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GROWvember FALL PLANT SALE:  Sat., Nov. 4 at Mead Garden
Saturday, Nov. 4th GROWvember FALL PLANT SALE
The Great DUCK!
Next Great Duck Derby Sat. April 22, 2017
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OAS led birding walks 5 Saturdays in October


Winter birds in the Garden

The goldfinches are back in the Garden. They are not that familiar bright yellow yet—that will come later as we move into Spring. Right now they are a pale yellow with dark wings. They can often be seen at the bird feeders north of the old amphitheater. While you are looking for the goldfinches, you can enjoy the beauty of the Butterfly Garden and, with a bit of patience, there is a good chance of seeing one or two of the ruby-throated hummingbirds as they feed on the nectar from the flowers in the garden.

Butterfly Garden Expansion

Come visit the Butterfly Garden, where asters, salvias, Mexican marigolds and pentas are in bloom, as well as the grasses on our rock garden. Monarchs are still plentiful. In addition, we are now adding many Florida native plants to attract butterflies and birds. Our hummingbirds love the firebush! This week, we added more Florida privet, yaupon holly, fringe trees, flatwoods plums and other woody plants where birds can feed and hide. Join us in the garden just east of The Grove Performance Pavilion, behind the Pole Barn.

Tea Camellias in bloom!

The first wave of camellias are beginning to blossom! "Tea camellias" are blooming along the fence on Denning Drive—but they won't be blooming for long! For most, the thought of Camellia brings to mind Camellia japonica, which has large, showy flowers. The cultivar of the tea camellia (Camellia sinensis) blooming along the fence at Mead Garden have smaller, white flowers that barely resemble the more common C. japonica. The plants are small right now, but will eventually form a hedgerow along the Denning Drive fence line. 

Fall Birding in Mead Garden

The main wave of migrants have mostly moved on through, heading south to their winter homes. However, walking around Mead you can still see quite a few palm warblers and yellow-rumped warblers. The palm warblers can be identified by their constant up and down tail bobbing. The yellow-rumps have a bright yellow spot on their backs just above the base of their tails. You should also hear the the Eastern phoebes calling out their name: “fee' be”.


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