2017 Spring Native Plant Sale is May 12th-13th, 9am - 4pm.
Gardening with native plants is critically important to supporting wildlife habitat, particularly for birds. These plants are adapted to conditions of our region and do not need dangerous fertilizers or pesticides to thrive. Using native plants in your garden or around your home creates a safe haven for birds. Unfortunately, using exotic plant species or chemical insect and weed killers will drive away many of the birds that may otherwise use our outdoor areas to forage, nest and reproduce.
In his groundbreaking book, Bringing Nature Home, Douglas W. Tallamy discusses the relationships between birds, insects, plants and people. Tallamy urges home gardeners to take an active role in providing the food and habitat that birds need to survive. He believes that “gardeners have become important players in the management of our nation’s wildlife.” His research reveals that our native insects are not feeding on the many exotic plant species found at our local nurseries. Insects are a primary source of food for birds. In fact, Tallamy states that “if you count all of the terrestrial bird species in North America that rely on insects … to feed their young, you would find that figure to be about 96% -- In other words, nearly all of them.” Hummingbirds, a local celebrity, are no different – most of their diet is made up of small arthropods, such as fruit flies, gnats, spiders, caterpillars and insect eggs.
Due to the lack of availability for native plant resources, Strawberry Plains has organically established itself as the regional expert for the native plant movement. In addition to our native plant nursery, we provide consultation and guidance to communities and landowners to establish and manage landscapes for birds and other wildlife.
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center has a spring native plant sale and plants are for sale by appointment throughout the rest of the year. To make an appointment to buy plants or to book a native plant gardening program, please call us at 662-252-1155. Just ask for Kristin Lamberson, our Interpretive Garden Specialist.