For The Birds- Fanciful Follies for Our Feathered Friends

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November 14, 2012

1-4pm.

The Voelker Orth Museum

Flushing

All Ages

$2

Event description: Enjoy this sanctuary for backyard birds featuring a new exhibit by artist Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, featuring over 20 unique handcrafted birdhouses. Gutierrez-Solana draws his inspiration from a variety of sources, from Bali to Madame Butterfly. Whimsical, classical, rustic, ornate, or exotic, the houses are all functional, and can offer shelter to the backyard birds one finds in the City.

Address: 149-19 38th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718-359-6227
Website: info@vomuseum.org

About The Voelker Orth Museum


The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden occupies a home that was purchased by a German immigrant named Conrad Voelcker who emigrated from Germany in 1881. After his death in 1930, the house became the home of his daughter, Theresa Voelker and her husband, Dr. Rudolph Orth. Their daughter, Elisabetha Orth, who lived in the house most of her life, in her will established the organization which now runs the museum. The immediate goal of the organization was the restoration of the Voelker Orth homestead. More than a century old, this house has been the home of a single family for nearly its entire history and has changed little since the days of Conrad Voelcker.

A distinguishing feature of the museum is the garden, containing plants that were once regular favorites in the Victorian era. The garden is maintained using eighteenth century propagation methods and gardening techniques, such as hand pruning and the use of natural fertilizers and pesticides. Serving as a sanctuary, the garden’s many varieties of berry bushes and trees attract migrating birds, such as orioles, mockingbirds, and hummingbirds, as well as local species like cardinals and blue jays. In June and July, the butterfly bush attracts monarchs, swallowtails, and other species, and the bee hive is home to a thriving colony of honey bees which produce a modest amount of honey for their educational programs.






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