* Send pre-orders by Friday, April 14th, 2023!
Plant Sale & Pick-up Day on Saturday, April 29th, AND Sunday, April 30th at Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Dr, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Pay in advance and order will be ready for contactless pick-up! Just drive up along traffic circle and look for your name.
AUDUBON & FRIENDS OF GARVIES MEMBERS RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT
SPEND OVER $250 AND RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL 10% DISCOUNT
REMIT FORM WITH CHECK (Payable: Friends of Garvies Point Museum) TO MUSEUM'S ADDRESS, CAN ALSO EMAIL FORM TO VNATALE@NASSAUCOUNTYNY.GOV & WE WILL FOLLOW UP FOR CREDIT CARD INFO
Fundraiser for Friends of Garvies Point Museum & Preserve & North Shore Audubon Society
Thank you for your support!
Additional Plants and other items available for sale on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th
It's simple: native birds, pollinators & wildlife depend on native plants for food, nesting & cover.
Native plants are well-adapted to survive their natural range.
Native plants are beautiful and should be preserved!
BIRDS RELY ON PLANTS AND TREES FOR:
FOOD Plants, shrubs and trees provide food as seeds, berries and nectar. Flowers attract insects at all stages of their life,
essential protein for young developing birds. Water should be readily available throughout the year such as from a bird bath or shallow pond. Be aware to have berries that
ripen at different times of year to provide food for migratory and overwintering species. You can also supplement your garden with seed, suet, or hummingbird feeders.
Things to consider when planning a bird-friendly habitat:
COVER is necessary all year to provide safety from predators and preening privacy with trees, shrubs, vines, brambles and grasses. Any feeders need cover as well.
NESTING Many songbirds nest in trees or shrubs. Different species nest at varying heights and in a variety of ways. You can provide nesting boxes as well.
- Plant species that will do best in your sunlight/soil conditions; more blooms & fruit will grow.
Native is always best. Native plants are 10-15 times more beneficial to our wildlife than nonnative.
- Choose plants that bloom & set fruit during different seasons- to attract wildlife all year.
- Multiples of each species are easier for wildlife to find; Position taller plants in the back, shorter in front.
- Plants at varying heights will attract more variety of birds.
- Start a brush pile or "wild area": put twigs, branches, leaves in a corner of your yard.
Birds and wildlife benefit from an area to take cover, rest, & burrow.
- Spring Cleaning: wait to clear your garden beds until Spring.
Birds get seeds & berries left on plants & insects hibernating in leaf litter.
These "emergency foods" make a big difference for a small bird. Many butterflies and beneficial insects overwinter in leaf litter too!
- DON'T use pesticides! For the health of your family, pets, ALL wildlife, our water, & yourself!
- Be prepared for heavy munching of plants! If you are growing plants for wildlife, be aware of varied stages of insect life that will be attracted to them!
- Birds rely on seeds, hibernating insects over the winter as their main food source. If possible, let plants set seeds and leave them there during the winter months.
It's ok to have an assortment of native and non-native plants in your garden or yard. Just be sure that any exotic plants are not listed INVASIVE: as these plants cause
serious harm to our natural environment. BUT be cautious of certain 'cultivars', as some of these have been bred to have no nectar or are sterile.
sterile = no fruit for wildlife!
TIPS FOR LASTING PLANTS:
- Most plants spend their lives in less than desirable locations. However, plants in a habitat closest to their needs will have more blooms, resulting in larger fruit and ample seeds plus they will be less susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections.
- The more sun you put a plant in, the more water it will need. Afternoon sun is more intense than morning sunlight. If you notice leaves turning yellow or white, it may be in too much sunlight.
- Give plants ample water throughout growing season as they adjust to their new location, especially during summer droughts.
- Certain meadow and wetland plants can grow quite tall. If this doesn't suit your garden's needs, you can trim the plant to half-height in June and new stems will grow. (Same idea behind pruning shrubs) Bloom time will be slightly later.
- To avoid powdery mildew, avoid watering directly on plant leaves especially at night. Always best to use soaker hose or water under leaves at soil level.
- Be patient in Spring! Some perennials are slow to emerge including Joe pye, milkweed, culver's root and many others. The roots are still in there!
- Depending on your garden environment and amount of space, you may want to limit plant growth. This can be done in a few ways: woody plants can be pruned, preferably after they bloom & set fruit or in winter months; perennials can be dug up, divided, transplanted or given to friends & family
Sun & Avg. soil
NE Blazing Star
Sun & moist soil
Blue Flag Iris
Sun & dry soil
New Jersey Tea
Part Sun & Avg. soil
Shade & Avg. soil
White Wood Aster