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Liangy Calli of Bound by Beauty working with Village Manager Esmond Scott to create the outline of the circle using pink lawn flags stamped with butterflies. Assistant Village Manager Tanya Wilson and Recreation Director Angie Dorney await their turns to help

The first step in creating a Butterfly Circle is identifying the wild plants in the grass that host butterflies. We are working on a field guide to help teachers, students, parents, and nature lovers do just that! Here’s a sneak peek:

Marking their location is next. We use hot pink flags stamped with butterflies because we can’t help ourselves!

Now that you know where the plants are, you can figure out the best size and placement of the Circle.

We used pink lawn flags to mark the circumference of the circle, which was measured out by a bamboo stake in the center and a 5’ length of string to create a 10’ diameter circle.  Since this is in a public park, we centered the circle between two sidewalks to look nice.

You don’t really “need” any of these tools, other than the field guide to help you identify the plants.  Although we have to admit our Butterfly Circle signs are gorgeous.  They were designed by artist and graphic designer Melanie Oliva based on the gorgeous paintings Bound by Beauty commissioned by artist Kim Heise.

Tools and beautiful signs aside, it was great fun creating the Circle together with a group of people who want the best for our wonderful community.  Many thanks to Mayor Sandra Harris for supporting this project, and to Village Manager Esmond Scott; Assistant Village Manager Tanya Wilson; Recreation Director Angie Dorney; Recreation Superintendent Jackie Villagran; Assistant Public Works Director Frank Ruiz; members of Bound by Beauty’s board, and of the Rebel Botanists’ Gang for coming out on a bright sunny day to help create a biodiverse and sustainable sanctuary for butterflies and other pollinators.  How beautiful and important is that?

The Butterfly Circle may not look like much now, but as the wild plants within the circle begin to grow, unmolested by mowers and weed whackers, and begin to attract more and more butterflies and other important native insects, it will become a beautiful biodiverse sanctuary full of life, promise, and opportunities for education.

And we’re just getting started: stay tuned for more Butterfly Circles!

By Xavier DeRoos of Renuable
And Mary Benton of Bound by Beauty

Many of us have seen the movie ‘Don’t Look Up’ and understand its message about the perils of ignoring climate change. Even if you haven’t seen it, you have likely heard about the terrible fires in Colorado, California and other parts of the west, or the flooding or the tornadoes or the high temperatures in the Arctic. And you are likely to have experienced out-of-the-ordinary weather in your neck of the woods. It’s awful, terrible, scary…right? And there’s nothing you can do about it…right?

We’re here to tell you that there is something you can do about it, and you can save money while helping save the world: you can compost your kitchen and yard waste trash instead of sending it off to the landfillComposting is the natural process of breaking down organic matter into a nutrient-rich soil amendment that can make your plants happy, fight climate change, reduce landfill waste and therefore greenhouse gases, and reduce the need for artificial fertilizer application on plants.

Renüable believes the whole world should aim to be more sustainable.  And Bound by Beauty believes that what we do in our own backyards can make a world of difference in fighting climate change.  So we teamed up to present a webinar on composting in which Xavier explains the ins and outs of about the process to help ensure its success.

Starting to compost, improving your composting operation, or joining a community composting program is a win all around for you, your garden, and the planet.  Click on the link below to see Xavier's presentation.  And thank you for wanting to be part of the solution!

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