Hello Friends!

Fall is practically here! We have some great classes with spaces left. As well as some excellent fall-friendly merchandise in the store! But right now we are really thinking about native plants! We have our first plant festival of the season this week! Plus a native plant popup sale! And if that isn't enough native plants for you, the Native Plant Alliance's 6th annual native plant festival is happening Saturday, September 18th!

We are still offering curbside pickup. If you prefer not to 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! Also, please take note that the Southport store will be closed on Monday for the holiday.

Thank you to all the folks who have been sharing their bird photos with us! It is always worth mentioning that we love to hear your bird news too!

Thank you for joining us in this space!
Native Plant Presale
Get ready to celebrate native plants! We have our first native plant presale of the season from our friends at Going Native Gardens this week! And we have a popup sale planned too! We will have a popup table placed outside on September 4th from 10-12:30.

Plants available for the popup will be: blue mist flower, iron weed, eastern blue star, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia, and beauty berry.

Order your presale plants starting Thursday 9/2 through Sunday 9/5. Pickup is on Monday 9/6 in Wilmington and Wednesday 9/8 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. Keep in mind that Southport is not open on Sundays, or Labor Day Monday.

Sizes and Prices are listed below.
Seashore Mallow (Kosteletzkya pentacarpos)
Attracts many pollinators including hummingbirds and butterflies

Height: 3-5 feet tall
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Soil: prefers marshes, but adapts to average soil

$14 for approximately 3-quart pots
Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)
Striking pinkish purple blooms on 2-foot stems. Attracts native bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies

Height: 2-foot
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Soil: prefers sandy soil
Blooms: July, August, September

$12 for approximately 3-quart pots
Anise Hyssop (Agastache phoeniculum)
Fragrant blue violet flower spikes on clump forming plants that bloom from mid summer to early fall. Readily self-seeds and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Height: 2-4 feet tall
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Enjoys good drainage

$8 for approximately 1.5-quart pots
Stokes Aster (Stokesia laevis)
Nectar from this plant attracts bumble bees and butterflies!

Height: 1-2 feet
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Drought resistant
Blooms: Late summer

$12 for approximately 3-quart pots
Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris)
Extremely fragrant with pink blooms. The fruit is eaten and spread by birds.

Height: up to 7-feet tall
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: prefers moist soil
Blooms: June and July

$12 for approximately 3-quart pots
Native Plant Festival
"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!
Upcoming Classes & Bird Walks
More details about all of our classes are available on our website!
Migration Class

**Last Call**
This class starts on Saturday 9/4 and there are a few spots left! Sign up ASAP!
Come join us for Fall migration! Wild Bird & Garden’s guides and instructors, Jill Peleuses and Marae Lindquist West, are leading a fun and informative class that will guide you through the species and migration strategies that will be on display in the skies this fall. Three field trips with educational discussion will prepare you for all the migration birding you can handle!
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 winter, energy requirements, behavior, 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.
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!