Spring Tree & Birdhouse Sale to benefit students

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It’s the last day of February and before you know it spring will be here We're getting a taste of the season early on Hello Wisconsin as a tree and plant sale returns to the Chippewa Valley.

Barb Barrickman, President of the Lake Wissota Garden Club joined the show to talk about unique plants that can attract pollinators and wildlife to your yard.

The Chippewa Rod and Gun has held this sale since 1996 with the purpose of improving the diversity of tree and shrub species throughout the Chippewa River and Lake Wissota area. This is the first year that the Lake Wissota Garden Club has partnered with the Chippewa Rod and Gun Club in this project. The primary reason is to promote the availability of native plants at a very reasonable price. The locally sourced bare root plants offered are mostly native varieties which benefit pollinators more than nonnative varieties. As these plants provide both food and shelter for birds and other wildlife plus attract pollinators throughout the growing season the LWGC feels this is an important project.

Both clubs want to promote that using these types of plants in our garden and yards not only beautifies the property but when used as lakeshore plantings can help protect lakes and rivers from pollution runoff and erosion.

The income from the sale funds the projects of the Lake Wissota Garden Club and Chippewa Rod and Gun Club including scholarships for students in conservation and horticulture programs, fish and wildlife habitat improvements, further development of the Irvine Park Wildflower Sanctuary as well as other community gardens throughout Chippewa Falls.

The bare root plants will be offered at 50 cents to $2.75 for trees and shrubs up to 36" high and $1.75 to $10 for trees and shrubs up to 8 feet tall. Homeowners can purchase just one plant or as many as they need.

Orders forms are available on our websites March 1-31 at www.rodngun.org or www.lakewissotagardenclub.weebly.com. Paper order forms will also be available at Gordy's Downtown and Lake Wissota grocery stores, Jacobson's Hardware downtown Chippewa Falls and Lake Wissota locations and other area convenience stores. Orders will then be picked up on Sunday, April 22 (the weekend before Arbor Day) from 9AM-12 noon. Gordy's downtown parking lot in Chippewa Falls is the site of pickup.

Types of Native Plants
American Plum - early spring blossoms and fall fruit
Black Cherry - early spring blossoms and fall fruit
Nannyberry - early spring flowers and fall berries
Serviceberry - early spring and good fruit in June
Red Osier Dogwood - fall berries loved by birds, stabilizes lakeshores
High Bush Cranberry - May flowers, good nesting sites plus fall berries
Gray Dogwood - deer resistant, fall berries loved by birds
Red Maple - late spring flowers/late summer seeds and dense foliage for nesting
Sugar Maple - WI State Tree - late spring/early summer blooms, Aug- Oct. seeds

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