2007-03-08 / About Town

Get a jump on spring planting with seedling sale

Spring doesn't arrive officially until March 21, but the Southern R.I. Conservation District is getting a head start by offering a wide variety of trees, shrubs and plants through its annual seedling sale.

As in the past, plants can be ordered now by using the order form on the district website, www. sricd.org.In addition, printed order forms will be mailed to those who have participated in the sale in the past.

Among the offerings this year are corkscrew willow, white spruce, American arborvitae, black pussy willow, Chinese witch hazel, silver leaf smooth hydrangea, tango weigela, variegated kousa dogwood, vernal witch hazel, creeping phlox mix, red coral bells, variegated pachysandra, two types of early blueberries, everbearing raspberries and groundcover raspberries.

Prices and minimum quantities are listed on the form.

The deadline for placing orders is April 13.

Orders will be filled on a firstcome, first-served basis. Seedling plants are small and can easily fit in the trunk of a car.

Ordered plants will be ready for pickup at the annual East Farm Spring Festival, Saturday, May 12 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Building 63, near the URI Master Gardener Demonstration Vegetable Garden. Dick Donnelly will be there as well, offering heaths, heathers and daylilies for sale.

The festival features Master Gardener plant sales, tours of the farm, children's activities, cooking demonstrations and educational displays by various non-profit organizations and the departments within the College of the Environment and Life Sciences.

East Farm is located on Route 108 in Kingston, 1 mile south of the main traffic light in Kingston. For more information, call 284- 1885.

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