Project Name: Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden
Location: Konya, Turkey
Tropical Butterfly Garden was officially opened on 3rd of July 2015 in Selcuklu, Konya, Turkey. The butterfly garden is situated in one of Selcuklu Municipality’s community park. Selcuklu is a historical and religious city and sits at an altitude of around 1000 metres above sea level, popular for the Whirling Dervishes and the tomb of Rumi. The temperature in this city can go as low as -20 degree Celcius.
The volume of the butterfly garden is estimated to be around 20,000 cubic metres with an area of 1,600 square metres. A plant nursery of 400 square metres is designed to stay attached to the butterfly garden for fast and easy maintenance. Some of the nectar plants in the garden are Calliandra emarginata, Antigonon leptopus and Cuphea hyssopifolia.
The covered area is a total of 3,600 square metres and the total build-up area is 7,000 square metres. Besides having a butterfly garden and plants nursery, its other public facilities include a modern indoor museum, a souvenir shop cum cafe, an underground walkway and a multipurpose hall.
The project costs around USD 10 million while it took around 3 years to design and construct. It will eventually be displaying more than 60 species of butterflies from Malaysia and Costa Rica. About 2000 adult butterflies are released every week into the temperature controlled garden to maintain a healthy population of 4000 to 5000 butterflies.
Beyond the garden, visitors can walk into a modern-style museum that displays more than 1000 insect specimens. One of the attractions is the Insect Village, which houses five orders of insects in separate chambers: Hymenoptera, Odonata, Coleoptera, Mantodea and Phasmida. The butterfly life-cycle exhibit, butterfly behaviour exhibit and the cinema are some of the indoor crowd pullers.
The Tropical Butterfly Garden was conceptualized and designed by Mr Joseph Goh of Entopia Consulting. The butterfly garden is also recognized as a green building with a certification of LEED Silver in 2015.