Bird Gardens

Download SVT's bird garden brochure, with tips on landscaping to improve wildlife habitat.

Bird gardens create a place for birds to feed and find shelter. 

Plants in a bird garden should be selected to provide shelter, food and nesting sites. Having many layers to the garden - overstory trees, small trees, shrubs, and groundcovers - mimics a natural setting and provides habitat for a variety of birds at different times of the year. Conifers are especially important for providing shelter during bad weather, and nesting sites for some species.   

Native fruit-bearing plants such as viburnum, service berry, holly, and dogwood, are good sources of food for many birds. Plants with bright red flowers, such as trumpet vine, will attract hummingbirds. It's important to try to stick to native plants in your landscaping. While non-native plants may also provide shelter and food, the food source may not provide as much nutrition to species that have adapted their needs to our native plants over time.

Here's a list of some of the plants in the SVT bird garden: 

Common Name Botannical Name
Pagoda dogwood Cornus alternifolia
Winterberry Ilex verticillata
Summersweet Clethra alnifolia
Elderberry Sambucus canadensis
Cinquefoil Potentilla quinquefolia
Sedum Sedum sp.
Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Cranesbill Geranium maculatum

For more information on creating a bird-friendly yard, see this wonderful web site from the Brooklyn Botannical Garden.