Butterflies Released at Assiniboine Park Zoo

Painted Lady ButterflyStudents from Arborg School released 250 monarch and painted lady butterflies at Assiniboine Park Zoo on Friday.

To celebrate Canada’s Garden Day, the Grade 1 and 2 students released the butterflies and other tropical species in the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden.

“We’re very excited to be a part of Canada’s Garden Day activities taking place across the country today,” said Gerald Dieleman, director of horticulture for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

“In addition to the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden, Assiniboine Park is home to nine outdoor gardens and this initiative is a wonderful way to encourage people to explore and visit them, today and throughout the rest of the season.”

The inaugural Canada’s Garden Day — organized by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council — is being celebrated in public and botanical gardens throughout the country today with a variety of activities for garden enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists.

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