Knox-Lincoln plant sale order forms available

Feb 18, 2014
Edible, rosy pink flowers of eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) bloom in spring before the heart-shaped leaves open.

Don’t miss out on the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District’s Spring Plant Sale! This year's list includes 44 new selections available for pre-order and cash and carry on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4 at Union Fairgrounds. The sale runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Get an order form and plant catalog now and order online at to ensure availability of your favorite varieties.

The plant sale list offers a fabulous selection of bareroot fruit trees and berries; conifers; native and native-friendly trees and shrubs for landscaping, wildlife, and conservation, as well as Maine-grown native perennials and herbs from Rebel Hill Farm. With a few exceptions, all plants are hardy to at least Zone 4 and have been chosen for pest and disease resistance, wildlife value (including pollinators and other beneficial insects), a variety of soil and light conditions, and to span the season from spring through fall.

The enhanced plant list has five apple varieties for you to choose from, including Wolf River – an old favorite – and Pristine, a disease resistant summer apple. There are also five varieties of peaches, including Raritan Rose – a hardy white peach; three pears, two cherries, and a hardy plum. In response to demand, more early and mid-season highbush blueberries and added horseradish root and organic rhubarb plants have been added to the edibles.

New trees include red pine (Pinus resinosa); gorgeous, spring flowering eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis); and edible black walnut (Juglans nigra). New shrub offerings are hard-to-find natives like fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatic) – a tough, low-growing groundcover for difficult areas; buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) and winterberry (Ilex verticiallata) for wet spots; and coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus), ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius), and blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium) for average to drier areas – just to name a few! New to the organic, field-grown perennial selections are partridgeberry (Mitchella repens), eastern beebalm (Monarda bradburiana), skyblue aster (Symphyotrichum azureum), queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula repens), and ‘Little Lanterns’ columbine – a compact, highly floriferous selection of our native Aquilegia canadensis. All are sure to keep the pollinators happy and busy in the garden all season. This year, divisions of three native ferns – cinnamon, Christmas, and marginal wood fern – great for those shady edges, are being offered. Following on the success of last year, Saturday’s sale will feature displays, exhibits, demonstrations, planting and growing guides, a bake sale, Thomaston Grammar School Seed Sale, and an expanded array of cash and carry perennials - some of which are not even on the pre-order list.

And that’s not all! This year, a “Backyard Sale” featuring Earth Machine compost bins, Systern rain barrels, Sure-Close compost pails, and the Wingdigger compost turner/aerator for pre-order at low, low prices is being offered. Backyard Sale items are pre-order only by May 4 and will be available for pick-up at the District office May 27. For more information about the “Backyard Sale,” check out the plant order form and look on our website at

All plants are available for pre-order and cash and carry on a first-come, first-served basis. Order forms and a catalog with detailed plant descriptions are now available to download on the District website at; online ordering and thumbnail images of all selections will be available by Feb 21. Order forms may be picked up at the District office at 893 West Street (Route 90), Suite 103, Rockport. Call 596-2040 or email to have an order form sent in the mail. Don’t miss out – order today!

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