A visit to the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat is a favorite local Hilton Head Island activity. This greenhouse garden is populated with native butterflies from May through October. The butterfly exhibit is filled with nectar plants to feed the butterflies, and host plants where butterflies lay their eggs and caterpillars feed. Informational panels throughout the butterfly enclosure enhance the visitor experience, detail the natural history of these insects and, explain how to attract them to your yard. Visitors learn about the four stages of the butterfly’s life cycle from butterfly eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises, to adult butterflies. Guided tours of the butterfly enclosure are offered during the butterfly season (May through October).
Learn all about insect-eating plants with a visit to the Museum’s Carnivorous Plant Bog Garden. The Garden displays three different kinds of carnivorous plants found in the Lowcountry. Did you know that the Venus Fly Trap is a native plant to South Carolina? Sundews and several species of Pitcher plants are featured in this garden. Each of these plants traps insects with a unique method. Along with a visit to the Camellia Garden, this unique attraction should be among your Hilton Head Island activities and learning experiences.
The Coastal Discovery Museum’s Heritage Garden features more than 30 plant species that have historical relevance to the Lowcountry. From plants used by Lowcountry Native Americans to crops grown by Gullah islanders after the Civil War, this garden provides historical information and natural history of the plants that helped people survive in the coastal environment of the barrier islands. If you love gardens, this should be on your list of things to do on Hilton Head Island.
The Camellia Garden offers 131 varieties of camellia plants on display. The colorful Camellias are close relatives of the tea plant and originated in Asia where they were domesticated and bred for their beautiful flowers.
The Camellia Garden at the Coastal Discovery Museum has examples of the different flower types, color variety and sizes that can be found in camellias. Some varieties on display were even created in the Lowcountry. All plants are identified with labels and photos of their blooms. The best times to visit this garden are the fall, winter and spring seasons when camellias are blooming on Hilton Head Island. The garden was added to the American Camellia Society’s Trail in 2016.