A Little Time and a Keyboard: Chicago Suburban Native Plant Sales 2021

Chicago Suburban Native Plant Sales 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

 Chicago Suburban Native Plant Sales 2021Why You Should Plant Native Plants in Your Yard:

Native plants provide essential nectar and seeds for native wildlife. Having access to native plants is quite crucial to our native wildlife including birds, butterflies, bees and more. Monarchs in particular only lay their eggs on milkweed and the caterpillars in turn eat that milkweed. Creating habitats for our native wildlife to obtain the resources they need in order to support their populations is essential. 

Additionally, our native plants are suited to our environment here in northern Illinois, so they do not require too much maintenance. I started sculpting my yard with native plants nearly 15 years ago and I can tell you that I have flowers all season long with little maintenance. Plus, I see an incredible array of birds, bees and butterflies visiting my yard daily! As my native gardens become more established, I see a larger and larger variety of wildlife visiting.

Lastly, your purchases help support local organizations that help bolster our native wildlife as well as spread awareness.

Chicago Suburban Native Plant Sales for 2021

**I will add if more information becomes available.

April 24: Wheaton Park District Native Plant Sale, 8:30AM-11AM, Public Works Yard

April 25: Skokie Native Plant Sale at Earth Day Celebration at Emily Oaks Nature Center 12PM-4PM; timed entry so be sure to reserve

May 6-8: Citizens for Conservation Native Plants Sale at Good Shepherd Hospital in Lake Barrington,  (online orders end April 14; pick up date for pre-orders is April 18), pick-up appointments will be made

May 7-8 McDonald Farm Plant Sale, Naperville, must pre-order, online sales open May 1& 2 to public, pick-up only, day will be designated by last name

May 14 & 15: Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Native Plant Sale, can by purchased online or by phone, 5 plant minimum, no in person shopping this year - curbside only

May 22 & 23 Friends of Volo Bog Native Plant Sale, Visitor Center at Volo Bog, 10AM-2PM Sat, 11AM-2PM Sun, pre-order by 3PM May 14

May 22  and 23: Pick Up for Schaumburg Garden Club Native Plant Sale Pre-order by April 30 at Spring Valley Nature Center

June 3 - 5: Wild Ones - West Cook's Native Plant Sale Pre-order by May 18; pick up in Lemont or Maywood

Ongoing: Lake County Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale ; the sale looks a little different this year and plants will be shipped to you from Possibility Place Nursery, a portion of sales go to support LCFPD environmental programs, 18 pint minimum is required so you may want to split with neighbors if that will be too many plants for your needs, more perennial inventory will be available after April 15; more trees and shrubs will be available in June; purchasing will be open through Dec 31, see website for more shipping info.

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