MILFORD, Del. (May 20, 2017) — Delaware Nature Society will hold its annual Native Plant Sale at Coverdale Farm Preserve. The Native Plant Sale is open to the public on Saturday, May 6, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sunday, May 7, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Member Days are Thursday, May 4, and Friday, May 5, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Admission is free. This year’s theme is “Plants for the Birds.”
According to the State of North America’s Birds: 2016 report, more than one-third of the bird species that reside in Mexico, the United States, and Canada are in urgent need of conservation action. Delaware is home to several of these species, including the Black Rail, Cerulean Warbler, and Wood Thrush, which are all in danger of extinction without significant conservation action. “Part of our mission is to assist you with creating resting, breeding, and feeding areas for birds in your yard. By planting native plants in a way that contributes to the local ecosystem, you might not have a Black Rail prance across your property, but you will promote the well-being of other species that would have had to search elsewhere for food, water, nesting areas, and safe haven,” said Executive Director Brian Winslow.
Not only will your plant purchases support birds, butterflies, and bees in your own garden, but proceeds from our sale directly support the conservation and management of bird habitats in our region. Proceeds also support the protection and conservation of our water.
Delaware Nature Society’s Native Plant Sale features more than 350 varieties of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns and aquatic plants that will help attract and sustain pollinators. Some are introductions from the nearby Mt. Cuba Center and many species attract wildlife such as birds and butterflies. Native plants need less fertilizer and water than non-native plants and are often less expensive and easier to maintain because they are specially adapted to the local climate, soil type, and wildlife. Native plants are also more resistant to threats like pests, drought, frost, and disease than non-native plants.
“If everyone in America would replace just one tenth of their lawn with native plants, it would create the equivalent of 5.25 Yosemite Parks,” said Lori Athey, Habitat Coordinator, “not only generating beauty we can all enjoy, but a lot of excellent habitat for important wildlife.
You can create your own bird-friendly garden with plants from Delaware Nature Society’s Native Plant Sale, May 4 – May 7, at Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville, Delaware. Visit www.DelNature.org/NPS for more information and to view the Native Plant Sale catalog
Founded in 1964, Delaware Nature Society works to improve the environment through conservation, advocacy, and education. The Annual Meeting is free and open to Members. For more information or to reserve your spot at the Annual Meeting, visit www.delnature.org.