A Little Time and a Keyboard: 2023 Chicago Suburban Native Plant Sales

2023 Chicago Suburban Native Plant Sales

Saturday, March 4, 2023

2023 Chicago Suburban Native Plant Sales

Spring is in the air which means it is time to think about Native Plant Sales! I have put together a list of many of the upcoming Native Plant Sales in the Chicago suburbs. I will add more as information becomes available. Ordering has started in some cases, so check it out. Purchasing natives for your yard not only helps support the environment but also supports some great local organizations as well.

Reasons To Add Native Plants to Your Gardens

For over a decade, I have been transforming my gardens with native plants. During that period of time, I have enjoyed gardens increasingly revitalized with a larger array of wildlife. Additionally, as I learned about the plants I began to create my own little oasis that displayed flowers throughout most of the seasons, even late fall. Since I focused on choosing plants adapted to my own environment, they do not require as much maintenance thereby giving me more time to savor them.

Illinois once held about 21 million acres of prairie. Humans have greatly changed and shaped the ecosystems of Illinois. Today, we only have about .01% of those original acres of prairie remaining. Humans' alteration of our natural environment is not exclusive to prairies and has impacted ecosystems throughout the state. By planting native plants in your own yard, you have the ability to bolster much-needed habitat for native wildlife that once were more abundant in the state.

Native plants are essential for supporting a diversity of native species including bees, butterflies, other insects, birds, and more. In my own yard, I have seen such an increase in biodiversity. Monarchs love my milkweed and aster. Every year, we spot monarch caterpillars. Goldfinches come for my coneflowers. Hummingbirds love the hostas. Bees love goldenrods. Catbirds perch in the dogwood bush -- which also provides some shelter for fledglings learning to fly. Adding more natives enriches your wildlife experience while fostering vital habitat.

Native plants are adapted to our climate so they can survive winter, seasonal flooding, summer heat, and more local conditions. Their deep root systems mean that they don't need additional watering in summer. This is definitely an additional plus in my book. Additionally, natives do not need fertilizers and harsh chemicals thereby helping decrease these components from our ecosystems. There are so many fantastic reasons to incorporate native plants into your yard!

List of Native Plant Sales:

April 23 Earth Day Celebration at Emily Oaks, Skokie, 12PM-4PM, enjoy the trails and engaging activities, native plant sale, and earth-friendly food for sale

May 6 Lake Katherine Native Plant Sale, Festival Grounds, Palos Heights, 10AM-1PM

May 6 - 7 Citizens for Conservation Native Plants Sale at Hill N Dale Preserve in Lake Barrington, 9AM-3PM each day, online orders through April 16 until capacity met

May 7 WPPC Native Plant Sale, McHenry County College Cafeteria, 12PM-3PM, cash and check only, large selection available but varieties vary

May 12 - 13 McDonald Farm Plant Sale, Naperville, May 12, 3PM-7PM, 8:30AM-1PM, a tour of farm May 12, 5PM or 10AM May 13

May 13 Pick up for Volo Bog Native Shrub and Tree Sale, 10AM-2PM,  must order by May 5 at 3PM

May 19 - 20 DuPage Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, sale in person only, May 19 10AM-7PM, May 20 9AM-2PM, list of plants will be here on April 1 -- https://www.dupageforest.org/native-plant-sale

May 20 - 21 Native Plant Sale, Independence Grove, Libertyville, 9AM-3PM Sat May 20, 10AM-12PM Sun, May 21

May 20 - 21 Native Plant Pick Up, Spring Valley Nature Center, 10AM-2PM, order online through April 21, held by Schaumburg Community Garden Club

 May 20 - 21 Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale, Isle La Cache, Romeoville, 9AM-2PM Sat, 9AM-12PM Sun., online sale April 1-30

June 3 Native Plant Sale 2023, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, 9AM-2PM, sale by Sag Moraine Native Plant Community

June 3 Evanston Environmental Association Plant Native Sale, pick up at Evanston Civic Center, order online through May 24, pick up slots 12:30PM-4:30PM

June 8-10 Spring 2023 Native Plant Sale by West Cook Wild Ones, Maywood and Lemont pickups, online sales open March 15 and end May 18

2023 Chicago Suburban Native Plant Sales

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