Audubon Center in Greenwich

Spring Native Plant Sale

Add native plants to your garden and create a bird and wildlife-friendly habitat for all to enjoy

Looking to fill some holes in your garden? Want to attract more birds and butterflies? Check out the annual Native Plant Sale: For The Birds, Butterflies, & Bees hosted May 20 and 21, 2017 by the National Audubon Society in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Sale & pick up hours: May 20 and May 21 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Pre-orders can also be picked up on the evening of May 19 for those who cannot make the weekend hours.

Pre-orders are due by Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Select here for the 2017 Native Plant Sale Brochure and Order Form

Need help choosing the right plants? Check out Plants for Birds.

Native plants are not only beautiful but also tremendously benefincial—serving as important food and shelter sources for birds, insects, and other wildlife. Audubon recognizes that encouraging native plants in the landscape is an essential part of conservation in the United States. By adding native plants to your plantings, you are helping to re-establish vital wildlife-friendly habitats that beautify your property and support local conservation.

Together we can make a great impact, one garden at a time.

Why Native Plants?

Douglass Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, wrote about how plants and wildlife share a complex evolutionary history that was developed over thousands (or millions) of years. Plants form the base of the food pyramid and other animals either eat the plants or eat the things that eat the plants (ex: caterpillars eat plants and birds eat caterpillars). Over time, many plants and animals developed specialized relationships (ex: milkweed and Monarch butterflies – Monarch butterflies lay the eggs on milkweed plants). This created greater species diversity and more complex ecosystems. By planting a broad variety of native plants, you are fostering a healthier ecosystem and supporting many levels of wildlife.

Right Plant, Right Place

The key to planting success is to match plants to the types of environments that they grow best in. It’s hard to grow a plant that likes lots of moisture on a dry hillside or sun-loving perennial in deep shade. By planting plants that like the conditions you have, you are working with nature and will have greater success with less effort and expense.

There are many factors that determine the right place. The following are some of the most important:

Climate or Hardiness Zone: Greenwich/Stamford is within USDA Hardiness Zone 6B
Hours of sunlight: 6 hours or more = full sun; 3-6 hours = partial sun; less than 3 hours = shade
Soil type: pH is the most important factor with soil, but there are other factors that are important such as the amount of nutrients available and structure or components. A soil test will tell you these things. Soil tests are available through UCONN, www.soiltest.uconn.edu, and are not very expensive.
Soil moisture: typically dry, wet, or somewhere in between, the level of moisture in your soil matters too

Resources

Guidelines for Enhancing Your Backyard Habitat for Wildlife: a booklet available online by CT DEEP that gives a good overview of why and how you can create habitat around your home

Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College: a great place to find information on native plants and where to plant them. Includes some suggestion for plants in different areas (shade, wet, dry, etc.)

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: information on native plants, good search functions, and searchable by plants native to a state

Missouri Botanical Center: more information on native plants, good search functions, has a Missouri bias although most plants that grow there will grow in CT, not searchable by plants native to a state, but is searchable by plant Hardiness Zone

UCONN Plant Database: an information resource for landscape plants for CT (trees, shrubs, and vines) both native and non-native plants

New England Wild Flower Society, Go Botany: plant identification tools, information, and a teaching resource for plants native to New England

Plants for Specific Birds: a website that tells you what plants a type of bird likes or what kind of birds like the plant you have

Sample Plant Lists for This Area: compiled by Carolyn Summers for the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College

Xerces Society: pollinator resources for the United States and Canada, includes plant lists

Native Plant Brochure & Plant List: a helpful resource by Westchester.gov

Douglass Tallamy Bringing Nature Home: various helpful plant lists, including one for the Mid-Atlantic Region that ranks plants by number of moth and butterfly species that feed on it (soon to be customized for each region of the country), a short list of top plants for butterflies and moths, and a spreadsheet with a more comprehensive list of plants and their ranks

Helpful Books

  • The Living Landscape (Darke & Tallamy)
  • Attracting Native Pollinators (Xerces Society)
  • Audubon Guide to Attracting Birds (Kress)
  • Bringing Nature Home (Tallamy)

Questions? Contact Our Staff members at 203-869-5272:

  • Andy ChapinLand Steward at 203-930-1348 or email
  • Katie BlakeBird-Friendly Communities Manager at 203-930-1385 or email
  • Gigi LombardiNature Store at 203-930-1351 or email

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