Bird Land: Urban Jungle Offers Helpful Tips

Living in the city—with an extremely small yard; all concrete and no green—I've always been jealous of those in the suburbs who have plenty of space for trees, plants and animals. (My girlfriend has a stream in her yard for crying out loud!) Not even pigeons, much less any other variety of bird, decide to make pit stops behind my house. But, with the help of this July 1 class at a Urban Jungle, even someone cursed with my yard could attract chirping visitors.

Urban Jungle horticulturalist Erica Smith will teach this Thursday evening class (7 - 8 p.m.), showing you which plants attract creatures such as butterflies and hummingbirds. She'll also show you how to grow these wonderful plants in a small space, so even my tiny yard could benefit.

According to Smith, students will be able to choose from Urban Jungle's large selection of plants and containers, creating a butterfly or hummingbird container to take home. You can also bring your own if you want. The cost for the workshop is $20 per person, which includes instruction, potting materials and, yes, even wine and refreshments. So, if you're as frustrated with the lack of green and life in your yard as I am with mine, then this workshop is definitely for you.

July 1, 7 - 8 p.m. at Urban Jungle, 1526 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.952.0811