Set 150,000 ladybugs free!

Children and their parents are invited to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM for the third annual Ladybug Release. Hundreds of children, encouraged to come in ladybug costumes, are expected to take part as each family receives a container with several hundred ladybug inside. The children let them fly free throughout the 60-acre gardens when a red Volkswagen beetle, made up to look like a giant ladybug, will arrive and signal the start of the release at approximately 10:00 AM.

Ladybugs are natural predators to harmful small insects. The night before, they will be held in a cool place so that they will be less active when they are released, won’t fly away quickly, and will easily take to their surroundings.

In addition to the release, the event will include a costume contest, face painting, story telling, interactive demonstrations, and many nature and educational and nature displays. Admission will be $15 for adults, $10 for children ages six to 12, and free for ages five and younger.

Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Magnolia Plantation and Gardens one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens”. It is also America’s and the Lowcountry’s oldest public gardens with thousands of beautiful flowers and plants.