Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District holds its annual Spring Plant Sale & Fair at Union Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale offers bareroot fruit trees and berries for the edibles garden; bareroot native trees and shrubs for conservation, wildlife, and landscape plantings; and organically grown native perennials in one-gallon pots to attract bees and butterflies. This year’s plant list includes three varieties of apple, three peaches, June and everbearing strawberries, thornless blackberry, black raspberry, as well as four varieties of highbush blueberry in one-gallon pots and more.

In addition, 27 varieties of native trees and shrubs have been selected for sunny, shady, wet, or dry sites, along with 30 native perennials from Rebel Hill Farm with blossoms that span the garden season.

The Saturday fair has been expanded this year to include talks, demonstrations, and exhibits from 20 local organizations to provide answers to a wide range of plant and conservation concerns:

10 to 11 a.m. — Pollinators with Amy Campbell of Knox Lincoln County Beekeepers

11 a.m. to noon — Fruit Tree Pruning with Cheryl Denz of Terra Optima Farm

Noon to 12:30 p.m. — Native Perennials with Pete Bickford of Rebel Hill Farm

Exhibits and displays include: Medomak 4-H Bake Sale, Thomaston Grammar School Garden Seed Sale, Midcoast Audubon Nest Box Sale, Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers observation hive, Knox-Lincoln SWCD raffle for a custom-made native bee nest block, Take home guides for planting and maintaining plants, lead fishing tackle exchange, and many more displays by local organizations.

All plants are available for pre-order before Monday, April 29 or for cash-or-check and carry on the days of the sale. Please note: Cash and carry native perennials, demonstrations, and displays are on Saturday only. Sunday’s sale includes all other plants, bake sale, raffle, and planting guides.

For more information and to receive an order form, plant catalog, and a complete list of Saturday events and exhibits, visit, call 596-2040, or drop by our office at 893 West St. (Route 90) in Rockport. Proceeds of the sale benefit the conservation district’s education and outreach programs.