Annie’s Annuals & Perennials presents free talk on ‘Planting a Bird Garden’

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Annie’s Annuals & Perennials is located at 740 Market Ave. in Richmond. (Photo credit: Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

Annie’s Annuals & Perennials will illustrate how gardening can be “for the birds” Sat. Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. when it hosts “Planting a Bird Garden,” a free onsite talk by Earl Nickel—aka, “The Curious Plantsman.”

Nickel will speak about plants that will attract specific types of local or migrating birds so that visitors can get started on planting a garden “for our feathered, flying friends,” per Annie’s.

Annie’s suggests some ways to create a welcoming bird habitat include “growing plants that offer natural food sources, in the form of seeds, berries and nectar; shelter or nest making materials; and a water source.”

Some plants Annie’s suggest for a bird garden—and that it offers for sale in its expansive nursery—include Abutilon ‘Talini’s Pink,” Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Florist’s Blue’ and Cirsium occidentale “Cobweb Thistle,” to name a few.

Also afoot in the garden Saturday will be Two Chicks in the Mix, who will be serving up gourmet cakes and baked goods from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Annie’s Annuals & Perennials, a 2.5 acre growing nursery, is located at 740 Market Ave. in Richmond and has parking onsite. Registration is not required for the free talk. Learn more about the nursery here.