This self-guided tour takes you through both our garden greenhouse and outdoor garden path.
In the garden greenhouse you will see many different native Costa Rican butterflies flying around in the lush tropical garden setting. Small black and red butterflies, called the Postman butterfly, will flutter past you as they move from flower to flower in search for more nectar.
The white and black striped Zebra Longwing butterflies will also gather on the flowers, like that of the little red flowers of the bottleneck plant, as they too drink up nectar. The striking yellow and black King’s swallowtail butterfly will stop at the little purple butterfly weed flowers and gather nectar as its wings flutter in constant motion, like a hummingbird.
The stunning blue morpho butterfly, the iconic butterfly of Costa Rica, will slowly glide past you as they make their never-ending loops around the garden.
Scattered around the garden are plates of bananas, the food source for our jungle dwelling butterfly species, like the blue morpho or the malachite butterflies, aptly named for the malachite green color of their wings. At the back of our garden greenhouse, we have 2 little “houses” for all the chrysalises of the butterflies in our garden greenhouse.
You will get an up-close view of many different types of chrysalises as well as possibly see some newborn butterflies still clinging to their empty chrysalis as they wait for their wings to fully expand and dry.
In different black pots around the greenhouse, we have host plants for a couple of the butterfly species. On these host plants you will see butterfly eggs and caterpillars, giving you the ability to see each of the 4 stages of the butterfly’s life all within the beautiful and peaceful setting of the garden greenhouse.
After you finish your tour of the garden greenhouse, you can walk the path of our outdoor garden loop, giving you the chance to see some of Costa Rica’s abundant wildlife, from wild butterflies, to hummingbirds, to iguanas and even monkeys!
This self-guided tour is available anytime during open hours.