2017 Native Plant Sales – Chicago Area

Arrive before scheduled time for best selection, prioritize your list.

ALL Chicagoland native plant species are listed or linked from this page!  (Chicago Nursery inventory at bottom)  Locate plant pictures at: http://www.illinoiswildflowers

True native species have two names only.  ‘Cultivars’ have a third name inside apostrophes.  “Nativars” are plants that no longer participate in natural reproduction patterns, use natives instead.
Need help?  Look here: BEST plants for attracting WILDLIFE – IL or Easy to Grow Native Plants 

April 8, Saturday.  Friends of Indiana Dunes 20th Annual Native Plant Sale, 8AM-1PM.  Usually over 100 species, planting advice provided.  1600 N. 25 E. Chesterton, IN.  The continuation of Hwy. 49 north of Hwy.12.  IN Dunes Map  (219) 926-1952.

April 12, Wednesday.  Final order day for Citizens for Conservation May 6th plant sale.  Lake Barrington.

April 14, Friday.  Online only, orders due by 3PM.  1st Friends of Volo Bog Native Tree & Shrub Sale  20 native trees and shrubs.  Help loading, member discount. Volo Trees and Shrubs List and Order Form or   Volo Bog Native Plant Sale Pick-up times: Saturday, April 22, 2017 10am – 2pm and Sunday, April 23, 2017 11am – 2pm.  28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside Volo Bog

April 23rd, 2017, Sunday.  No plant list link as of 4-9.  Music, food, activities (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500..  Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St, Skokie Emily Oaks Nature Center 

April 24, Monday online.  Last day to order prairie plants(12spp.), butterfly, hummingbird and pond PACKAGES. Kane – DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District.  Pick-up date is Wednesday May 17, 2016 by 4:30PM at Kane-DuPage SWCD office 2315 Dean St., St. CharlesKane-DuPage Sales  MapQuest pickup: Kane DuPage SWCD Offices

April 28 & 29, Friday/Saturday.  Rock River Valley Wild Ones Native Woodland Plant Sale 3-7PM (Fri)/ 10AM-1PM (Sat).  49 woodland shaded plant forbs, 5 Woodland grasses/sedges, 5 Woodland Ferns.  Rock River 2017 Plant Sales  Required pre-orders due Thursday, April 20.  5727 Chevy Chase Lane Rockford, IL Woodland Plants P-U 2017

April 29, Saturday.  Wheaton Park District 16th Annual Plant Sale 8:30 AM.  83 plant forbs, 28 shrubs, 33 trees, 20 grasses/sedges, 8 ferns and 2 vines.  Rain garden selection.  Wheaton 2017 Plant Sale  No pre-orders and CASH or CHECK only.  Low prices, long line early, goes fast!!  List of Plants (PDF)  Wheaton Public Works Building, 821 W. Liberty Drive, Wheaton.  Across from the Wheaton Police Station. Wheaton Public Works

April 29, Saturday.  Illinois Native Plant Society 9AM.  2017 List TBD as of March-31. INPS  Previous sales over 100 spp.  Commodities Pavilion, across from the Grandstand at Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Avenue, Springfield.

April 30, Sunday, Morton Arboretum public native plant sale, 11AM-4PM.  No plant list available as of 4-20-17.  Morton Arboretum Sale Info  Admission fee required for nonmembers, members can take advantage of early selections on Friday and Saturday. 4100 Illinois Rte.53, Lisle – Parking Lot 33 on the West Side. Morton Arboretum 

April 30, final order day.  Online Riverwoods Plant Sale for Riverwoods residents.  Delivery of trees.

May 1, Monday, final order day, online sale.  Plano Middle School Leadership/Outdoor Club.  Evening pickups available for different sets of plants.   May Pick up date:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017  2:40-6:30 p.m.  16 forb flowers, 2 grasses.   June Pick up date:   Wednesday, June 14,2017   3:30- 6:30 p.m. 3 forbs, 2 grasses.  Plano Middle School Native Plant Sale  802 S. Hale, Plano Plano Middle School  behind Administration in the Maintenance Building.

May 5, Friday. Final order day for Iron Oaks May 13th, Wilmette & Glencoe May 13th, and Schaumburg May 21st sales.

May 6, Saturday. Gibson Woods Plant 17th Native Plant Sale 9AM. 95 forbs, 17 grasses and sedges, 19 trees/shrubs, and 7 ferns. All Natives, no cultivars!!! Link to plant list: Gibson Woods Plant Sale and Links Gibson Woods Nature Center, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, IN.   Take 169th or 165th to Parrish Ave.,  go north to end of street. Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

May 6, Saturday.  Northern Kane County Wild Ones 10AM-2PM  36 plants, list TBD as of 4-9-17, Kane County 2016 Plant Sale Hawthorn Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Dr., Elgin.   NE corner of US 20 (Lake St.) and Randall Rd. at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

May 6, Saturday.  Downers Grove Organic Gardeners Plant Sale 9AM -1PM.  29 Native Flowers, vegetables.  2016 DG list  2017 List not yet updated 3-31-17. Hummer Park, 4833 Fairview Ave., Downers Grove.  Enter from Sheldon Ave., park in north lot.  DG Organics Flyer

May 6 & 7, Saturday/ Sunday.  Citizens for Conservation 21st Annual Native Plant Shrub and Tree Sale  9AM – 3PM  117 plant forb species, 25 grass and sedges, 24 shrubs, 27 trees, and 9 ferns. 2017 CFC Plant Sale or 2017 CFC Plant Pics and Orders  Sorted packages available, milkweeds discounted, 10%member discount.  Trees and shrubs by pre-order only, all pre-orders due April 12 and may be picked up one day early, Friday 11AM-6PM.  459 W. Highway 22 in Lake Barrington at Hospital and Barn Pickup

May 7, Sunday.  Wildflower Preservation and Propogation Committee Noon-3PM.  Deep selection of forbs/flowers species but limited quantities.  Goes Fast! WPPC Native Plant List 82 Sunny forbs, 64 shade forbs, 12 grasses, 7 sedges.  WPPC Native Plant Sale  Unlisted native trees, heirloom vegetables.  No Credit Cards, checks okay,  ATM on site. McHenry County College Cafeteria, 8900 US Hwy. 14, Crystal LakeMcHenry County College Cafeteria.

May 12 & 13, Friday/Saturday.   Forest Preserve of DuPage Native  Plant Sale 11AM – 7PM (Fri.), Sat 9-2.  89 forbs, 11 grasses/sedges, 5 Ferns, 13 shrubs, 5 trees in 2015; 2016 TBD.  Pre-orders may be picked up one day early, Thursday.  Preorders Due by April 17 by email, phone or mail.  Tented, pictures shown 2017 FPD DuPage Plant Sale  Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook.  A 2nd (alternate)pick-up only location is offered at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago Friday May 12 11AM-7PM.  MapQuest: Mayslake Estate or Kline Creek Farm  

May 12 & 13, Friday/Saturday.  Mens Garden Club of Villa Park, 21st Spring Plant Sale 8AM-3PM.  17 native plants, also herbs and veggies; Villa Park 2017 Plant Sale  Community Rec Bldg., 320 E. Wildwood, Villa Park Villa Park Map .

May 13, Saturday.  McDonald Farm Plant Sale 8AM–1PM 120+ forbs,  33 trees & shrubs, 15 grasses, 7 sedges, 6 ferns, 2 vines, many packages.  Farm tours, member preorder discount.  MacDonald Farm Native Plant Sale For best selection preorders are recommended by April 30th. McDonald Farm Plant Sale 2017 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, NapervilleMc Donald Farm

May 13, Saturday.  Lake Forest Open Lands Tree and Plant Sale, 8AM – 1PM.  Same day sales of various forbs, 12 trees/shrubs, starter kits, Delivery available.  Personal advice. 2017 Open Lands Tree and Plant Sale 350 N. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest Mellody Farms Map

May 13, Saturday.  10am – 2pm No plant list or webpage as of 4-9-17; promises “a variety of native wildflowers and grasses” http://www.lakekatherine.org/special-events.cfm  7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

May 13, Saturday.  Native Plant Sale 9AM – Noon.  35 Forbs, 4 Ferns, 7 Grass/Sedge, 5 Trees, 6 Shrubs.  Irons Oaks Plant List  Irons Oaks Webpage  Preorders due April 14. 20000 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields.  Map: Irons Oaks

May 13, Saturday.  2017 Native Plant Sale by Go Green Wilmette and Go Green Glencoe. 44 Forbs, 1 Fern, 8 Grasses/ Sedges, 7 Trees/Shrubs, Kits.  Website is excellent, instructive, includes filters: Go Green Plant Sale 2017 Preorders due May 5.  West Park, 3555 Lake Ave., Wilmette (10AM-2PM) West Park, Wilmette ; 999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe (9-2) Takiff Center, Glencoe 

May 13 & 14, Saturday/ Sunday.  Lake County Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale 9AM-3PM (Sat)/10AM-2PM (Sun).  122 forbs-flowers, 10 grasses, 5 sedges, 10 ferns, 2 vines, 40 trees/shrubs.  Listed by common name: Lake County FPD Native Plant Sale 16400 West Buckley Road, Libertyville, Independence Grove FP Independence Grove Map east of Des Plaines River, west of Tri-State Tollway; North side of Highway 137.  Independence Grove FP

May 19 & 20, Friday/Saturday.  Rock River Valley Wild Ones Online Native Prairie Plant Sale 3-7PM (Fri)/ 10AM-1PM (Sat).  47 Forbs, 6 Grasses/Sedges.  Orders due April 30th, member discount.  Rock River 2017 Plant Sales   4601 Paulson Rd., Caledonia IL.   Exit Riverside east of I-90, MapQuest: Prairie Plants Pickup

May 19, 2017 ONGOING and on-site until June 03, 2017 3:00 pm (except Mondays and Tuesdays). 64 forbs, 11 trees, 19 bushes, 6 ferns, 18 grasses and sedges, 5 milkweeds.     Member discounts.  Online orders and special requests thru April 25th. Conserve Lake County 2017 Plant Sale   32492 N. Almond Rd, Grayslake Almond Marsh, Grayslake Office   

May 19 & 20, Friday(10-3:30)/ Saturday(3-5PM).  Plant list link not available as of April 9.  Land Conservancy Calendar May 2017 4622 Dean St., Woodstock Land Conservancy of McHenry P-U Site

May 20, Saturday.  Forest Preserve District of Will County Native Plant Sale 9AM – 3PM.  List not yet updated as of 3-31-17, 100+ plants in prior years.  Friday has a $20 ticketed entertainment event 2017 Will Cty. Plants or Tickets.   No pre-orders. All Natives, exhibitors, rain or shine!  Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 Laraway Rd., Joliet 815-727-8700.  Mapquest link: Sugar Creek Offices

May 20, Saturday, Chicago.  No webpage listed as of 3-31-17.  Preorder by May 7th.  Pickup at The Plant, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago, IL 60609 

May 21, Sunday.  Schaumburg Park District  and Schaumburg Community Garden Club Plant Sale 10AM-2PM   50 plant forb species, 5 grasses, 1sedge, 1 vine, 10 trees and shrubs and 3 ferns. Pre-orders made thru May 5th  may be picked up one day early Saturday May 20 1-3PM. 2017 Schaumburg Plant Sale Day of sales too.  Accepting both credit cards and mail in checks for plants and pre-orders.  1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, 847-706-6767   Mapquest link: Spring Valley Nature Center

May 24, Wednesday.  Final order day for June 3 West Cook sale.  Oak Park.

May 28, 2017 Sunday 10AM-1PM.  No webpage yet listed as of 3-31-17.  Preorder by May 13th. Pickup at: Harris Forest Preserve, 10460 Rt Hwy 71, Yorkville.  West of Hwy 47. Harris Forest Preserve

June 3, Saturday.  West Cook Wild Ones, Native Plant Sale.  64 forbs, 2 ferns, 9 grasses/sedges, various packages.  10% member discount.  West Cook Cty. Plant Sale or West Cook Plant Orders  Day of sales.  Pre-orders must be made by May 24th for pickup near Washington one block east of Oak Park Ave at 405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park.  MapQuest: Euclid Methodist Church Map

June 3, Saturday.  Final day of Conserve Lake County sale which started (see) May 19th.  Grayslake.

September 2017, Saturday.  Date TBD Citizens for Conservation Tree & Shrub Sale 9:30 – Noon.  30 trees (including 6 Oak species), 31 bushes or low trees in 2016.  Preorder by September 1st, member discount.  SE corner of Highway 22 and Kelsey Rd., Barrington, across from Good Shepherd Hospital. 

NATIVE PLANT NURSERIES may be found at this page: Native Plant Nurseries

Plant Lists to the Native Plant Nurseries Inventory:
NAPERVILLE Nursery  (type “native” in search box)
AURORA Nursery  (type “native” in search box)
MONEE Nursery Plant List
ST. CHARLES/Midwest Gr Plant List NGN (East of Fox River, near Bartlett)
ST. CHARLES/WASCO Plant Finder (West of Fox River) or see: Wasco Nursery Native Plants
DOWNERS GROVE Private Sales Fall 2015 see: Linda’s Loves 2016 Plants
BATATVIA Private Sales
McHENRY Area Nursery Plant List

VARIOUS CITIES – NGN brand Chicagoland Native Stock May have less selection but are a good start, ask for NGN brand for true natives.  Cities listed by area: NGN Nurseries 3-31-17