Citizens for Conservation's Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale is coming soon. It provides a great opportunity to add native woody plants to your property.
The winter of 2013-14 was one of the worst on record. Have you noticed all the damage to trees and shrubs after last winter’s extreme conditions? If you look closely, you will note that most of the damage was to non-native ornamental species. Trees and other plants native to the Midwest did just fine. Native trees and shrubs evolved in our extreme weather conditions, our soils, our hydrology, and indigenous diseases and insects. They tolerate local conditions and also provide food and shelter for native wildlife.
Since autumn is an ideal time for planting trees and shrubs, now is the time to plan for any additions you want to make to your yard. The cool weather allows the plants to establish roots in their new location before spring rains and summer heat stimulate new top growth. Trees and shrubs planted in the fall need less watering and maintenance than those planted in the spring.
You can take advantage of all these benefits and order native trees and shrubs for your yard directly from CFC. There is a plant available for any niche, habitat, or planting scenario. Plant information will be available on our website citizensforconservation.org in early August. You will find pictures, plant descriptions and growing requirements along with benefits to birds and pollinators. If you have any questions, please contact us at 847-382-SAVE or cfc@CitizensforConservation.org. We are always happy to help.
CFC's Community Education Committee will provide a special presentation of "Native Trees and Shrubs" at the Barrington Village Hall on Tuesday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. We hope you will come to see slides of many of the trees and bushes that will be available at our sale. The program provides useful information on suitable habitat for these native plants. You'll be amazed at the variety and beauty of our native woody plants. Please be sure to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-382-SAVE.
All orders must be placed by Tuesday, September 2 and picked up on Saturday, September 20. If that pick-up date is not possible for you, we will make special arrangements if you contact us. No additional plants will be available on September 20; you must preorder your trees and shrubs. You may place and pay for your order online, download and print the order form to mail to us, or call CFC to receive a paper order form. Plants will be available for pick up at CFC Headquarters on September 20 between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Our address is 459 West Route 22, Barrington. It’s the white farmhouse with a silo across from Good Shepherd Hospital.
Proceeds from the sale are used to further our mission “Saving living space for living things through protection, restoration and stewardship of land, conservation of natural resources, and education." Thank you for your support.