ABOUT THE ANNUAL TREE SALE

HOW IT WORKS

We have two main ways to order from the Tree Sale: online (recommended) or by paper form.

For 2022, all paper order forms are due by February 28th. Order forms can be found here or in your mailbox along with a hard copy of our newsletter if you've signed up to receive it! Email info@FranklinCountyNRCD.org to be added to the paper mailing list for future years!

This year, all online orders are due April 1st, with a possible online extension if additional inventory remains. 

 All orders are first come, first served.

Payment must be received to reserve your order. 

We recommend paying by check (mail or deliver to our office), but we also offer online payment if you're ordering online!

If paying by check, please make it out to Franklin County NRCD and mail to us at:

Franklin County NRCD

50 South Main Street Suite B20

St. Albans, Vermont 05478

*Inventory is subject to change based on source nursery stock availability dependent on weather and other conditions. We may contact you to alter your order. Thank you for understanding!*

All items are bare-root (not container or ball & burlap) and will fit in a small bag. There is no need for a truck or trailer to pick up your order. 

 

There is no warranty on any plant. Check your order for quality and accuracy at pickup. No refunds will be granted once the plants have left the pickup site. Follow all care instructions.

Pickup Information

Pickups happen in Highgate (at the Franklin County Field Days Grounds on Airport Road in Highgate) and Montgomery (Location to be determined by Montgomery Conservation Commission).

For 2022, pickup dates are: afternoon-evening Friday May 6th and morning-mid-day Saturday May 7th. 

Updates are emailed in April, please keep an eye out for a note from us! Phone calls will only be made if necessary. 

What is a bare root plant?
Just like last year, our annual Tree Sale offers only one style of plant this year: bare root.

These plants are made by rooting cuttings or suckers from a plant, or from planting a

seed. At the nursery, plants are dug up while they are dormant. It is normal to not see

any leaves or buds on a bare root plant, unless it is an evergreen. Bare root plants carry

less risk of spreading diseases and insects, since there is no soil and minimal leaf matter.

Bare roots are also lightweight, economical, and easy to plant. 


We will have your order ready and bagged with the roots covered in damp sawdust,

shavings, newspaper, or sand. Keep the plants in the bag in a shady location until they

are ready for planting- it does not take long for air and wind to dry out the roots. Since

these plants are young, you can expect them to transplant well with minimal care compared to a large tree or shrub. It's best not to fertilize within their first year to prevent shock and encourage roots to seek out food and water. Variety-specific recommendations can be found at FranklinCountyNRCD.org. 

Wildlife Shelters 
*NEW for 2022*
Bat Houses: Vermont has FIVE bat species that are threatened or endangered. Provide critical roosting and brooding habitat with a bat house. Information from VT Fish & Wildlife is included.
Bird Houses: Help provide bird habitat with a house! We're offering standard Bluebird Houses  or contact the District about specialty bird houses for other bird species (limited quantity).
Insect Shelters: Provide habitat to multiple insect species like bees, lacewings, butterflies, ladybugs, and more! Support pollinators and even receive some natural pest control benefits! 

About Fruit Trees

Pollination
In early spring before their leaves have unfurled, branches of fruit trees are generously decorated in showy, wonderfully aromatic flowers representative of the Rose family. They bloom from March to May. Flowers are typically open for 2 weeks. Times of bloom are generally classified as early, mid, or late. Pick a full flush of bloom periods, or pick a few that all bloom together. 

Fertilization

Self-fertile: They can fertilize themselves. They can also fertilize most other varieties

Self-sterile: Require another variety's pollen for any fruit.

Most varieties are in-between these two categories. You will get some fruit with only one tree, but having a mix of pollen sources from multiple trees and/or multiple species will give best results. 

Some Local Nurseries for Other Plants and Supplies
River Berry Farm 191 Goose Pond Rd, Fairfax. 802-849-6853
H&B Greenhouse & Nursery  1213 Highgate Road, Highgate Center. 802-868-3604
Breezy Acres Garden Center 1904 Sheldon Road, St. Albans. 802-524-4141
Hudak Farm Stand and Greenhouse 599 St. Albans Road, Swanton. 802-527-1147
Shumway's Landscaping and Nursery 11 Spring Street, Swanton. 802-868-2334
Beaver Meadow Greenhouses 2107 Montgomery Road, East Berkshire. 802-933-4116
Champlain Island's Nursery 183 Boutah Road, Alburgh. 802-796-3021
Grand Isle Nursery 50 Ferry Road, South Hero. 802-372-8805
Canamak Farms 336 US Route 2, Grand Isle. 802-372-8258
Lussier's Greenhouse 3532 Vermont Route 78, Highgate Center 802-868-0888
Fairfax Perennial Farm 7 Blackberry Hill, Fairfax. 802-849-2775

 

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The Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District has been holding a spring tree sale at least as long as our Board can remember – and that goes back to 1978! The primary goal is to make native trees and backyard fruit trees affordable and accessible in our community, and it is also a fundraiser for our conservation programs and education.

In 2021, we sold ~9,000 stems of 44 different species to 300 customers. Thank you for your support!

For 2022, we are excited to launch our sales in December! Based on our experience last year, we wanted to give everyone the chance to order before the holidays and get their trees reserved early! We've got a great set of returning and new plants and other items to consider this year and we hope you'll continue to support our annual sale!

Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at: info@FranklinCountyNRCD.org or calling 802-528-4176.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Brian Carlson, 2020

The tree sale not only creates an affordable site to purchase trees, there is a sense of hope and wellness in the act of planting. Thank you for that opportunity and being there. Looking forward to pick up and eventually birds in the branches.

Pick-up was very well laid out!!! I feel this was just an overall well-planned and laid-out sale under existing conditions and some of the changes that had to be made leading up to the final sale. Great sale!

George E Boutah, 2020

Always receive good service. Very impressed this year by service and care to continue program and protect everyone during coronavirus.

Bill Brooks, 2020

Brian Carlson, 2020

Your service and devotion to the cause of living things, including humans, strikes me as wonderous. Thank you for making the tree pickup more convenient. Your arrangements save gasoline and reduce pollution as a bonus. Thank you!

Love getting more plants for our homestead - thank you!

Michael Perry, 2020

Jeannie was super pleasant and great with the communication. A great first experience for me!

Genevieve Lodal-Guild, 2020