PARIS — The Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District is offering native plants for beginning to advanced gardeners throughout Oxford County and the surrounding area. 

Nearly 1,500 species of native plants are found in Maine. They provide food, fiber and habitat for wildlife and humans. In addition, OCSWCD can provide information on growing specific types of gardens, including pollinator, rain fragrance and wildlife support gardens, edible plants and species that are best for dry, wet or coastal areas and erosion control.

This year’s list includes many choices of flowering perennials, ferns, vines, groundcovers, edible plants, shrubs and trees. Some favorites include American blue vervain, bugbane, checkerberry, northern bayberry, pussy willow, and sweetfern; several varieties of lowbush and highbush blueberries, cranberries and black raspberries; and deciduous and evergreen seedlings are being offered, with an emphasis on native species which are not host trees for emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle.

The native plant order form is available by contacting OCSWCD. All orders must be received by April 28 and pickup day will be May 6 at the Hooker Family Farm Open House, 195 Pleasant St., Oxford.

FMI, order: 207-744-3119, [email protected], www.wildflower.org.

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