Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory -
Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens, Ontario Canada
The grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens is now home to one of North America's largest collections of free flying butterflies. The brand new Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory opened its doors to the public on Saturday December 14, 1996. This year round exhibit showcases a wide variety of butterflies from around the world living in a lush, rain forest environment. A 183 metre (600 ft.) network of pathways with access for the physically challenged will wind through the 1022 square metre (11000 square foot) conservatory, allowing visitors a rare opportunity to watch numerous species of butterflies floating majestically among nectare producing flowers such as lantanas, pentas, and passion flowers.
The number of butterflies will fluctuate throughout the year according to the conservatory's breeding program. However, the goal is to have at least 2000 butterflies on display. Ecological themes will complement the conservatory's environmentally sensitive surrounds and pesticides will not be used.
Learn more about the new Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory at the link, Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
Sonnenberg Conservatory - Sonnenberg Gardens
Canandaigua, New York
Your tour of Sonnenberg Gardens begins with the historic Lord and Burnham Conservatory complex. Built between 1903 and 1915, the conservatory complex is considered one of the most important residential greenhouse complexes in the United States, and includes the domed Palm House plus several other display houses featuring orchids, begonias, and other tropical plants.
Learn more about the Sonnenberg Conservatory at the link, Sonnenberg Conservatory
Montréal, Quebec Canada
An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Biodôme recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas.
Inaugurated in June 1992, the Montréal Biodôme is the only environmental museum of its kind. The thousands of plants and small animals populating this unusual facility do not live in the traditional exhibits areas we have come to expect from aquariums, botanical gardens or zoos. Rather, they thrive in an environment that recreates their own natural habitats. As a result, visitors are treated to a voyage of discovery through four of the most outstanding ecosystems of the Americas.
For more information and a look inside, you can visit the Biodôme web site at Le Biodôme de Montréal