For a week now, many visitors have walked in with curiosity and left in awe as they’ve watched more than 200 Monarch butterflies soar inside the newly re-opened seasonal sanctuary at Home Grown Cellars. One of several exhibits and activities on the Madera farm on the northwestern outskirts of the city, the butterfly sanctuary is only open twice a year, for several weeks at a time and during limited hours.
The family-owned and operated greenhouse in which the fluttering insects live also features plants, flowers, a brick trail and benches where patrons may sit.
Just outside its stained glass doors, a small store sells souvenirs and also showcases chrysalises, which is the stage when butterflies are enclosed in hard cases undergoing metamorphosis.
Kacie Lehman attends the store, greets patrons and educates them about the Monarch butterfly’s life cycle. On Saturday, she welcomed adults and children and encouraged them to sit and watch the butterflies emerging...