Want to Attract Birds? Head to the Nursery

15 May 2009

Whether you're a garden guru, a green-thumbed wannabe or just interested in our native feathered friends - there's plenty of reasons to head along to the Berhampore Nursery open day on Saturday 23 May.

The award-winning nursery isn't usually open to the public - so the annual open day and plant sale is a special chance to see behind the scenes and pick up bargains on over 30 species of plants.

Wellington City Council's Environment Portfolio Leader, Councillor Celia Wade-Brown, says this year's open day theme is 'bringing back the birds' and there will be guest speakers talking about how to draw birds - especially native birds - to your garden.

"Thanks to the Karori Sanctuary and increased possum control, there's been a steady increase in the number of native birds in Wellington's suburbs. There's plenty you can do to make your garden a more attractive environment for them. Plants that provide food and shelter for birds - like kowhai, nikau, and flaxes - will bring more avian visitors to your garden for longer."

Cr Wade-Brown says the open day is also an excellent opportunity to learn what plants thrive in Wellington. "Each year the team at the nursery grow more than 90,000 plants for our parks and reserves - so they can offer plenty of sage advice about what plants grow well in local conditions and where."

The open day will run from 10.00am to 2.00pm and will feature talks throughout the day as well a pruning demonstration and displays by local gardening, horticultural and environmental groups.

The nursery is located at the end of Emerson Street and will be signposted from Adelaide Road (which is on the number 1 bus route). Entry is free.