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Butterfly Release Donation

What is a Butterfly Release?

It is a unique way to recognize a special person by honoring them, or it can also provide a way for family and friends to memorialize their loved ones. The release itself is a symbolic gesture in which the donors can recognize the person of their choice, all while helping to support the Purdy Butterfly House and the Nature Center through donations.

Susan Goodman has created a lovely watercolor collage of butterflies just for the Garden to use for this program. The cost is $40 per butterfly release, and there are five beautiful prints in the series. The Garden will send a beautiful 8 x 10-inch, suitable for framing, butterfly print to the person you designate, with a card naming the donor. Family Garden Memberships may be purchased as well, allowing the families to enjoy the butterflies when they are in season.

A framed set of the original four butterfly prints may be purchased for a donation of $500. This set is available in the Shoppe at the Garden.

Making a Butterfly Release Donation is simple…

  • Download the Butterfly Release Form (click here) and email the form to
  • Each Butterfly Release donation is $40; prints are unframed

    • Payment may be made by check. Please mail payment and form to:
      Huntsville Botanical Garden
      Attention: Donations
      4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
      Huntsville, AL 35805
    • Payment may be made by phone: 256-830-4447 ext. 242
    • Payment may be made online via PayPal

Please include the following information with your donation:

    1) Indicate whether it is a memorial or honorarium

    2) The name of the person whom the donation is being made in memory of/in honor of

    3) Family name and address where the butterfly print and card should be sent

    4) Indicate your choice of butterfly print to be sent

    5) Name and address where an acknowledgement to (person giving donation) should be sent

    6) Daytime phone number and email of donor in case additional information is needed

Butterflies may be viewed in the John and Tine Purdy Butterfly House May through September.


Did you know?

  • Butterflies are released in the Purdy Butterfly House from May-September each year.
  • Last year approximately 9,000 butterflies were released at Huntsville Botanical Garden.