Tree and Plant Sale in New Location
The fall sale of native trees and plants, held by Green Earth and Keep Carbondale Beautiful, will be at a new location on October 5. Carbondale’s Town Square Pavilion, on the northeast corner of Main Street (Route 13) and Illinois Avenue (Route 51), provides both shade and sun, for plants as well as people, in a convenient space with plenty of parking. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Green Earth and Keep Carbondale Beautiful team up for this sale, with KCB selling native trees and shrubs, and Green Earth selling dozens of other native perennials, including grasses and ferns. All plants are grown in the area by Southernwood Gardens, Forrest Keeling Nursery, and Tabor Nursery. Experts will be on hand to advise shoppers on best practices for planting and maintenance.
Check the Keep Carbondale Beautiful website for trees and shrubs expected: order by Sept. 29 and save $5 off the $30 tree price. Shrubs are $20. Special orders (including non-natives and other sizes) are also accepted till Sept. 29.
Planting with natives is an important step in improving the ecological health of urban and suburban neighborhoods, but native species are still hard to find at most local plant retailers. Natives are generally hardier and provide food and shelter for indigenous wildlife. Buying natives that were grown nearby ensures that they are adapted to the local climate.