Many species of non-native invasive plants have been banned for sale in Connecticut and across the country. But those that still grow in our gardens and along highways continue to impact our native habitats by spreading into forests, fields, and wetlands. Often, it is the birds that help them spread by eating their fruits and distributing their seeds. These include Oriental bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle, autumn olive, and multiflora rose. And some invasive plants, such as Japanese barberry, winged euonymus, and European privet are still legally sold in our state, although sales are being phased out. (Get invasive plant factsheets.)
In an effort to discourage the continued planting and spread of invasive garden species, we are offering for sale several species of native trees, shrubs, and vines that will provide important food for our favorite birds, while protecting the diversity of local habitats from monocultures of invasive plants.
The native trees, shrubs, and vines are supplied by a local grower. Working with our local grower makes it possible for us to sell these plants are very reasonable prices.
When choosing plants for your yard, we hope you will also consider replacing any invasive plant species you may have with wildlife-friendly native plants.
Plants can be picked up at Audubon’s Guilford Salt Meadow Sanctuary, Meadowlands Road, Guilford. Pick-up dates are Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19.
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