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.
Butterflies are among Nature’s most beautiful and vulnerable creatures, put at grave risk by the thoughtless actions of mankind. Butterflies are also a powerful symbol of transformation, and have been viewed by many cultures as representing the human soul. Bound by Beauty uses the power of the butterfly to transform ourselves into people who nurture the world around us, who work with neighbors to create a community with strong bonds, people filled with determination to heal the damage we have done, to safeguard our children’s drinking water, to create a healthy and resilient world full of beautiful butterflies. We are shaking off the spell cast by “business as usual” and “there’s nothing we can do”, and becoming mindful inhabitants of our glorious planet, and good neighbors to all that surrounds us.
Bound by Beauty was borne aloft by a Flutter Fete, a gathering in a historic home of kindred spirits and creative energy, for cocktails, conversation, and collaboration. Maria Font of mariafontphotography.com took the wonderful photos of the happy event. Kudos to Pete Gonzalez for inventing The Social Butterfly, a delectable cocktail featuring Passion fruit juice, to celebrate our connection with the butterflies who lay their eggs on the Passion vine. Come find our booth at the Green Day fair here in beautiful Miami Shores on October 22. And look for more wonderful events to come, in a garden or on a block near you!
Mary Benton, Founder and President, Bound by Beauty
Connect, Educate, Transform, and Replicate