Foster Garden Program
Bound by Beauty works to increase butterfly and pollinator habitats throughout Miami Dade county, and connects those habitats with others through our Foster Garden program. If a host plant is in danger of disappearing under the onslaught of hungry caterpillars, we reach out to our foster gardeners to find other habitats with sufficient food for the caterpillars, thus ensuring the survival of both host plants and caterpillars. We have a very active Atala butterfly program, having found foster gardens for over 2,000 Atala caterpillars since December 2017.
Network of Neighborhood Nurturies
At Bound by Beauty, we work with other gardeners with native plants to harvest and pot up Nature’s treasures, which we then nurture and share with schools and others in the community. Doing so enables us to reduce plant waste that might otherwise go into the landfill and to save money that we would otherwise have to spend buying the plants. Our goal is to create a local database of plants that are available from neighbors, thereby greatly reducing our carbon footprint by buying locally.
Safely Making it to the Circle -- 2018 Public Space Challenge Winner,
Circle Park is the green space inside the historic roundabout at the center of the business district of the City of Miami Springs, locally known as The Circle. What should be an ideal gathering space, is, in fact, unsafe for pedestrian access, because there are zero crosswalks--making access to the park technically illegal. Four lanes of whirling traffic disconnect the park from surrounding businesses and scenic paths. We view the bland state of the Park and safe pedestrian access as a missed opportunity for the City, as increased use of this park would provide a boost to surrounding shops and restaurants--helping to revive our stagnant business district.
Our goal is to improve pedestrian safety & access to, as well as the overall attractiveness of Circle Park and the surrounding area. Improvements will include curb & sidewalk extensions, street murals, night-time visibility of pedestrian areas, and a new crosswalk. In addition, we will install gorgeous pollinator gardens within the park itself to attract residents who long considered the area "off limits".
Implementation of these improvements will be done through a series of four events at The Circle with assistance from residents who volunteer.
Seeds2Share is a pilot program designed to bring young people and seniors in the community together to grow native pollinator plant seeds harvested from our network of nurturies. We teach young people to germinate seedlings and they, in turn, reach out to seniors who are unable to get out much due to age, illness, or infirmity, and teach those seniors how to germinate the seeds. Seedlings are then planted throughout the community, creating more habitat for pollinators. This program gives young people confidence in their teaching skills, and seniors a chance to become a productive part of the community despite their age and physical limitations, creating stronger, more beautiful and resilient neighborhoods.