Hello Friends!

It's all about native plants this week at Wild Bird and Garden! The Native Plant Alliance's 6th annual native plant festival is happening this weekend, Saturday, September 18th. We are running a native plant presale and popup with the wonderful ladies at Going Native Gardens! And we still have spots left in our fall semester native plants class - which starts soon so, register ASAP!

We are still offering curbside pickup. If you prefer to not go into the store in person, just give us a call and order on the phone. We will bring it out to your car for you! No contact, safe, and helpful!

Thank you to all the folks who have been sharing their bird and native plant photos with us! We'd love to hear about your bird migration highlights too!

Thank you for joining us in this space!
Native Plant Presale
This week we have another native plant presale from our friends at Going Native Gardens! Plus they will have a popup table placed outside on September 18th from 10:00am-3:00pm as part of the Native Plant Festival!

The purchase and pickup schedule is a little different this time. Order your presale plants starting Wednesday 9/15 through Friday 9/17. Pickup for Wilmington is on Saturday 9/18 during the native plant festival popup sale and Wednesday 9/22 in Southport. Presale plant species, sizes, and prices are listed below.

Some of these plants are in limited supply, so make sure and call in your order ASAP! 910-343-6001 for Wilmington and 910-457-9453 for Southport.
Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Well known for it's nodding red and yellow flowers, this plant is attractive to pollinators. Seeds are consumed by finches and buntings, too!

Height: 2 feet
Soil: well-drained
Sun: Partial shade
Bloom time: Spring

$10 for approximately 3-quart pots
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
A plant beloved by many species of wildlife! A cluster of white flowers blooms through Summer. Juicy berries for birds in late Summer.

Height: 5-12 feet
Sun: light sun
Soil: moist to wet

$12 for approximately 3-quart pots
River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
An attractive grass that forms in upright clumps and produces long flattened spikelets. In the Fall, the grass is tinged pink and gold

Height: 2-3 feet
Soil: Moist to Average
Sun: Sun to shade
Bloom time: Summer & Fall

$10 for approximately 3-quart pots
(Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Attracts more than 24 species of bird, As well as many species of butterfly!

Height: 3-9 feet
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Likes moist, well drained soil
Sun: Full sun to part shade

$14 for approximately 3-quart pots
Green-and-Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum)
Height: 2-4 inches
Sun: Full or filtered sun
Soil: Does not like to be overwatered; can withstand heat, cold, and dryness

$10 for approximately 7-inch pots
Native Plant Festival & Popup!
The Native Plant Festival is here!

"The Native Plant Alliance will host its 6th Annual Native Plant Festival on Saturday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Hanover County Arboretum. This free, family-friendly festival celebrates Cape Fear area native plants and helps attendees learn how to incorporate them into their own garden plans. There will be activities for adults and children, native plant vendors, and displays and presentations by local horticultural experts." Learn more here!

For the Festival this year, presentations and exhibitor tables will return to the grounds of the New Hanover County Arboretum - make sure to visit the table of our friends, Cape Fear Audubon - but the plant sales will remain spread throughout the area, including a popup table from Going Native Gardens at Wild Bird & Garden in Wilmington!
The plants available for the popup on September 18th will be Carolina Wild Petunia, Whorled Milkweed, Swamp Rose, Stokes Aster, Spotted Bee Balm, Anise Hyssop, Blue Mist Flower, Seashore Mallow, Swamp Milkweed, Beauty Berry, Eastern Red Cedar, Button Bush, Pink Mulhly Grass, and Scarlet Rose Mallow. Come to the store, grab some of your favorite plants, and purchase them there!
Upcoming Classes & Bird Walks
*More details about all of our classes are available on our website!
Native Plants Class

It is time again for our Fall Semester Native Plants Class! Join Jill and local native plant expert, Patrick Bradshaw this fall to learn about our favorite native plants, especially those that attract and host wildlife! This year we are adventuring for all three classes to see native plants in their natural habitats and in the well curated gardens of local experts. We will learn about which plants thrive here and which among them are great for hosting local wildlife.

Winter Birds

During the winter, some birds face very different conditions than they do during the summer. In this class we will discuss birds’ overwinter survival, different strategies birds employ for surviving the winter, their energy requirements, behaviors, and which species we can expect to see locally. We will enjoy three great field trips to local birding spots to see great winter birds, observe their behavior and their adaptations.
Owl Prowl & Evening Birds

Fall is a great time to see owls on the move! These whimsical and majestic birds are usually very quiet and discreet, but with a little practice and luck, we will see them set out to hunt for the evening or hear contact calls! And, although there is never a guarantee that owls will reveal themselves to us, there are other fun birds and bird behaviors to see around dusk. We will get to see birds moving toward roosting sites and grabbing some snacks before they turn in for the night! So, meet us around sundown and be ready for something a little different!
Feeder Swap!
It is time for our annual feeder swap special! Bring in an old feeder in any condition, trade it for 20% off any new feeder!! See you this month!