Home Grown Cellars in Madera opens butterfly sanctuary

The Fresno BeeMay 7, 2014 

Home Grown Cellars is all aflutter as butterfly season kicks off this weekend. The family-owned pomegranate farm — at 13702 Road 20 in Madera — opens its Butterfly Sanctuary on Saturday.

The 3,000 square-foot sanctuary is home to hundreds of butterflies — from monarchs and painted ladies to morning cloaks and red admirals. Visitors can view the fluttering from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. The sanctuary is open until June 1.

Owners Alex and Jackie Lehman opened the butterfly sanctuary in 2011 and typically keep it open for several weeks starting in mid-May.

The sanctuary is an added part of the farm's ag-tourism appeal. Visitors can also visit an on-site store where a full array of pomegranate products are available — soaps and oils, jellies and a popular pomegranate honey. All of the products originate on the farm.

Details: (559) 664-8599 or homegrowncellars.com.

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