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Bird gardens

A bird garden creates a focal point that includes water, rocks, plants and feeders. It is a space designed to be aesthetically pleasing as viewed from inside the home, while providing food, water and cover for birds. The water feature can be as simple as a birdbath or something more involved, such as a mister spraying water over rocks into a shallow pool. We use a variety of feeders, from low platform feeders fashioned from crab orchard fieldstone to carved limbs or driftwood for suet to the Droll Yankees squirrel-proof feeder. We learned bird garden design from the master, Betty Komarek, co-founder of Birdsong Nature Center.

The picture on the right is of the bird garden here at the nursery. You cannot see it, but there is a mister spraying water over the ferns growing on the rock in the back. The water pools in front of the rock, and we enjoy watching birds bath there from our office window.

“Not a day goes by that I don't thank you profusely for my bird garden.”

Nancy McCollum of Thomasville, GA