Butterfly Garden

Okeechobee Main Street partnered with Waste Management, Inc and the University of Florida’s Okeechobee Extension Office’s Florida Yards and Neighborhood Program to take Park 6 of downtown Flagler Park from barren to beautiful.  Through a grant awarded to Okeechobee Main Street from Waste Management, Inc. and the National non-profit Keep America Beautiful, Inc., the Master Gardeners of the University of Florida Okeechobee Extension Office designed a four sectioned butterfly garden in red, white, blue and yellow flowering plants. Low maintenance plants adapted to the Okeechobee area were chosen by the Florida Master Gardeners and volunteers from Riverwoods Nature Center.  The plants selected are drought tolerant and are designed to exist on rainfall alone after becoming established.    Okeechobee Main Street secured park benches that were made from 100 percent recycled materials. The new benches will encourage more visitors to enjoy the beauty of the gardens when they come downtown to support the local businesses.