October News

October Meeting 
Landscaping for Birds
Jason Petrella , Brown County Parks Program and Natural Resource Coordinator
October 24, 6-8 PM
Wild Birds Unlimited, 2285 S Oneida St 
Please RSVP 920) 489-2684
Fall is the perfect time to start making plans for your gardens next year! Business member, Nancy Paul at Wild Birds Unlimited is hosting us at the store for our October meeting. Jason Petrella, Brown County Parks Program and Natural Resource Coordinator will discuss plants and shrubs that are great for attracting birds to your yard. 
Please RSVP by calling (920) 489-2684 so we can be sure to have enough chairs.

What’s Blooming? Late Summer/Fall
Compass plant 
(silphium laciniatum)
By Ken Sikora, Green Bay Chapter member 

Tall and erect, compass plant takes up very little space in your prairie garden. Plant in any type of soil in full sun. The tap root goes deep and is able to withstand hot weather and drought,
therefore never requiring watering by the homeowner. Multiple large yellow flowers along the tall stem - as high as 6-10ft.   Birds, particularly finches, love the mature seeds. After the seeds pass through their biological system, new plants will show-up here and there, but never taking over an area. Listening to the chorus of a number of finches feeding on the these seeds in the Fall, is another benefit. Compass plant also makes for an interesting specimen plant to point out to guests on a garden walk, such that, the sharply lobed leaves all orient in a north-south direction. Did you know that early settlers, when crossing the prairies, used this characteristic as a way of affirming their travel direction - hence the name ‘compass plant?’  

Planting by seed requires 4-5 years for the plant to reach maturity. Potted plants can be purchased locally.  Bees and butterflies will gather pollen and some nectar from this beneficial wildflower.