Friday, April 19, is the deadline to place your order for these great plants. After last week’s snowstorm, planning your spring planting is a great way to bounce back into the season of new growth and warmer weather.
We are delighted to offer sixteen locally-grown, hardy selections of trees, shrubs, roses, vines, and for the first time ever, a native perennial.
To make your mouth water, we’ve got two different blueberries, a red currant and back by popular demand, ‘Mount Royal’ plum. Harvest these fresh fruits from your yard or deck and enjoy eating local at its finest!
To help fuel our pollinator friends, as well as add beauty to the world, we’re offering a native liatris. We’ve never offered a perennial before, but we’re adding it to our line-up in the hopes of assisting pollinators in their search for food. It is especially loved by monarch butterflies during their fall migration.
We have ‘Fat Albert’ blue spruce, an evergreen to fit smaller urban yards. A maple and elm have often been requested through the years, so we have ‘Princeton’ American elm and ‘Sienna Glen’ maple.
Our hardy shrub rose, ‘Kashmir’ resembles a hybrid tea rose and is a recurrent bloomer that will have buds and blooms when you pick it up, making it an excellent choice for a lovely Mother’s Day gift. ‘Nubia’ clematis, a re-bloomer loved by butterflies, and ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangea, a fragrant hydrangea with either blue or pink flowers depending on soil conditions, will also be blooming when you pick them up.
Fragrant ‘Snow White’ mockorange is always a crowd pleaser and you’ll love seeing the pink flowers of Minnesota strain redbud in early spring. Dwarf Korean lilac will dazzle you with its fragrant red-purple buds that open to pale lilac flowers and ‘Millenium’ azalea is a feast for the senses with its fragrant, deep red flowers.
Trumpet vine, with its showy orange and scarlet flowers beloved by hummingbirds, rounds out our 2019 selections. We choose hardy plants based on size, shape, fragrance, interesting bark and fall color, drought and deer tolerance and look for flowers, seeds and berries to help our pollinating and feathered friends.
Order for yourself, give a living gift to someone else, or donate to a park. We partner with over twenty cities in the metropolitan area to facilitate donations to parks. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that has been promoting and protecting parks, trails, and open space for 34 years. Memberships and donations to parks are fully tax-deductible.
Order deadline is April 19. Pickup is May 4, 9:00am to 1:00pm at 2015 Van Dyke Street in Maplewood. Orders can be placed and donations to parks can be made at https://shop.friendsoftheparks.org/annual-tree-sale/