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Meijer Gardens prepares for butterfly exhibit

Tuesday - 2/19/2013, 9:08am  ET

Lucy Grover, lead indoor horticulturalist hangs cocoons so they can hatch into butterflies Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture park in Grand Rapids, Mich. The 18th annual Butterflies are Blooming exhibit opens March 1. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press,Sally Finneran ) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids is getting ready to open its 18th annual "Butterflies Are Blooming" exhibit.

The event at the West Michigan attraction opens to the public March 1 and media recently got a sneak peak at butterflies in their chrysalis form.

Meijer Gardens is getting deliveries of hundreds of chrysalides a week. They first will be placed in the Butterfly Bungalow. After emerging as butterflies they're released into the five-story Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory to fly for the popular display.

"Butterflies Are Blooming" typically draws nearly 150,000 visitors. The exhibit runs through April 30.


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