Conservation District plant sale canceled

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:00pm

    In response to the national emergency created by COVID-19 and Maine Governor Janet Mills’ Executive Order of March 31, 2020, which mandates that Maine citizens “Stay Healthy at Home” through at least April 30, the Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors made the difficult decision to cancel our Spring Plant Sale, scheduled for May 2 and 3 at Union Fairgrounds. This includes the public sale and all pre-order sales. Although the sale itself falls outside the current mandate, the preparation for the sale would require hundreds of hours of labor by numerous volunteers in close, sustained contact during the period covered by the mandate.

    This decision reflects what districts around the state and country are also doing and, still, it is a great disappointment to all. Providing food plants for home gardens and native plants for pollinators, other wildlife, as well as soil & water conservation benefits for home landscapes is extremely important to the District. In the end, however, we did not feel we could hold the sale and ensure the health of volunteers, customers and staff.

    All customers who placed a pre-order will receive a refund. Thank you for your understanding in supporting this decision and look forward to a healthy and prosperous sale in 2021. Our office is currently closed but we are monitoring phone messages and email. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 596-2040 or email and we will respond as soon as possible. Please check our website at for more information about this and other programs and to receive a plant sale catalog in 2021.