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Celebrate Wildlife Gardening Month!


Wildlife Gardening Home and Community Garden Tour

Wildlife Gardening Tour

National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with Landscape Designer John Magee, is sponsoring a 15 location wildlife garden tour in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

The tour will feature 14 wildlife-friendly gardens, at sites including individual homes, a church, a school and a nature center.   Each of these sites provides you an opportunity to view the garden, see some unique landscape design ideas that you can use in your own garden and to learn more about some of the plants and wildlife that call these locations home.   NWF will have volunteers at each location to answer your questions as you view the gardens. 

Newton-Lee Elementary School (Ashburn, VA) will also have activities for kids, so bring your whole family!

Activities include:  exploring the two gardens at the at schools – courtyard and outside wildlife habitat and how to use gardens to teach – science, math, English and much more.  Hands-on activities for planting, learning about birds and making a solar art print with items found in nature.  Meet Ranger Rick and have your picture taken with the Best Raccoon around.

National Wildlife Federation Headquarters (Reston, VA) will serve as the starting point for the tour, where you can pick up a tour book before heading out to view the gardens in any order that you select.  NWF will also offer tours of its habitat and a native plant sale.  Get a great native plant to add to your garden that can help a few wildlife friends have a great summer.

Activities at NWF Headquarters:

19 varieties of Native Plants from American Beauties available for purchase including blueberry, coneflower, sea oats and more.  Invasive species walking tour and discussion on how to best manage your habitat for invasives (Given on the half hour starting at 10:30 am);  Tours of NWF property in Reston and the sustainable features and wildlife garden (Given on the hour starting at 11:00 am).  

Native Plants available for purchase. 

Just Added - Special Pre-sale day - Thursday, May 10th from 4:00 - 7:30 pm

 

Little Lanterns Columbine  $                        8.00
Brilliant Red Chokeberry  $                       16.00
Swamp Milkweed  $                       10.00
Bluebird Smooth Aster  $                       10.00
Lady in Red Crested Fern  $                       10.00
Blue Indigo  $                       12.00
Button Bush  $                       14.00
Northern Sea Oats  $                       10.00
Prairie Spleandor Coneflower  $                        8.00
Dwarf Joe Pye Weed  $                       10.00
Bronze Wave Coral Bells  $                        8.00
Henry's Garnet Virginia Sweetspire  $                       14.00
Fried Green Tomatoes Cardinal Flower  $                        8.00
Blue Stocking Bee Balm  $                        8.00
Sherwood Purple Creeping Phlox  $                        8.00
Miss Manners Obedient Plant  $                        8.00
Stairway to Heaven Jacob's Ladder  $                        8.00
Virginia Rose  $                       14.00
Blue Jay Highbush Blueberry  $                       15.00

Reserve your tickets now! >>

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Address: 11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190
United States

Cost: $15 per person or $30 for a family (until May 10th)
Day of Event Cost: $20 per person or $40 for a family
Limited to 500 participants

All proceeds from the tour will support the National Wildlife Federation's Certified Wildlife Habitat programs and its mission to protect wildlife for our children's future.

 

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