Northwest Conservation District’s Earth Day Plant Sale
It’s that time of year. As we emerge from winter everyone is thinking about chores and projects to improve their property. And if you are thinking about your landscape, know that the Northwest Conservation District is again holding their annual native plant sale. The District’s Earth Day plant sale makes available a wide variety of native shrubs, fruit trees, berry laden shrubs and ground-cover and evergreens. You can order in advance online, then pickup your order at the Goshen Fairground on April 22nd, 23rd, or 24th. To order online visit the Conservation District’s web-site at http://nwcd.org/.
The native plants are ideally suited for flashy displays of seasonal flowers (Mountain Laurel, Shadblow Serviceberry) and growing berries/fruit for hosting native birds (Elderberry, Winterberry, Inkberry, Red Twig Dogwood, Viburnum, Kinnikinnick, Witch Hazel) and attracting butterflies (Sassafrass, Setting Sun Potentilla). Most of these native plants came from the Shoreline Manual produced by the District, and are suitable for shoreline planting. Of course, plants are best chosen based on light, orientation and soil type – so doing your homework or checking with a plant savvy friend before planting makes sense. An added benefit for shoreline planting is that plants like the Mountain Laurel (Connecticut State Flower) are not only conspicuously native, but discourage goose nesting.
The Northwest Conservation District has been very helpful to the Pond Association in terms of delineating the Soils around the Dam, and also providing advice on soil conservation through low impact site development (Executive Director Sean Hayden spoke at our WHLSPOA Meeting last summer). This plant sale is another example of service they provide the community.
If you want to browse a list of available material click here.