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A monarch butterfly looks for nectar in sunflowers at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park.

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A monarch butterfly looks for nectar in sunflowers at Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park.

About 250 Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies will take flight today as grade 1 and 2 students from Arborg School will release the beautiful creatures at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The butterflies will be released in the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden at 11 a.m.

Today is the inaugural Canada's Garden Day which will be marked by the students' participation in the release of the butterflies. Some tropical species will also be included in the release.

Visitors are reminded that the main entrance of the zoo is now at 2595 Roblin Blvd.

"We’re very excited to be a part of Canada’s Garden Day activities taking place across the country today," Gerald Dieleman, Director of Horticulture for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, said in a statement. "In addition to the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden, Assiniboine Park is home to nine outdoor gardens and this initiative is a wonderful way to encourage people to explore and visit them, today and throughout the rest of the season."

Canada’s Garden Day, organized by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council, is being celebrated in public and botanical gardens throughout the country today.

By holding the special day, the Canadian Garden Tourism Council is also encouraging Canadians to share in a garden experience by heading outside to enjoy their own gardens, nearby community gardens or a garden destination.

Today is also the launch of Canada’s Garden Route Tour Contest. Visitors to the gardens at Assiniboine Park can enter for a chance to win a round trip for two people in VIA First Class to Toronto for the Canada Blooms flower and garden festival in March 2014. Ballot boxes can be found in the following locations: Pavilion Gallery Museum, Conservatory and the Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden inside the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

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Updated on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 9:51 AM CDT: Added picture

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