Spring Tree Sale 2020
Welcome to the Franklin County Conservation District’s annual spring tree sale! The sale is by pre-order only and most items are sold bare-root.
Spring is so close! Time to get ready to plant trees. This sale is a fundraiser for conservation programs such as camp scholarships, property walks, and workshops. Read on to learn about discounts, related events, and our other sales: trout for ponds and mushroom spawn.
We are working out systems to still unite people with their tree orders this spring in the context of COVID-19. As such we are making a few adjustments to our process, including:
- Sales close April 5th at 10pm instead of April 17th. This will give us the extra time needed to organize receipt and distribution of the trees.
- We cannot accept volunteers for our tree sale this year.
- We will be making changes to our pickup system – likely including expanding pickup over a series of days. You may be asked to pickup on a specific day other than Saturday May 2nd. We will keep in touch with all our customers to let you know our plans and your options.
Thank you for your flexibility. We hope you find a sense of hope and wellness in planting trees, shrubs and berries to nourish your families and our natural and human communities.
Our early-bird pricing ended March 14th, but there are still plenty of great trees, shrubs and berries to choose from at great prices. If you’re looking for our early-bird prices next year, check back between mid January and February, or get on our annual mailing list!
PLUS this year we are offering two free trees to our first 100 customers! AND we want to know how the trees you’ve bought from us previously are doing – did the deer hit them in year one? Or are they soaring 30 ft tall? Please fill out our tree survivorship survey – and get $2 off your order!
As always, feel free reach out with any questions. Our office is open via remote only until the COVID-19 Stay Home Stay Safe order is lifted. To reach us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call phone: 802-528-4176. We look forward to seeing you and your trees!
When you come to pick up your trees this year, plan to stay and learn! At tree sale pickup this year we will have:
- tree planting and care demonstrations and information
- a sandbox-style, dynamic stream model
- a “rainfall simulator” showing rain’s erosive power on different soil, crop and lawn types
- farm equipment
- tree protectors, fertilizer pellets, and a limited amount of additional native trees and plants for sale
Thanks to the Missisquoi River Basin Association, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Franklin & Grand Isle Farmers’ Watershed Alliance, and UVM Sea Grant for making this day a festival of learning!
Montgomery Pick-up Option for Tree Sale
The Montgomery Conservation Commission is again offering a satellite pick-up location for our spring tree sale. Simply write clearly “Montgomery pickup” on your order, and the Conservation Commission will bring it to the Public Safety building at 86 Mountain Rd., Montgomery Center for pickup between 11:30am-2:30pm on Saturday, May 2nd. All other orders will be at the Fair Grounds on Airport Rd in Highgate, as usual.
Volunteer and receive up to 20% off your order
How are your trees growing? Get $2 off for completing our survey!
Free trees available for restoration projects
Planting trees alongside streams is one of the most important things we need to do to restore fishable, swimmable waters in Franklin County, so there are a number of funding sources the District can help you access to do that. Stream-side tree plantings provide shade that cools the stream’s water temperature, reduce streambank erosion, provide wildlife habitat on the banks, and allow the stream to access its floodplains.
Stream-side aren’t the only areas that may be eligible for free trees. If you are interested in planting windbreaks, shade trees for livestock, wetland restorations, agroforestry projects, or other medium- to large-scale plantings contact the District. Routine Christmas tree plantings are generally not eligible.
Depending on your site, you may be eligible for free trees, site design, installation, and possibly even payments to you as the landowner! Call 528-4176 or email Jeannie to learn more.
Related Sales - Mushrooms and Trout
Grow Your Own Mushrooms and Build Soil
Part of what gives mushrooms their rich flavors is the high concentration of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they contain. And, with a little care, you can grow your own! Mushrooms also build fungal networks in the soil that can improve neighboring plants’ access to vital nutrients. This year we’re offering spawn for shiitake mushrooms, which are grown on logs, and wine cap mushrooms, which are grown in woodchip mulch. Wine caps grow well under raspberries, in garden borders, or other areas you might mulch anyway. Check out our Mushroom Growing page to learn more!
Raise Trout in your Pond
Every spring the District offers trout for stocking ponds. Bags of 25 6-8″ fish are sold for pick-up, and lots of 50 10-12″ fish can be delivered to your pond. Check out our Trout Sale page to learn more!
History of the Franklin County Tree Sale
Complete our survey, and receive $2 off your order! Thank you!
Make sure you’re ready for your trees and berries with both general and species-specific planting and care information.
See full descriptions of all the trees, shrubs, and wildflower seed mixes we offer.
Order rainbow or native brook trout for stocking you pond!
Buy supplies for growing your own winecap or shiitake mushrooms, and sign up for our April workshop!