Birds need water to survive. Even though birds do not have sweat glands they still lose water in their droppings and through their skin due to evaporation, especially during the hot days of summer. Keeping their feathers clean and in good condition is a priority and bathing helps them achieve that.
There are several ways to provide water to help keep backyard birds clean and hydrated. A bird bath or planter drainage tray; a small garden pond; a bird waterer which typically hangs from a hook like a feeder but dispenses water; a bird mister; or a moving water feature such as a fountain or wiggler – birds are attracted to moving water.
Keeping the water clean is very important, not just for the birds but for everyone. Bird bath water can get dirty fast and stagnant water makes for a great mosquito breeding ground.
FEATURED NATIVE TREE: Tilia americana, basswood, linden
American basswood, the northernmost basswood species, is a handsome shade and street tree. It is recognized by its deeply furrowed bark and large spade-shaped, alternate, toothed leaves. Flowers are inconspicuous but fragrant and is favored by bees over others and produces a strongly flavored honey. Decomposing leaves of basswood add important minerals to the soil, including calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous.
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In 2007 the U.S. Senate, initiated by Pollinator Partnership under Laurie Davies Adams, unanimously approved and designated a week in June as National Pollinator Week, marking a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more.
National Pollinator Week, June 21-27, 2021, is a week to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. For additional information on protecting pollinators, click the button below.
The William Paca Garden is a two acre oasis of natural beauty in the bustling center of Annapolis’ Historic District. Although many colonial Annapolitans had gardens, only Paca’s has been returned to its original splendor and opened to the public. Intrigued by garden details in the background of Charles Willson Peale’s 1772 portrait of Paca, researchers were able to reconstruct the site from a series of archeological digs that turned up evidence of the garden’s former glory.
Following the business meeting, a speaker from William Paca House and Gardens will join us and take members on a virtual tour of the gardens. A group tour, for those who wish to participate, will take place later in the afternoon at the William Paca Garden.
Celebrate National Garden Week with a garden tour at Cylburn Arboretum!
This special event is sponsored by National Garden Clubs, Inc. and Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc. Tours will be hosted by Cylburn Arboretum Friends.
Enjoy a tour of the beautiful gardens at Cylburn Arboretum, featuring Past President Carolyn Braverman’s stormwater management project. Also learn about the history of the arboretum and gardens, and find inspiration in the unique plants and plant pairings offered in their collections.
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