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BugFeast goes Southwest for March Break 2019

In News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

March Break is in two weeks, and that means BUGFEAST®! If you’ve never heard of it, BugFEAST® (not FEST) is exactly what the name suggests. With help from our sponsors over at EntomoFarms, we’re feasting on bugs! This year BugFeast® is going Southwest (bugs are the new brisket!) and we're serving up some Tex-Mex inspired recipes: BBQ Roasted Crickets Dulce ...
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Overwintering Monarch Numbers

In News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Last week's release of the numbers of overwintering Monarchs in Mexico brought hope to Monarch butterfly enthusiasts. Certainly any numbers that are higher than the previous year, which was one of the lowest on record, seems a step in the right direction. Many of us did notice a good amount of Monarchs throughout last spring and summer, but some people ...
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The Art of Butterflies

In Events by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Silence, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, and nik harron, in partnership with Guelph Destination Animation Project, present “The Art of Butterflies,” on Saturday, August 25, 11 AM – 5 PM. The project is a free, full-day family event at Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph! The Art of Butterflies will be featuring workshops, presentations, an art exhibition for adults and children, live butterflies, …

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The Famous Blue Morpho

In Butterfly of the Month by Andalyne Tofflemire

The Famous Blue Morpho There’s nothing quite as mystical as strolling through a tropical garden and having an iridescent purple-blue butterfly gracefully sail past you. Blue Morpho butterflies have been fascinating to cultures for 100’s of years, and they continue to fascinate us today. Normally you’d have to travel to Central and South America to see this amazing group of …

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The Conservatory: A Photographer’s Dream

In Conservatory by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

“Can I take pictures inside the Conservatory?” YES – absolutely yes! Some of the best photos we’ve ever seen have been taken by our guests inside the Conservatory. Thanks to Instagram and Facebook, we’ve been able to connect with some very talented people and are honoured to share their work. They’ve been kind enough to tell us a bit about …

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The Hort Report – May 2018

In Conservatory by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

To Till or Not to Till – Disturbing the World Wide Web As gardeners prepare the plot of land destined to support vegetables over the next few months or so, there is some controversy as to whether to till the soil. There are two trains of thought as to the proper gardening method. Here are some issues to consider. To …

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The Hort Report – April 2018

In Conservatory by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

5 Tips for Seed Starting As we wait for nature’s palette to reveal itself from under the frozen ground, we can create our own palette by starting seeds indoors.  The seed catalogues are full of magnificent colours of thriving, healthy plants but sometimes the hope that we carefully nurture in the cell packs never comes to fruition.  While reading the …

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Styled Wedding Shoot: Geometric Shapes and Natural Tones

In News, Weddings and Events by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

If you’ve visited the Conservatory lately you might notice that the dining room looks a little bit different these days. We removed counters and partitions in favour of a more open, airy space, increasing our capacity for a seated reception to 150 guests. We added a brick accent wall, two industrial-chic chandeliers and some neutral paint tones, transforming our space …

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Tales of a BugFeast Intern: I Ate a Bug and I Liked It

In Events by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Author: Marcel Cormier   We’ve all accidentally eaten bugs before – that time casually riding your bike on a mid-summer’s day and you rode right through a swarm of gnats, swallowing what felt like thousands of little bugs. Or, that time you swallowed 3 spiders while you were sleeping (that’s a legitimate fact, right?)   Well this time I ate …

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Hort Report – February 2018

In Conservatory, Horticulture, News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Shinrin-Yoku: the therapeutic practice of ‘forest bathing’ Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of ‘forest bathing’, has roots in many cultures, but it was first identified and recognized as a form of therapeutic healing by the Japanese. In 1982, forest bathing was introduced as a Japanese public health program recognizing a true, meaningful appreciation of nature and its role in humanity.   It …