Butterfly gardening is a type of sustainable, low maintenance gardening that attracts and maintains butterflies year after year. Threats facing Lebanon’s 165 species of butterflies, many of them rare, endemic, and threatened, include habitat loss and degradation, deforestation, agricultural expansion and the use of agrochemicals, overgrazing, desertification, and climate change.
Butterfly gardening is environment-friendly and encourages conservation by restoring habitats in the wild and making local gardens sanctuaries for butterflies with the use of native plants.
SPNL is leading the way in butterfly conservation by developing the first large-scale butterfly garden in the country, at Hima Kherbet Kanafar.
Situated in the Bekaa valley near the West Bekaa Country Club, the butterfly garden will be launched this summer and will incorporate hundreds of native plants and a design that will preserve and accommodate much of the original habitat and plant communities, along with a butterfly trail and botanical greenhouse.
Butterfly gardening not only helps restore habitats and brings on the butterflies, but it is also fun! Let’s be butterfly gardeners.