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About US

Bound by Beauty is a nonprofit organization started by volunteers who recognize the transformational power of butterflies when used as a positive proxy for combating climate change.

OUR Vision

The creation of a stronger, more resilient, and sustainable region in the face of climate change and sea-level rise.

OUR MISSION

To transform how we interact with nature and with neighbors to create a more beautiful, resilient and sustainable community, using butterflies as the catalyst for change.

OUR MOTTO

Connect, Educate, Transform, Replicate

we are passionate

At Bound by Beauty, we are passionate about pollinators and about conserving the important biodiversity that our lives depend on. We want our children’s and grandchildren’s futures to be full of the beauty of butterflies and birdsong, the magic of migration and metamorphosis.

we can fight climate change together

To achieve this, we work to create paradigm shifts in what people believe and how they act. We believe that butterflies and the process of metamorphosis have the power to transform the apathetic mindsets of “business as usual” and “there is nothing we can do about climate change.” Climate change is a scary existential concept, and fighting it seems an impossible task for many. But people want to do something positive. Saving butterflies is a powerfully positive proxy for combatting climate change.

What else can achieve the following paradigm shifts?

transform
A cloud of butterflies transformed a young woman’s face from grief-stricken into awestruck in the blink of an eye.
convince
Another cloud of butterflies convinced a neighbor to stop using Roundup, after resisting despite the fact that his dog developed a cancer associated with the product.
watch
Watching the process of metamorphosis transformed a nonagenarian from a “glass half empty” into a “glass half full” person.

INSPIRE

Seeing a butterfly drinking nectar from a flower they planted for them transforms people into nurturers of nature, setting in motion a cascade of positive effects, from individuals stopping the use of toxic chemicals, to inspiring neighbors to carve up their lawns to create sanctuaries for native plants and wildlife, to transforming communities through the power of example and the magic of social media.
Learn how you can start in your own garden to create a better future, and feel the joy, awe and wonder we experience on a daily basis.
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Testimonials

  • My traditional SFL garden of orchids, palms, bromeliads, cycads and aroids has been transformed over the years to highlight native plants that benefit butterflies, birds and bees, thanks to the inspiration of Bound by Beauty. I've always valued conservation, as seen in our national parks, but didn't realize how important and joyful it is to be part of this same conservation in my own yard.
    Carol E.
    Bound by Beauty helped us shift our perspective on our garden as a habitat & ecosystem. Since we do not use chemicals we often get what some people consider to be “weeds” like Bidens Alba and “pests” like aphids. BbB taught us that native plants like Bidens alba feed butterfly caterpillars and pollinators and that aphids when left alone invite in native predators like hoverflies and ladybugs, and the more biodiversity the better. Our planet is at such risk and every green space can be part of the solution. Thanks BbB for all you do!
    Avra A.
  • I started planting native plants 23 year ago but I had never planted many flowers to attract pollinators until I learned from Bound by Beauty. Now I have many types of pollinators to add to my many native shrubs and trees. I also didn't know about the Atala butterfly and since I had many coonties I was able to establish them in my garden. Now I have many butterflies of different types, bees and many birds enjoying my wonderful garden.
    Ed L.
    Throughout the pandemic one of the things kept me sane-and even joyful- has been my garden. And I have Bound by Beauty to thank for that! Prior to discovering the wonders of native gardening and nurturing butterflies, my yard was a place to do battle with weeds and a struggle just to keep the lawn alive. Now I renew myself among the beautiful creatures that lay their eggs and grow into gorgeous butterflies, all nurtured by the plants that nature intended to be here in the first place! And the wonderful people I’ve met that are now friends has been an added bonus! Thank you BbB for bringing us together and helping to beautify the world around us.
    Karen H-M.
  • Bound by Beauty radically transformed my idea of what is possible in a suburban neighborhood. Creating a wildlife sanctuary and immersing myself in nature as a lifestyle has been my daily tonic. I pinch myself every day. I live in a tropical paradise teaming with butterflies, birds and a kaleidoscope of flowers.
    Jill L.
    I love being part of a community that looks out for one another by sharing crucial information, sharing ideas and concepts that benefit our environment - protecting our pollinators that we so desperately need. BbB has turned my heart green with passion, for a better tomorrow.
    Liangy C.
  • I love nature and Bound by Beauty inspires me to learn more, grow more native plants, and help our pollinators thrive. My garden is a wildlife sanctuary and I have Bound by Beauty to thank for it. It is a win/win for nature and me. Every day my garden brings me joy.
    Susan H.
    What a wonderful wonderful inspiration!

    To opening minds and worlds to the beauty of nature and to teach us all to be better stewards of this extraordinary planet.

    A few humble words of thanks seems so inadequate.
    Lola H.
  • My traditional SFL garden of orchids, palms, bromeliads, cycads and aroids has been transformed over the years to highlight native plants that benefit butterflies, birds and bees, thanks to the inspiration of Bound by Beauty. I've always valued conservation, as seen in our national parks, but didn't realize how important and joyful it is to be part of this same conservation in my own yard.
    Carol E.
  • Bound by Beauty helped us shift our perspective on our garden as a habitat & ecosystem. Since we do not use chemicals we often get what some people consider to be “weeds” like Bidens Alba and “pests” like aphids. BbB taught us that native plants like Bidens alba feed butterfly caterpillars and pollinators and that aphids when left alone invite in native predators like hoverflies and ladybugs, and the more biodiversity the better. Our planet is at such risk and every green space can be part of the solution. Thanks BbB for all you do!
    Avra A.
  • I started planting native plants 23 year ago but I had never planted many flowers to attract pollinators until I learned from Bound by Beauty. Now I have many types of pollinators to add to my many native shrubs and trees. I also didn't know about the Atala butterfly and since I had many coonties I was able to establish them in my garden. Now I have many butterflies of different types, bees and many birds enjoying my wonderful garden.
    Ed L.
  • Throughout the pandemic one of the things kept me sane-and even joyful- has been my garden. And I have Bound by Beauty to thank for that! Prior to discovering the wonders of native gardening and nurturing butterflies, my yard was a place to do battle with weeds and a struggle just to keep the lawn alive. Now I renew myself among the beautiful creatures that lay their eggs and grow into gorgeous butterflies, all nurtured by the plants that nature intended to be here in the first place! And the wonderful people I’ve met that are now friends has been an added bonus! Thank you BbB for bringing us together and helping to beautify the world around us.
    Karen H-M.
  • Bound by Beauty radically transformed my idea of what is possible in a suburban neighborhood. Creating a wildlife sanctuary and immersing myself in nature as a lifestyle has been my daily tonic. I pinch myself every day. I live in a tropical paradise teaming with butterflies, birds and a kaleidoscope of flowers.
    Jill L.
  • I love nature and Bound by Beauty inspires me to learn more, grow more native plants, and help our pollinators thrive. My garden is a wildlife sanctuary and I have Bound by Beauty to thank for it. It is a win/win for nature and me. Every day my garden brings me joy.
    Susan H.
  • What a wonderful wonderful inspiration!

    To opening minds and worlds to the beauty of nature and to teach us all to be better stewards of this extraordinary planet.

    A few humble words of thanks seems so inadequate.
    Lola H.

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