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The mission of Northwood GREENlife is to lead and inspire sustainable living practices in the Northwood area, West Palm Beach, Florida

“In a world where technology is at the forefront of our daily lives, “Let’s Plant a Butterfly Garden”, brings the focus back down to the Earth”

Let's PLant a Butterfly Garden PRogram


Let's Plant a Butterfly Garden's mission is to activate residents and businesses within the City of West Palm Beach to reduce the use of pesticides and to restore native butterfly populations. By educating the community about health matters through butterflies and by planting butterfly gardens throughout the City, we are creating a personalized awareness as to the harmful effects of pesticides on urban pollinators, the environment, people and pets. We hope you join our movement to reduce the use of pesticides within the City and to increase the populations of our local pollinators to create a beautifully, natural BUTTERFLY PARADISE.

Will you help us protect the butterflies?

Let’s Plant a Butterfly Garden program seeks to create and restore native butterfly habitats in and around Northwood Village through education, conservation and art. By making a three year commitment to plant and maintain a butterfly garden, you are committing to a pesticide free and sustainable environment.

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Get your certified butterfly garden:

  • SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • RESIDENTIAL GARDENS
  • WORKPLACE GARDENS

HOW IT WORKS

To get a certified butterfly garden you have to do a minimum of 4 things.

1. Plant 3 host plants
Q. What is a host plant?
A. A host plant is a specific plant in which the mother butterfly can lay her eggs.
For a list of featured host plants, click here


2. Plant 3 nectar plant
Q. What is a nectar plant?
A. A nectar plant is flowering plant which the butterfly sips the nectar out of the flower.
For a list of featured nectar plants, click here

3. Do not spray pesticides.


4. Get your Let’s Plant a Butterfly Garden yard sign and show your support for restoring native butterfly habitats.


Scroll below for a list of the plants that we are recomending and growing at the garden this year. Need help deciding which plants to plant and where? Contact us for help.

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Our featured butterflies of the year 2016 are the Orange Barred and Cloudless Sulphurs

One of the easiest butterflies to attract to an urban setting is the Orange Barred and Cloudless Sulphurs because its caterpillars eat on a variety of host plants, including the Candlestick Cassia.

At the Village Greens Community Garden, we are growing Candlestick Cassias year round, we invite you to come by the garden to pick up your free starter host plant.

HOST PLANTS


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Candlestick Cassia (Cassia Alata)

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Wild Tamarind (Lysiloma Latisiliquum)

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Christmas Senna (Cassia bicapsularis)

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Partridge Peas (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

NECTAR PLANTS


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Zinnias (Zinnia Elegans)

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Indian Blanket (Gaillarda Pulchella)

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Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta Urticifolia)

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Firebush (Hamelia Patens)

GOALS

  • Awareness of pesticides’ negative impact on our environment & health.
  • Create safe haven areas for Pollinators.
  • Certify individual homes, schools and public spaces with “Butterfly Garden” status.
  • Educate on Native plants and their benefits.
  • Populate areas with native plants.

IMPACT

  • Achive reduction of pesticide use.
  • Increase pollinators populations. (bees & butterflies)
  • Educate on all sustainable matters through our outreach.
  • Positve environmental impact with a wide spread use of native plants.
  • Positve environmental impact with a wide spread use of native plants.

“Sometimes to think big, you have to think small.”

― Floop (Character from Spy Kids movie)