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Wildlife Waystation Giveaway with Country Gardens Magazine

Newlyweds Win Wildlife Waystation!

Local Newlyweds Win Wildlife Friendly Native Plant Garden Valued at $7,500!

HOCKESSIN, DE, September, 2016. Newlyweds and 1st time homeowners Danielle and Drew Wasem of Derry, NH entered a contest in Country Gardens magazine last year that was sponsored by American Beauties Native Plants. The contest received over 250 entries. “It was clear from their essay, that they understood the importance of landscaping for wildlife. I just knew we picked the right couple.” said Peggy Anne Montgomery, Brand manager of American Beauties. The couple has 3 acres of land that is mostly wooded with certified wetlands. The Wasem’s new garden valued over $7,500 will be installed at the beginning of September and dedicated to Danielle’s mother who was herself an avid gardener. 

Today, it is more important than ever to create a space for the wildlife in our own urban and suburban gardens. As habitats for the birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife dwindle away, so do their population numbers. American Beauties Native Plants created this contest as a way to remind people that small changes to their own gardens can add up to big benefits for the wildlife community. Adding native plants to your landscape is the best way to attract beneficial wildlife and provide them with food to eat, a place to live and a safe place to raise their young. Every yard can be easily and affordable transformed into a Wildlife Waystation, with just a few easy steps.

(1)Provide Food - The native plants in the Wasem’s garden will provide seed, nuts, berries, nectar and pollen for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. We’ve also added host plants like butterflyweed which is the only plant that Monarch caterpillars can eat.

(2)Provide Water ‒ You don’t have to install an expensive pond system to provide water. Adding a small water feature such as a dish, is a great way to provide a water source to wildlife.

(3)Provide Shelter ‒ Plants such as evergreen trees or shrubs can provide shelter for wildlife all year. Also, installing nesting boxes or even a simple brush pile can help provide shelter. It is important not to cut plants back until spring so that wildlife can take advantage of the cover all winter. Also, try to avoid using chemicals in your garden. Remember, we need insects to feed baby birds.

HDI Hardscape Design of Milford, New Hampshire was selected to help prepare and install the garden for the Wasem’s. Owner, Hunter Philbrick is “thrilled to be part of the Wildlife Waystation project.” Hunter, is no stranger to giving back to the community either. He served our country for more than 22 years as a Marine and Army Veteran. After retiring from the military he went on to join the New Hampshire Police Force, serving in Mount Vernon and Milford New Hampshire. He also served as the local DARE officer in Mount Vernon, was a volunteer firefighter for 15 years and was even awarded New Hampshire Police Officer of the year in 2000. Hunter started HDI Hardscape Design after retiring from the NH Police Force.

American Beauties Native Plants cannot wait to make this garden as inviting to wildlife as it is beautiful. "Drew and I are so excited to have a Wildlife Waystation built in our very own yard. We closed on the purchase of our first home in April of 2015 and since moving in have seen more birds, butterflies and animals than ever before. now we'll see even more! We are so appreciative and grateful for the amazing opportunity to have the garden of our dreams and provide food and shelter to the animals that call our land home. Thank you to Country Gardens Magazine and American Beauties Native Plants for choosing us!


For more information please contact: Peggy Anne Montgomery at: peggyanne@abnativeplants.com, www.abnativeplants.com

American Beauties Native Plants® is the premiere native plant program that offers proven solutions for garden centers, landscapers and home gardeners. Garden centers use our point-of-purchase materials to build displays that help direct their customers and educate their staff at the same time. Landscapers use our plants and fact-filled tags to enhance their customer’s experience. Home gardeners love our branded pots because it takes the guesswork out of shopping. 

Sources for American Beauties Native Plants in New Hampshire

Churchill’s Gardens http://www.churchillsgardens.com

Osborne’s Concord Agway http://www.osbornesagway.com

Landscaping Contractor

Mr. Hunter Philbrick 

HDI Hardscape Design

111 Cortland Road

Milford, New Hampshire 03055 http://www.milfordlandscapingservices.com

Landscape Designer

Scott Calhoun http://zonagardens.com


Garden Chairs by Dan Benarcik http://www.danbenarcik.com/home.html

Modern Birdhouse Five Ply Design https://store.fiveplydesign.com

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The Plant List with Benefits to Wildlife

These plants, all native to New Hampshire were chosen because they are proven, landscape worthy plants. They are not only beautiful, they are all a part of the food-web that promotes biodiversity and helps our native wildlife.




Great nesting site for birds

provides year-round cover for wildlife

Makes a terrific hedge or wind break



Sugar Maple


Birds and other mammals eat the seeds

Provides excellent cover and nest sites for birds

Maple syrup is made from these trees




Blooms early, even before the leaves appear

Nectar attracts butterflies and other pollinators

Provides berries for birds and people


Smooth Hydrangea


Provides nectar for beneficial insects and butterflies

Cover and nesting for birds and other wildlife 

Great cut flower, also pretty in dried arrangements


Cape Breeze Switchgrass


Birds thrive on the abundant seed

Switchgrass is a host plant for many species of butterflies

Deer resistant


Northwind Switchgrass


Provides nest sites, protective cover and food for birds

An essential larval host for most banded skippers

Insects overwinter in the hollow stems


Wild Indigo


Blue Indigo is a native host plant for the following butterflies - Wild Indigo Duskywing, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Orange Sulphur, Clouded Sulphur, Frosted

Elfin and Hoary Edge.

Drought tolerant once established


New England Aster


Lightly fragrant flowers attract butterflies and honey bees

Deer resistant while providing great cover for beneficial wildlife

Perfect groundcover for dry shade


Adam's Needle


Larval host plant for a number of skippers

Tough as nails native cultivar for dry soil

Evergreen foliage provides all season interest


Threadleaf Tickseed


Butterflies are drawn by its nectar

Small birds like finches love to eat its seeds

Deer resistant


Bee Balm


A magnate beneficial insects, butterflies and hummingbird

The flowers are edible

Moderately deer resistant


Prairie Dropseed


Nectar boon for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds

Arching stalks offer shelter for many birds

Abundant seed is a bonanza for birds




The only food a Monarch caterpillars can eat!

Bright flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies

Host plant for Grey Hairstreak, Monarch and Queen butterflies


Blazing Star


Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds

Considered to have special value to native bees and bumblebees

Outstanding cut flower, deer resistant


Evening Primrose


Attracts a variety of birds and hummingbirds

Also attracts butterflies and moths and beneficial insects

Edible flowers


Garden Phlox


Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies in huge numbers

Long flowering, great cut flower

Disease resistant


Three-lobed Coneflower


Loaded with flowers for many weeks

Great nectar source for butterflies and other pollinators

Produces lots of seeds for songbirds


Cone flower


Attracts butterflies in large numbers

Hummingbirds thrive on the sweet nectar

Finches crave its seed in the fall


Wild Spotted Geranium


Early source of nectar for native insects

Provides cover for wildlife

Showy flowers attract butterflies


For more information on what plants are native to new Hampshire please visit PlantNative at: plantnative.org

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