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"Wings of Fancy" Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit

  • Brookside Garden Conservatory

    1500 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD (map)

    39.059350 -77.034888

  • I'll be the tall guy wearing a Meetup button!
  • Group sessions are strictly limited to 10 people or less and last one hour.  I will be applying for a permit for the group but won't get a response for a few weeks. 

    Due to strict attendance limits, any guests may need to pretend they are not part of the main group while inside the conservatory.

    The admission charge is $6.00 per person collected by the park.

    Note they do not allow tripods; however, monopods and flash are allowed.

    Let's meet between 10 and 11 and plan to start our session at 11.  Tim, this was a great idea.  Do you have any more details you can share?

    We will meet at the entrance to the South Conservatory where the "Wings of Fancy" exhibit is held. .  Note this is not the entrance on Heurich.  It is the OTHER entrance past Heurich.  If the entrance road makes a loop that is the wrong entrance.

    Here is a link to the site: 

     http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/wings_of_fancy.shtm

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  • Jim W.

    I have bad news. They cannot accomodate us on Sept 21 or 22. This is the closing weekend for the exhibit and they are expecting very large crowds. I'm working with them to try and pick another date, possibly Sept 15th. I haved also learned that according to their rules, NO photography is allowed in the buttefly exhibit without special arrangements. People may be getting away with it, but technically you can be asked to leave at any time if anyone notices. As always, your mileage may vary. Stay tuned.

    August 9, 2013

  • Marcus M.

    I was there this past weekend, this is a great place for nature and landscape photography. I got some really good shots. The place is pretty laid back, but stay in small groups and you shouldn't have any problems.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Timothy B.

    Speedlites are allowed. You are able to take a tripod into the Butterfly Conservatory, but you can't open it up IE. monopod. You are also able to go in and out of the Butterfly Conservatory as often as you like. They stamp you hand for readmissions. They are bird feeders at the nature center outside of the conservatory which draw many different types of birds. The grounds are big so we should be able to walk around inconspicuous.

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Jim W.

      Thanks Tim! Your idea for visiting here is terrific, I like it a lot. It will be nice to see you again.

      August 8, 2013

  • Courtney

    You go into the main building to pay and then you have to walk over to the butterfly exhibit. It's not very big at all. There is one entrance and one exit. You have to wait in a small holding area until the docent allows you in. The space can hold about 15-20 people at a time. It's really hot in there so it may make sense for just a few people go in at a time while others take pictures on the grounds outside. I'd recommend getting there earlier rather than later as the Gardens are very popular on the weekend and the exhibit is also very popular. Tickets are good for re-entry all day, so you can go in and out of the exhibit.

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Jim W.

      Thanks for the great information Courtney. Looking forward to seeing you there!

      August 8, 2013

  • Jim W.

    Thanks for the terrific and fast response. This great idea is from Tim Banks who is also joining us. We're almost full already, but if more people are interested we can try to set up a second session either later in the day or on another weekend. I notice this is the last weekend of the exhibit so if we pick another day it will need to be earlier in the month.

    August 8, 2013

  • Courtney

    I'll be there

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This seems awesome! It's hard to find and capture beautiful butterflies in the open.. any reason for not allowing tripods, though?

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Courtney

      It's really small and there is only one path that goes around. Tripods would get in the way. You don't really need them. The butterflies move around a great deal and you need a fast shutter speed to take the pictures.

      1 · August 8, 2013

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