2018 Plant Sale

*A reminder that if you ordered plants this year, pickup is on Sat, April 28, 9am-noon at Green Mountain Orchards (GMO). GMO is located at 130 West Hill Drive in Putney. To reach GMO, take exit 4 off of I-91. From there take route 5 north; after about a mile take a left at the Putney General Store onto Kimball Hill. After another mile or so (just past Putney Central School), take a left onto West Hill Road. Green Mountain Orchard will be on your right, about half a mile up West Hill Rd.

The 28th Annual Windham County Conservation District Plant Sale will be on April 28th at Green Mountain Orchards!

Join the Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District for our plant sale on April 28th at Green Mountain Orchards! We have moved locations due to logistical necessity, and we’re excited to hold the sale in a new space this year. Our offerings include plants for their landscape value, conservation value, revegetation value, and food value, for ourselves, bird species and other wildlife. The best way to maximize your planting success is to match the right plant with the correct soil and light conditions. If you have any questions, contact the Conservation District at 802-689-3024 or

Here is our order form for this year – If you are interested in ordering plants, please mail it to us along with a check for your order: 2018 Order Form

Below is the information about our sale and all of the species we are offering this year.

Notes:

  • All nursery stock is bare root. Trees and shrub stock are delivered in a dormant state; this prevents transport shock. Plants may appear brown and leafless but once planted will quickly produce green leaves and shoots. Bare root stock plants should be planted immediately.
  • Herbaceous Perennials die down to ground level each autumn/winter and start to re-grow the following spring. They normally increase in size each year, because they will be re-starting life with a larger root system left over from the previous year. Most perennials are low maintenance. They require little more than basic care which includes fertilizing, mulching and a general overall grooming from time to time.

Orders will be taken until April 13th.  Pick-up of stock will be from 9:00-12:00 at Green Mountain Orchards in Putney. The District will not be responsible for stock once it is removed from the pick-up site and reserves the right to refund money for stock that becomes unavailable. No refunds will be made on any orders not picked up by the designated date.

  • Please note on your calendar the date & time of pickup: Sat. April 28th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Please make a copy of your order form for your records
  • Please send payment with your order
  • Thank you! We look forward to seeing you on April 28th!

 

Conifers

Balsam Fir: (Abies balsamea) A longtime favorite Christmas tree due to its distinctive aroma, sturdy branches, symmetrical shape, and excellent needle retention. Nine to ten years in the field are required to produce a 6-7 foot tree. The Balsam has soft flattened blue-green needles up to 1 inch long. It can be used for pulpwood. Moose and whitetail deer browse the foliage, chickadees, nutcrackers, squirrels and porcupines eat the seeds. Grouse use fir forests for cover and obtains food from the needles. Soil: moist, well-drained loams; avoid planting in low areas.

Light: full sun but tolerates shade. Mature Height: 40 to 60 feet. Zones: 4-6

Northern White Cedar: (Thuja occidentalis) Also called American Arborvitae, this tree’s medium size and flat, scale-like foliage makes it a very popular tree for landscape, hedge and windbreak use. Rot resistant wood is soft, light-colored, durable and aromatic. Its pyramidal growth pattern is easily shaped.  Red squirrel and many songbirds consume its seeds. This tree is not typically a Christmas tree. Soil: moist and loamy.

Light: full or 1/2-day sun. Height: mature height is 70 feet. Zones: 3-8

Blue Spruce: (Picea Pungens) Also known as Colorado Spruce or Silver Spruce, is used commonly as a Christmas tree, as well as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens. Blue Spruces prefer moist soil.

Light: full sun. Mature Height: 80-100 ft. Zones: 2-7

 

Wildlife/Songbird/Revegetation Shrubs and Trees

Red Osier Dogwood: (Cornus Sericea) Red Osier Dogwood, or American Dogwood, is a deciduous shrub with a rounded shape, often used as a screen, shrub border, ornamental plant, or for soil and streambank stabilization. Its bark turns red in Autumn, making it a striking plant during winter. Tolerant of dry sites and very adaptable, but prefers wet areas along streams and ponds. Small white flowers bloom in late May to early June. The fruit is popular with Turkey, Ruffed Grouse, Pheasants, and other birds.

Light: full sun to light shade. Mature Height: 6-10 ft. tall with an equal or greater spread. Zones: 2-7

Serviceberry/Juneberry: (Amelanchier Alnifolia) Also called Western Shadbush, Saskatoon Serviceberry, or Pidgeon Berry. Native to North America and very adaptable to most soil types, but prefers moist soils in swamps and thickets. Autumn colors are deep orange to red.  Flowers are white with 2″ to 4″ long petals, and bloom in dense groups in early spring for a short time.  Fruit is dark purple, 1/3 inch in diameter, and is often used in pies, jellies, wines and cider. Popular with Ruffed Grouse, Dove, Woodpeckers, and other birds.

Light: Prefers full sun. Mature Height: 10-20 ft. Zones: 3-7

Lilac: (Syringia Vulgaris) Aromatic purple flowers are produced in spring. Good for screen.  Lilacs produce fragrant flowers in shades of lavender, deep purple and white that bloom primarily in May but the different varieties could prolong bloom time up to six weeks.  Lilac bushes can live for hundreds of years. Lilacs will grow in a wide variety of soil types and prefer neutral to slightly acidic soil. Lilacs need very little maintenance. They transplant very easily.

Light: Prefers full sun but is also fine in partial shade. Mature Height: 6-32 ft. Zones: 3-7

Elderberry: (Sambucus Canadensis) A very vigorous fast growing multi-stemmed shrub. This is a very good wetland plant. Elderberry grows clusters of bluish-black berries, which appear in late summer. The blue or purple berries are gathered and made into elderberry wine, jam, syrup and pies. Game birds, squirrels and other animals feed on the fruit or foliage. Elderberry is planted because of its forage and ground cover value, productivity, adaptability, ease of establishment, and streambank stabilization.

Soil: Does best in moist soils although will tolerate dry soils. Light: sun to partial shade. Height: 5-12 feet with a spread of 68 feet. Zones: 4-7

 

 

Fruit Trees

Pears – plant 2 varieties for cross-pollination

 

Honeycrisp Apple: This crisp, juicy, sweet-tart apple has a rich flavor that has made it “#1” in taste panels. The fruit averages 3 inches and up, matures ten days before Red Delicious and stores well. Outstanding winter hardiness gives this variety excellent potential for northern growing regions.  Honeycrisp is moderately resistant to apple scab. Tree is late blooming. The fruit is mostly orange-red with a yellow background.

Zones: 3-9

 

Macoun Apple: An excellent dessert apple with characteristics similar to McIntosh. Macoun is recognized in the Northeast for its high quality. Flesh is white, firm and juicy. A top choice for the roadside market and pick-your-own trade. Tree is upright in habit, requiring lots of thinning to maintain annual cropping.

Zones: 4-8

Granny Smith Apple: A late-season, green, tart apple, maturing in early November. Develops a red blush in the Northeast. High-quality tart eating apple with a storage life equal to Fuji.

Zones: 5-8

Bartlett Pear: A large, heavy-bearing variety with excellent quality. Long considered one of the choicest canning varieties, Bartlett accounts for about 75 percent of the pear production in the United States and Canada. Bartlett requires cross pollination and ripens in late August.

Zones: 5-9

Sunrise Pear: A disease-resistant pear introduced by USDA–ARS and OSU, Sunrise has shown impressive resistance to fire blight. The fruit color is yellow, often finishing with a slight blush and very little russet. Sunrise harvests two weeks before Bartlett and will store for two to three months.

Zones: 5-8

Rich May Peach: This is an early ripening peach variety. The fruit is medium in size, clingstone, highly colored and very firm. The tree is vigorous and productive under Pennsylvania conditions. This is one of the best flavored of the early season varieties.

Zones: 5-9

 

Fruits and Vegetables

Blueberries– it’s best to plant 2 varieties for good cross-pollination

 

Annapolis Strawberry: Firm, large berry, with a good flavor and good for freezing. Resistant to red stele.

Zones: 3-8

Honeoye Strawberry:  Great for beginners and home gardeners. A firm fruit with good flavor, excellent for freezing.

Zones: 3-8

Jewel Strawberry: (Mid-season) Jewel has large berries with superb quality and flavor.  Number one seller for mid-season. Jewel performs well over a wide range of growing conditions. Plants are winter hardy and vigorous. Great for home gardening due to its overall quality and consistent performance.

Zones 4-8.

Clancy Strawberry: Vigorous grower with dark red berries, firm fruit with good flavor.

Zones: 4-8

Latham Raspberry: An heirloom raspberry variety, recommended for home gardeners and pick-your-own. Berries have moderate firmness, good taste, and are good for freezing. Excellent winter hardiness.

Zones: 3-8

Jewel Black Raspberry: Plant produces large, glossy fruit, great for jams and jellies. Good winter hardiness.

Zones: 5-8

 

Heritage Raspberry: Heirloom raspberry plant recommended for home growers. Excellent winter hardiness.

Zones: 4-8

Duke Blueberry: This plant produces high yields of good quality berries. Very firm with good winter hardiness.

Zones: 4-7

Northland Blueberry: This plant produces very flavorful medium-sized, dark blue fruit.

Zones: 3-7

Jersey Blueberry: Leading commercial blueberry plant variety with high yields. Excellent for freezing, with excellent flavor and winter-hardiness.

Zones: 4-7

Pink Champagne Currant: The tastiest currant on the market for fresh eating! Plant produces a pink berry with excellent flavor that stands up well to freezing. Resistant to mildew.

Zones: 3-7

Horseradish Root: We have selected the horseradish strain “Big Top” for its size, vigor; wide adaptability and resistance to foliage diseases, rust and bacterial spot (all common problems in horseradish). These horseradish plants are top performers; a few roots will last a lifetime! Zones: 4-8.

Jersey Knight Asparagus: This is extremely vigorous, has large succulent spears and quickly attracts a loyal following. The flavor is excellent, and the plant is resistant to rust, crown rot and fulsarium. It does better in heavy or clay like soils. Zones 3-8.

 

Perennials

Columbine (Aquilegia Mckana) Hybrids Mixture: Late spring to early summer. Attracts butterflies and is deer and rodent resistant. Mixture of dark pink outer petals with white inner petals, light pink outer petals with white inner petals, and white outer and inner petals. Makes great long-lasting cut flowers.

Light: full sun or partial shade. Zones: 2-9.

Swamp Milkweed (Ascelpias Incarnata) Cinderella: Summer to fall. *Attracts bees!* Also attracts butterflies and is deer and rodent resistant. Lovely dark pink and white coloring. Virtually hassle-free, flowers for up to 3 months.

Light: full sun. Zones: 3-9

Chinese Astilbe (Astilbe Chinensis) Maggie Daley: Mid to late summer. Deer and rodent resistant. Deep pink color. Later variety, great for extending the season.

Light: Partial sun or shade. Zones: 3-9

Turtlehead (Chelone Obliqua Rosea): Late summer to fall. Attracts butterflies. Light pink.

Light: full sun or partial shade. Zones: 3-9

Tickseed (Coreopsis Verticaillata) Moonbeam: Summer to fall. Attracts butterflies and is deer and rodent resistant. Deep yellow color.

Light: full sun. Zones: 4-9

Globe Thistle (Echinops Ritro) Vetch’s Blue: Summer to fall. Attracts butterflies and is deer and rodent resistant. This cultivar is a repeat bloomer with vivid purplish-blue blooms; great for dried arrangements.

Light: full sun. Zones: 2-9

Crane’s Bill Geranium – Johnson’s Blue: Early to mid-summer. This geranium with pure blue flowerd has deeply divided leaves. Attracts butterflies and is deer and rodent resistant.

Light: full sun or partial shade. Zones: 2-9

Ox- Eye (Heliopsis Helianthoides) Summer Sun: Summer to fall. These yellow blooms are native, found east of the Mississippi. Benefits from regular de-heading. Attracts butterflies, deer and rodent resistant.

Light: full sun. Zones: 2-9

Hosta Blue Mountains (Plantain Lily): Summer. One of the best intense, attractive blue-grey heart-shaped leaves with large white flowers. Deer resistant.

Light: Partial sun or shade. Zones: 3-9

Hosta Royal Standard (Plantain Lily): Late summer to fall. Forms large mounds of glossy, sun-resistant green leaves. Fragrant pure-white flowers, drought-tolerant.

Light: Partial sun or shade. Zones: 2-9

Siberian Iris (Iris Sibirica) Concord Crush: Early summer. Attracts butterflies and is deer and rodent resistant. Double Siberian Iris with blue petals that curl.

Light: Full sun to partial shade. Zones: 3-9

Garden Peony (Peonia Lactiflora) Sarah Bernhardt: Late spring to early summer, this old fashioned favorite bears gigantic pink double blooms. Attracts butterflies, is deer and rodent resistant.

Light: Full sun. Zones: 3-8

Poppy (Papaver Orientale) Arc De Triomphe: Late spring to mid-summer. Attracts butterflies and is deer and rodent resistant. Bright red color.

Light: Full sun. Zones: 2-9

Garden Phlox (Phlox Amplifolia) Hercules: Late summer. Light pink and white. Largest flower head and most disease-resistant Phlox available! Attracts butterflies.

Light: Full sun. Zones: 4-8

Balloon Flower (Platycodon Grandiflorus) Sentimental Blue: Summer. Dwarf variety that is a very prolific bloomer of inflated buds that open to blue star flowers.

Light: Full sun. Zones: 3-9

Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum Odoratum) Variegatum: Spring. This all-season perennial has greenish-white flowers in late spring and variegated foliage throughout the growing season.

Light: Partial sun or shade. Zones: 3-9

Lungwort (Pulmonaria Saccharata) Mrs. Moon: Spring. Deer and rodent resistant. Medium green leaves speckled with silver. Magenta buds that open to bright blue bell flowers.

Light: Partial sun or shade. Zones: 3-9

Prairie Mellow (Sidalcea Oregana) Brilliant: Mid to late summer. Tall but sturdy stems of carmine-red blooms will re-bloom if cut back after first run of blooms.

Light: Full sun to partial shade. Zones: 4-7

Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra Cucullaria): Fall. Native plant. Deer and rodent resistant. Native plant that can spread well in a woodland setting.

Light: Partial sun or shade. Zones: 3-8

Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia Virginica): Spring. Native wildflower. Deer and rodent resistant.

Light: Partial sun or shade. Zones: 3-8

Wake-Robin (Trillium Luteum) Yellow: Spring. Native flower. Deer and rodent resistant. Dainty yellow flower with a skirt of three mottled leaves.

Light: Partial sun or shade. Zones: 4-8

 

 

Supplies

Vispore Tree Mats: Stops weeds for 3 years, mats are 3’x3’ and block 92% of the sunlight to kill existing weeds and grasses. Over 400 micro funnels cover each square inch of the mat that allows water to trickle through to the soil.

Plantskydd Soluble Repellent: Animal repellent developed in Sweden and now made in USA from 100% natural ingredients.  It is non-toxic and is not harmful to animals or the environment when used as directed.  It has been proven effective in extensive field trials against deer, elk, moose, rabbits and opossum.

Plantskydd Granular-Repellent: Best for: rabbits, voles, chipmunks and squirrels.  It is rain resistant- no need to apply after every rainfall.

Viterra Agri-gel: Super absorbent formulation which, added to water, forms slurry. Used as a root dip prior to planting, slurry will cling to the roots and act as a reservoir of water for plants. Rate: 1 ounce/gallon of water.