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The Backyard Naturalists podcasts is geared toward nature lovers of all kinds, from beginners to those with more experience. We have a very diverse lineup of topics planned for you, such as  what you can do in your own yard to enhance the habitat for the creatures who live there, participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count as a citizen scientist, using native plants, which snakes live in our area,  how to attract specific birds, common and uncommon raptors in the greater Charlotte region, spring and fall migration season for birds, plants for butterflies and much more!

Mar 30, 2024

Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, the show about anything and everything connected with nature.


A.         UNCC – 4/11-4/13 – 4/11 is for members

1.      Plant sale proceeds and membership fees enable the Gardens to continue to offer free admission to our gardens and greenhouse and discounted programming for all.

2.       native wildflowers, butterfly and hummingbird plants, azaleas, hydrangeas, fruiting shrubs, ferns, colorful annuals, unusual ornamental and native trees & shrubs, carnivorous plants, banana plants, elephant ears, succulents, herbs, heirloom vegetables, and more!  Sometimes water plants

3.       All the Gardens’ staff and many knowledgeable long-term volunteers will be on-site to answer questions and suggest plants for your particular conditions!

4.        Location:  Lot 5, Martin Village Road, UNC Charlotte, Free parking is available adjacent to the sale (look for roped off area)

5.      PRO TIP:  sometimes extend sale – check for updates on their site

B.       NC State Extension Master Gardener/Union County
 1.  5/4/24 – 9-noon  - Come early for best selection


2.  Agriculture Center – Greenhouse; 3230 Presson Rd., Monroe, NC

                     3.   variety of vegetables, herbs, native perennials, annuals, container trees and shrubs.

                          4.   Rain barrels available for same day pickup

                          5.   Cash or credit



D.     Wing Haven – 4/10 – members, 4/11, 4/12, 4/13

1.      wide variety of local favorite and unusual plants, Wing Haven legacy plants, trees and shrubs

2.      assisted by our knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

3.      All proceeds benefit Wing Haven gardens, programs and educational outreach.

4.      Admission to Wing Haven’s gardens is free during the plant sale—donations accepted and appreciated! Enjoy the beautiful spring weather with a stroll through the gardens after shopping plant favorites.


E.      NC Botanical Garden – 5/4/24

1.       Purchase southeastern native plants from the North Carolina Botanical Garden and other local nurseries in our annual Spring Native Plant Sale.

2.       Chapel Hill, NC

3.       Also features a Daily Plant Sale! 

4.      Plant Sales - North Carolina Botanical Garden (


F.        Garden for Wildlife /NCWF

1.      Shop by zip code

2.      shipped to your home at the appropriate planting time

3.      guaranteed for one year,

4.      all native

5.       take the easy Quiz which will direct you to the right plants for the right spot!


G.      SC Botanical Gardens at Clemson – 4/5 (members), 4/6 – public, 4/20 second chance sale

1.       Clemson, SC

2.       Catalog of plants available about 2 weeks before sale



H.      GA Native Plant Society

1.      Spring Plant Sales 2024 - GNPS

2.       23 sites listed across state!


I.          Lisa Tompkins, Carolina Heritage Nursery

1.        Matthews Farmers Market starting April 13

2.        every other week into June



If you have ideas for topics that you'd like us to pursue, send us a message either on our Facebook page or our website. We would really like to hear from you.



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