Monday, February 5, 2024

Annual Seedling Sale Benefits Sweet Arrow Lake County Park

In anticipation of the 49th Annual Seedling Sale, green thumbs and nature enthusiasts are gearing up for an opportunity to enhance their landscapes while supporting Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. 

The seedling sale, a longstanding tradition, offers a diverse selection of trees and shrubs, promising benefits ranging from increased property value to the beautification of the environment.

To participate in this eco-friendly endeavor, interested individuals must place their orders by the deadline of Saturday, March 23, 2024. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Please note that no cancellations or refunds will be entertained after the deadline.

The much-anticipated drive-thru pick-up is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the small pavilion located in the Waterfall Road parking area. Visitors will pass the large pavilion, which will be occupied by another group, and can follow the signs for smooth navigation. The address for pick-up is 48 Waterfall Road, Pine Grove.

Organized by "Porcupine Pat" and Kathy Stefanick, the event promises healthy, bare-root seedlings upon pick-up, with a gentle reminder that no guarantees are offered after this date.

The seedlings available at the sale serve multiple purposes, from enhancing wildlife habitats to providing potential income. Among the impressive selection are the following:

  1. Eastern White Pine (3-year-old seedlings, 5-10"): A great ornamental or Christmas tree with soft, long blue-green needles. Ideal for wildlife cover and adaptable to ordinary soil, average moisture, and full sun.
  2. Norway Spruce (4-year-old seedlings, 1-2 ft): The fastest-growing of all spruces, forming a pyramidal shape with strong, graceful branches covered in dark green needles. An ideal windbreaker that thrives in full sun and various soils.
  3. Eastern Redcedar (2-year-old seedlings, 3-6"): A pyramidal evergreen growing up to 50 feet, featuring medium green needles and ornamental grayish to reddish-brown bark.
  4. River Birch (2-year-old seedlings, 4-8"): A native Pennsylvania tree known for its ornamental peeling bark, easily transplantable, and quick to grow in various soils.
  5. Catalpa (2-year-old seedlings, 1-2 ft): Featuring large, attractive deciduous leaves, showy flowers attracting bees and hummingbirds, and long cylindrical pods with tufted seeds. Grows to 40-60 feet tall.
  6. Sugar Maple (2-year-old seedlings, 6-12"): A landscape standout with medium to dark-green leaves turning spectacular colors in fall. Ideal for well-drained, moderately moist, fertile soil.
  7. Washington Hawthorn (2-year-old seedlings, 4-8"): A deciduous tree known for attractive flowers, bright red fruits, straight thorns, and fall color. Grows 25 to 30 feet tall.
  8. Swamp White Oak (2-year-old seedlings, 12-24"): Known for producing a large crop of acorns every 3-5 years, a great choice for shade or street trees.
  9. Red Bud (3-year-old seedlings, 12-24"): A small tree with abundant purple blossoms in spring, large heart-shaped leaves in summer, and long seed pods in fall.
  10. Pin Oak (2-year-old seedlings, 12-24"): Among the most widely planted and fastest-growing native oaks, tolerant of drought and poor soils.
  11. Black Chokeberry Shrub (2-year-old seedlings, 5-10"): A deciduous shrub with white flowers, black fruits, and bold red fall foliage. Suitable for full sun or partial shade.
  12. Buttonbush (2-year-old seedlings, 5-10"): An easily recognizable bush growing in water or moist soil, with beautiful flowers and fruits, perfect for slopes and butterfly gardens.*
For more information or to place your order, contact "Porcupine Pat" at 570.391.3326 or, or Kathy Stefanick at 570.345.4963.

Invest in the future, make your landscape flourish, and show your support for Sweet Arrow Lake County Park at the 49th Annual Seedling Sale. Don't miss out on this opportunity to contribute to the beauty and sustainability of our community.