Winghaven is a native plant nursery located near Coburn in East Penns Valley. We specialize in trees, shrubs, perennial flowers and ground covers that are native to Pennsylvania. A few of our plants are native to the Mid-Atlantic (but not PA), and we also offer bedding plants for your vegetable, herb and pollinator garden beds. With the exception of the vegetables, all of our plants are especially beneficial to birds, butterflies and/or bees.
An avid bird watcher and notorious wingnut, Cathy Pierce began raising native plants out of concern for decades long trends of population decline among American songbirds and pollinators. While there are plenty of factors contributing to the decline, restoration of native plants to our landscapes is a simple and very effective means of turning those trends around. Winghaven Nursery brings these plants directly to the Boalsburg Outdoor Farmers Market so you can see and learn about the trees, shrubs and flowers that evolved right here in (what is now) central PA, and maybe take some home to your yard! Of course, you are welcome to take a drive out to Penns Valley to see the nursery and make your selections. Just be sure to call ahead! We also offer consultation for your garden projects, but do not perform installations currently.
Here's a relatively concise explanation of the ecology behind the business. The relationship between native plants, insects and birds is circular. Insects lay their eggs on plants. The eggs hatch and the larvae eat some of the leaves. As the larvae grow, many are captured by birds and fed to their young in the nest. The plants depend on both the insects and birds to pollinate and spread their seeds. Basic biology! But - entomologists have discovered that many Insects are extremely particular about where they lay their eggs. Some are dependent on a single species of native plant for their larvae to eat. Without the availability of native plants, a crucial element of their life cycle is missing so reproduction is impaired. Birds need thousands of caterpillars to raise just one nest of babies. Competition for food increases and the likelihood of survival diminishes.
You don't need to plant a forest! Just by adding a few native plants to your yard, you too can become a crusader for our winged friends! Seriously, in addition to being beautiful additions to the landscape, native plants are hardy and easy to grow. Stop by my space at the market if you'd like to learn more! I have lots of free information you might find useful!
- Plants and Trees for Birds and Bees
- 115 Bartges Rd., Coburn, PA, 16832