Native Plants from the Connecticut Conservation Districts

One way to improve the diversity of the plant offerings in your landscape is to plant natives. Native plants, shrubs and trees do a bang up job of attracting native insects which, in turn, help feed native birds and pollinators that will improve yields of edible and ornamental flora in your gardens.

Read more on native plants in In Search of Natives, an article I wrote for Connecticut Gardener.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConnecticut gardeners have a wonderful opportunity to purchase many native plants, shrubs and trees through the various Connecticut Conservation Districts’ plant sales. Follow this link and click on the district in which you are located to find the plant sale specifics of your region.

Those of you in my district, The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, can download the plant sale brochure here. There are many, difficult to locate, native shrubs and trees available in the brochure. Before ordering check out the photo/info database for each plant so you know their needs and characteristics. I’m quite impressed that they have Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) and American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’) among the natives offered this year.

Proceeds from the plant sale support the many conservation and water quality programs offered by the Connecticut Conservation Districts. But don’t wait … orders must be received by April 1, 2013.

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4 comments for “Native Plants from the Connecticut Conservation Districts

  1. March 23, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Great info! I looked up my district, found out that one of the sale locations is right here in town, and I am now filling out my order. They have carpinus caroliniana, which I wanted, and red buckeye, and so many hard to find native plants that are on my list! Thanks for this post.

    • March 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Laurrie, you are very welcome. They have a better selection of natives than in previous years, which is great. I have a few shrubs – 2 winterberry, 2 bayberry, 4 blueberry – I purchased from them years ago. All have done quite well. The shrubs do not look like beefed up garden center offerings but this should not be a surprise to seasoned gardeners. The plants are healthy and transplant well. I’m so glad you placed an order.

  2. March 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    This article prompted me to look up my own county’s conservation district. Sadly, some of the plants they offer are not native. And is mockorange native? I didn’t think so, but they have it in their native shrub pack. And this notice is at the top of the plant description page: “ALL TREES AND SHRUBS ARE TO BE USED FOR EFFECTIVE CONSERVATION PRACTICES SUCH AS WINDBREAKS, SOIL EROSION, ETC. AND WILL NOT BE PLANTED FOR
    ORNAMENTAL PURPOSES AND WILL NOT BE REMOVED WITH ROOTS ATTACHED FOR SALE.” And yet they offer a perennial flower pack, 10 plants for $19. Do they really expect folks to buy these for soil erosion purposes? I’m scratching my head.

    • March 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Kathy, I wonder if a phone call to the office would explain their reasoning. Makes no sense to me.

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