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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 or call phone: 802-528-4176. We look forward to seeing you and your trees!

Pick-up details

Pick-up will be from 8:30am – 1:00pm on Saturday, May 2nd at the Franklin County Fair Grounds (294 Airport Rd., Highgate, VT). This year the Montgomery Conservation Commission is also offering a pickup option in Montgomery (see below.) Any orders not picked up as arranged will be forfeited; if you cannot make the pick-up time please make arrangements with a friend or neighbor.

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

Our tree sale relies on a dedicated team of volunteers. The day of the sale volunteers retrieve orders for customers, track inventory, manage our table of educational materials, clean the barn, and more. We also need help pre-bagging orders in the week before the sale. Volunteers receive 20% off their order! We are also looking for volunteers any time of year to serve on the Board, glean produce from farms, monitor water quality in streams, or plant trees. To volunteer, call 802-528-4176 or email Thank you!

How are your trees growing? Get $2 off for completing our survey!

Your data will help us figure out how to help increase survivorship and successful growth of your trees, and it may provide the opportunity for outside organizations to sponsor trees (improving their carbon footprint and providing you with more free trees!) Read more here, or take the survey!

Free trees available for restoration projects

If you are interested in planting 50 or more trees and shrubs, you may be eligible for free or discounted trees!

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

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. We are proud to source almost exclusively from Vermont and New York, with only occasional gaps filled by growers in other regions. This ensures the trees we sell you will be appropriate for our climate, and supports our local land-based economy. In 2018 we sold 5,300 stems of 46 different species to over 150 customers. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you and your trees this year!
Order Online

Order online with your credit/debit card, by calling 528-4176, or by printing the order form and mailing it to us with your check. Or stop by the office!

Survivorship Survey

Complete our survey, and receive $2 off your order! Thank you!

Planting Tips & Info

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.


Trout Sale

Order rainbow or native brook trout for stocking you pond!


Grow Mushrooms!

Buy supplies for growing your own winecap or shiitake mushrooms, and sign up for our April workshop!