It's still snow-covered and cold outside, but you can help wish away the winter with your order of this year's native plants, for spring pick-up and planting. Here are some of this year's local sources. The deadlines will come sooner than you think, so act quickly to reserve your plants.
Friends of Ecological and Environmental Learning (FEEL)
When and where: For sale online until March 31, for pickup at Haliburton Highlands Brewery on May 15.
What's on offer: individual plants (trees, shrubs, and wildflower perennials), or themed bundles (Climate Change Tree bundle, Pollinator bundle, Upland bundle, Shoreline Shrub bundle).
When and where: For sale online until April 19, for pickup at Abbey Gardens on the Victoria Day weekend (May 22-24).
What's on offer: Abbey Gardens, in cooperation with CHA, is once again offering their native "garden kits": the Open Shoreline kit, the Forest Garden kit, and the Pollinator Garden kit.
Abbey Gardens will also be offering their Shoreline Naturalization Workshops ($15). The first is scheduled for April 17 (in time to order one or more of the above kits), and you can book online here. Check the website for other workshop dates, or sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haliburton Master Gardeners
Haliburton Master Gardeners tentatively plan a native plant sale date May 29, subject to COVID-related changes. More information will be available on the website as the date gets closer.
In the meantime, see the article Go Wild, written by Master Gardener Carolyn Langdon in Home In The Highlands, where she discusses the advantages of "wildscaping", and includes a list of good sources for native plants.