joni Carlson – Raising Monarch Butterflies
SUNDAY
• 11:00 -11:30 Adrienne Frank and Gary Driscole – Butterflies and the Plants They Need
• 1:00-1:30 Helen Hamilton – A Tour of the Botanical Garden from the Eyes of a Butterfly
• 3:00-3:30 Joni Carlson – Raising Monarch Butterflies

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:
SATURDAY and SUNDAY
• FACEPAINTING SCHEDULE TBD
• 9:30-10:00 Chrysalis Pyramids – Take home your own chrysalis and watch your butterfly hatch
• 10:00 -10:30 Footprint Butterflies – Make a butterfly using your own foot and paint
• 10:30-11:00 Chrysalis Pyramids – Take home your own chrysalis and watch your butterfly hatch
• 11:30-12:00 Books and Butterflies – The Very Hungry Caterpillar book reading followed by life cycle paper plate activity
• 12:00-12:30 Chrysalis Pyramids – Take home your own chrysalis and watch your butterfly hatch
• 12:30-1:00 Egg Crate Caterpillars – Make a caterpillar using your craft skills and an egg carton
• 1:30-2:00 Chrysalis Pyramids – Take home your own chrysalis and watch your butterfly hatch
• 2:00-2:30 Footprint Butterflies – Make a butterfly using your own foot and paint
• 2:30-3:00 Chrysalis Pyramids – Take home your own chrysalis and watch your butterfly hatch
• 3:30-4:00 Books and Butterflies – The Very Hungry Caterpillar book reading followed by life cycle paper plate activity
• 4:00-4:30 Footprint Butterflies – Make a butterfly using your own foot and paint
• 4:30-5:00 Egg Crate Caterpillars – Make a caterpillar using your craft skills and an egg carton


REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS

Hi Friends,

It is with great excitement that the Williamsburg Botanical Garden will once again offer to our community a Butterfly Festival at the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens at Freedom Park on August 6th and 7th, sponsored by Green Spring Garden Club, Inc. This festival has several parts, but the main and most exciting focus will be not one but TWO butterfly tents, with a total of over 300 butterflies enjoying those hot August days. We will also offer craft activities for children as well as educational programs for adults throughout the two days.

In order to make this happen, we need to enlist lots and lots volunteers and so we’re appealing to you.  Our volunteers fit into three categories….

  • Set-up/take-down volunteers – These folks help out with the set up at 10:00 Friday morning for about 3 hours. We especially want strong, tall folks who can lift things up high!!! We’ll also need volunteers to help take down one tent Sunday afternoon after the butterfly release at 4:30. Then on Monday morning we’ll take down the second tent around 11:15, after the Freedom Park nature camp kids have had a chance to walk through
  • Volunteers in the tents – These folks stand inside the tent and help folks to hold butterflies, take photos, ‘dust’ the folks who are exiting, and hand out nectar sticks as folks enter. They also answer all the butterfly questions (or find a volunteer who can).
  • Volunteers to help with children’s crafts – These folks help children and their families make chrysalis pyramids, egg carton caterpillars, footprint butterflies, and you may even want to be the one reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. All these crafts will be taught to you, so don’t worry—it’s not as intimidating as it sounds.

Because we have two tents and a lot of speakers and kids’ crafts, we need even more volunteers than last year. So if you’d be willing to give us two hours on Saturday or Sunday, August 6th or 7th (or both!!!),we’d be very grateful.

Shifts:             Friday August 5th:             10:00-1:00 Tents set-up, six folks needed

Saturday August 6th:            9:00-11:00; 11:00-1:00, 1:00-3:00, 3:00-5:00 eight folks needed per shift

Sunday, August 7th:             9:00-11:00; 11:00-1:00, 1:00-3:00, 3:00-4:30 eight folks needed per shift

Sunday, August 7th:             4:30-5:30 First tent take-down, six folks needed

Monday, August 8th:            11:15-12:15 Final tent take-down, six folks needed

To make sure every volunteer is comfortable with her or his job, we’ll be having a training session at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center on Tuesday night, August 2nd, from 6:30-8:30. Not only will we be serving light dessert refreshments, but we’ll also be teaching you everything you need to know about the children’s crafts and the butterflies we’ll be enjoying at the Festival.

If you (or your family or your neighbors) are willing to help us with this, please email Judy Jones at jjones184@cox.net. Let her know which day, what time, and whether you have a preference for working with the set-up/take down, the crafts, or in the butterfly tents. We are so happy to have your help and can’t thank you enough for helping us to make the 2016 Butterfly Festival happen for our community.

Many thanks from your Butterfly Festival Committee at Williamsburg Botanical Garden


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