CT River Coastal Conservation District 2023 Native Plant & Plug Sale

Ordering via our webstore is opening today, February 24, for our 2023 CT native plant and plug sale! Check back around 4pm, when we expect our webstore to go live.

Order pick-up for our sale is at the Chester Fairgrounds, Kirtland Terrace, Chester, Pick-ups will be scheduled in advance and will take place, Friday, April 28, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, and Saturday, April 29, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.  If we receive a large number of orders, we may extend pick-up to Sunday, April 30, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm.  Sign-up information for pick-up time slots will be provided when we send sales receipts the week of April 10th.

As a reminder, all plants must be ordered in advance; there will not be any extras available at the Fairgrounds.

Please Note: We have two separate order deadlines this year:
* Conifer plug orders are due no later than March 15, 2023.
* All other orders are due April 2, 2023.

This year’s sale features a wide variety of shrubs, ground covers, edibles, evergreen trees, deciduous trees, flowering perennials, ferns, grasses and sedges. Evergreen trees are being sold as plugs again instead of bare root seedlings; plugs don’t have to be planted immediately, have less transplant shock, and have a greater survival rate. We are also offering a selection of flowering perennial landscape plugs, which can be purchased here in our webstore. These are a low cost and easy way to plant a landscape.

We are excited to again include a variety of Ecoregional shrubs in our 2023 sale. Grown from seeds collected from local sources, these CT native plants evolved here, are better adapted to the local environment, and help preserve local pollinators and other wildlife. We are selling a selection of potted ecoregional deciduous trees in our sale for the first time, including Chestnut, Pin and Red Oaks, as well as Black Birch, Black Gum and Eastern Red Cedar.

As in the past, our plant selections feature a variety of pollinator plants, edible landscaping plants, plants that attract birds and other wildlife, wet-loving plants for rain gardens, and plants suitable for waterside buffer gardens.

Thank you for supporting our annual plant sale, which is our main fundraising event. All proceeds are used for conservation, environmental education, and technical assistance programs.

We look forward to seeing you at the sale!

The following codes are used in the plant descriptions:
E – Edible
CT – Connecticut native plant
DR – Deer resistant
P – Pollinator plant
RG – Good choice for a Rain Garden
EcoR – Ecoregional plant

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