We all need trees: they filter the water and clean the air; they lower cooling costs and mitigate flooding; they add beauty and value to a property; and they provide habitat and food for fauna. Start thinking about adding trees and shrubs to your landscape. Keep Carbondale Beautiful will be selling native trees and shrubs at the Carbondale Town Square Pavilion (northeast corner of Main and Illinois) on Saturday, March 23, from 9 am to 2 pm.
Although KCB will special order other plants, they specialize in those native to the area, which means they are better suited to the local environment, thus more likely to thrive, and provide essential habitat for native birds and butterflies. Two nurseries supply plants: Forrest Keeling in Missouri has a wide variety of plants. Tabor Nursery is closer and, for this sale, promises “some really nice black gum, bald cypress, water tupelo, bur oak, cherry bark oak, and water hickory.”
The Keep Carbondale Beautiful website <keepcb.org/tree-sale> lists all the trees that will be for sale, plus suggestions of other natives that are hard to find and can be ordered. The trees (5-6’ tall) sell for $30 and shrubs for $20 each (all in 3-gallon containers). Pre-ordered trees get a discount. March 17th is the deadline for all special and pre-orders, which can include non-natives. Contact KCB at 618-525-5525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.