Every spring for over 40 years, the Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation District has conducted its annual fundraiser, selling a variety of bare-root fruit trees, berries and conservation and landscaping shrubs and perennials.

The sale returns this year on Saturday, May 5, with fruit trees, berry plants and landscape shrubs and perennials selected to enhance a property’s health, natural balance, beauty and productivity.

Area residents have until April 30 to pre-order for pick-up May 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Waldo County Tech Center on Route 137, Waldo. The catalog is available on line at waldocountysoilandwater.org. Anyone interested in placing an order may contact Kym Sanderson at 218-5311, or kym.sanderson@me.nacdnet.net, or Aleta McKeage at aleta.waldosoilandwater@gmail.com.

The landscape plants theme is “Wet and Dry: Beautiful natives for rain gardens, wet areas and shorelines.” Popular plants that offer year-round color and interest and that are good substitutes for invasive plants (now banned) are also available. Buttonbush, for example, is a lovely shoreline bush that can stand inundation, and also has beautiful flowers that feed butterflies and retain their form into the winter.

There are several varieties of apple trees, as well as pear and flowering crabapple trees available. These trees (with exception to the pear) are semi-dwarf, bare-root, and all are organically grown by North Branch Farm in Monroe.

Also offered are American chestnut trees, elderberries, highbush blueberries, raspberries and highbush cranberries. For perennials, the Conservation District is offering swamp and butterfly milkweed, summersweet, Virginia rose, buttonbush, bee balm, New England aster, and Miss Kim lilac, among others.

In addition, available for sale on pick-up day will be a variety of annual flowers and vegetable seedlings.

On May 5, the orders will be packed and ready for pick-up at the Tech Center.