Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with the Ellsworth Garden Club to offer an online sale of native trees, shrubs, perennials and other plants that support pollinators and wildlife. Online orders may be placed at https://hancockcountyswcd.org/shop or people may pick up a plant catalog and order form in the HCSWCD newsletter. Eighteen specially selected items may be purchased at discounted prices for orders received by St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.  After that date orders may still be placed at the regular price while supplies last.  Pick up for all orders will be at the annual Pink Tulip Festival at Donald Little Park, State Street on May 18. 

Sale plants have been chosen because of their functional attraction for pollinators and wildlife as well as their contributions to particular types of habitat.  For instance, both Turtlehead and Marsh Marigold are attractive to bees and good shoreland stablizers as well.  Shrubs offering erosion control along with pollinator friendly blooms and/or fruits attractive to birds include Bayberry, Sweet Pepper bush, Red Chokeberry, Nannyberry, Ninebark and Persian Lilac.  Trees on offer range in size from larger shade trees–Red Oak, Sugar and Red Maples to more moderately sized River Birch, Mountain Ash and Sargent Crabapples. 

Planting instructions will accompany all sale purchases and a qualified arborist will be present a pick up to answer further questions.  For more information contact Zack Steele at zsteele@hancockcountyswcd.org or 667-8663.