Hello Friends,
It is September, and you know what that means! It means Fall migration is here! Make sure to keep an eye and an ear out for exciting birds heading south for the Winter! You can always visit the New Hanover County eBird page to see what birds have been seen moving through the area. There are a couple other great things happening now that September is here. 

First, our annual Feeder Swap Special has begun! There is a full description below. 

Second, for Southport customers who live in the St. James neighborhood, our friend Jack Eyler has offered his home as a closer pick-up location. (Thanks Jack!) When you order from the Southport store, you can request to pick up at the Eyler's house and on Fridays from 10-12 you can pick up your items and receipt right in the neighborhood!

Lastly, we are now offering seed online! When you visit the website next time, you will see a "shop" link along the top, just above our greeting. That link will bring you to our cute little online shop where we have all of our favorite seed varieties available. We are new to this so please be patient with us as our amazing staff learn how to work with this new element of our store, but we are so excited and we hope you are too!

Pop-up Plant Sale!

The wonder women at Going Native Gardens have more gorgeous native plants to sell. This time in conjunction with the Native Plant Alliance's 5th Annual Native Plant Festival! This event is on Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! See more about the festival here.
These native plants will come in approximately 1 gallon sized pots and will be available for pre-purchase from September 10th through the 19th. Plant pickup will occur during the native plant festival at the Wilmington store from 10-4 on September 19th. 

Reminder of our hours
Southport: Mon-Sat 10-2
Wilmington: Mon-Sat 10-4
& Sun 12-4


American Beauty Berry (Callicarpa americana) 
Produces small pink flowers in the Summer and the namesake bright purple berries, which grow in dense clusters, mature in late Summer to early Autumn. Many birds love to eat these berries in the fall and early winter.
Height: Can grow up to 9' in favorable conditions (and can grow to be 9' wide too!)
Soil: moist to dry
Part shade and sun
Comes in approximately one-gallon pot

Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata)
A Favorite of pollinators!
Host plant for the American Painted Butterfly
Blooms July-September
Height: Can grow 4-6' tall!
Full sun
Deer resistant
Comes in approximately one-gallon pot

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Attracts more than 24 bird species as well as numerous species of butterfly!
Height: Can grow 3-9' tall and 1-3' wide!
Full sun to part shade
Moist, well drained soil to average soil
Comes in approximately one-gallon pot

Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata
Attracts many pollinators including native bees, hummingbirds and butterflies
Blooms July-September
Height: 2' stems with many blooms
Full sun to part shade
Deer resistant
Comes in approximately one-gallon pot

Stokes Aster (Stokesia laevis)
Attracts bumble bees and butterflies
Blooms late Summer to Fall
Height: 1-2' tall 
Full sun to part shade
Drought resistant
Deer and Rabbit resistance
Comes in approximately one-gallon pot

Photos from Gardenia.net, Monrovia.com, Wikipedia, cold stream farm, Gardenerspath.com, Carolinanature.com, onalee.com, & Lurie Garden
Feeder Swap Special

 Ready for a feeder upgrade? During this month, bring us your cleaned, old, and unwanted feeders to swap for 20% off a new one! Old feeders will be donated to local organizations and schools.

Pictured: the tree outside the lab of Dr. Ray Danner at UNCW where some of the feeders have been donated by Wild Bird and Garden. These feeders attract many local species and help ornithology students (and others!) learn to identify birds in addition to being a lovely feature to the campus.

As always, we thank you for reading. We hope native plants and some migrating birds will bring you joy!

Happy (socially distanced) Birding!
 Jill and the Wild Bird & Garden Team

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