Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Berks County Conservation District Tree Seedling Sale, Education Programs April 20

Everyone is welcome to join the Berks County Conservation District at its annual Tree Seedling Sale on April 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport (look for signs on County Welfare Road).  The deadline for orders is February 23.
Although winter has just started, it is never too early to begin thinking about spring!
The tree seedling sale offers a wide variety of conifers, trees, shrubs, and a growing selection of fruit producing plants. Other items available include planting bars, fertilizer pellets, wildflower seed, wildlife boxes, rain barrels, and five-foot tree shelters.
Recently added items include the Montmorency Cherry, tree watering bags, and wood duck, bluebird, and bat houses. All the favorites from last year are still available too.
Education Programs
During our Seedling Sale event on April 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. join the BCCD and the Penn State Extension Berks Master Gardeners at ‘Backyard Basics’ as we explore conservation topics and discuss helpful “backyard” tips! The always popular “Ask a Master Gardener” booth will be answering those tough gardening questions.
The celebration also includes our PAINT THE RAIN: Rain Barrel Decorating Contest. Preview rain barrels painted by Berks County high school students and vote for your favorite! Also, on display will be the posters created by our area students to illustrate this year’s theme:  Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.
This year we will have Food Trucks on site so come out and enjoy food from local Food Trucks! Smokehouse Food Truck will be there from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m .and Whistlin’ Dixie BBQ will be there from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Proceeds from our annual Seedling Sale benefit the Berks County Conservation District’s Scholarship Fund. These scholarships are awarded to students who wish to continue their college education with the intent of majoring in environmental science, forestry, agriculture, engineering or related studies.
How To Order
Place your order today to plant some trees this spring and send someone to college!
For more information and to place a seedling order, visit the Tree Seedling Sale webpage or call 610-372-4657 to request your copy of the brochure and order form. The deadline to place an order is February 23. Excess plant inventory will be available for purchase during pick up on April 20, supplies will be limited.
For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Berks County Conservation District website.

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