Bound by Beauty has been busy as….well, butterflies in the last couple of weeks! We are working with a small group of parents and teachers at the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church preschool to design a butterfly garden that will be part of a larger Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) for children of all ages at the school. The butterfly garden will be filled with a variety of colorful nectar and host plants that will entice butterflies to bring their beauty and wonder to the children. Most of the plants are native to South Florida, and they are all drought-resistant — a primary consideration in an area without an irrigation system. We will plant Seashore Ageratum (Ageratum littorale), Pineland lantana (Lantana depressa), Beach verbena (Glandularia maritima), Wild petunia (Ruellia caroliniana), Scorpion’s tail (Heliotropium angiospermum), Corkystem passion vine (Passiflora suberosa), Maypop passion vine (Passiflora incarnata), Bahama senna (Senna mexicana var. chapmanii), Coontie (Zamia pumila), among others. Non-natives include Plumbago (beautiful blue flowers that is a host plant for the tiny and beautiful Cassius Blue butterfly), and Chaya, also referred to as Mexican Spinach, which sends white flowers skyward and attracts many South Florida butterflies to its nectar. Take a look at the photo of the current playground. Now, close your eyes, and imagine a flower-filled garden buzzing with happy kids filled with wonder and awe and questions and answers, all inspired by beautiful butterflies. Planting day is November 19th.