Native Plant Sales: Chicago Area

Arrive BEFORE scheduled time for best selection, prioritize your list.
ALL 2018 Chicagoland native plant species are listed or linked from this page!  (Area Nursery inventory at bottom) See plant pictures at: http://www.illinoiswildflowers  

Also visit:  BEST plants for attracting WILDLIFE ? IL or Easy to Grow Native Plants.

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.

March 16, Friday Final order day for trees & shrubs Kane – DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District 17 trees, 12 shrubs  Kane-DuPage 2018 Catalog Pick-up on Wednesday April 18, Kane County Fairgrounds St. Charles.

April 10, Tuesday Final pre-order day for Citizens for Conservation May 5-6th plant sale.  Lake BarringtonCFC 2018 Sale (see May 5 below).

April 13, Friday Final pre-order day for Iron Oaks Native Plant Sale.  Olympia Fields Iron Oaks 2018 Plant List (see May 12)

April 14, Saturday.  Friends of Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale, 8AM-1PM.  Over 100 species, planting advice provided.  Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49 Chesterton, IN.  Take Hwy. 49 north of Hwy.12.  IN Dunes Map  (219) 926-1390.

April 16, Mon Final pre-order day for DuPage Forest Preserve  May 11-12 plant sale.  Oak BrookDuPage Plants (see May 11 below).

April 20, Friday.  Last day to order  Kane – DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District. 13 forbs, 2 ferns, 1 grass. Pollinator and Rain Garden PACKAGES.  Kane-DuPage 2018 Catalog Pick-up date is Friday June 1, 2016 8AM – 4:30PM at Kane-DuPage SWCD office 2315 Dean St., St. Charles. MapQuest pickup: Kane DuPage SWCD Offices

April 21, Saturday 11AM- 4PM.  Earth Day Celebration. Table hosted by Red Buffalo Nursery.  Rain or shine.  Recycles may be dropped off. McHenry County CD Earth Day 2112 Behan Rd., Crystal Lake  Prairie Education Center

April 21 & 22 Saturday(10-2)/Sunday(10-1).  Friends of Volo Bog Native Tree and Shrub Sale.  20 trees and shrubs.  Volo Tree & Shrub Order Form  Preorder by April 14. Friends of Volo Bog Info  28478 W. Brandenburg Rd., Ingleside Volo Bog Entrance

April 22nd, 2017, Sunday.  Earth Day Celebration.  Various plants, no list.  Music, food, activities Noon-4PM (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500..  Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St, Skokie Emily Oaks Nature Center 

April 22nd, Sunday Final pre-order day for McDonald Farm May 12 plant sale.  Naperville. TCF Pre-ordering (see May 12 below).

April 28, Saturday.  Wheaton Park District Annual Plant Sale 8:30AM-11AM.  117 plant forbs, 28 shrubs, 34 trees, 21 grasses/sedges, 8 ferns and 2 vines. Wheaton Plants Rain garden selection.  No pre-orders and CASH or CHECK only.  Low prices, long line early, plants go fast!!   Wheaton 2018 Plant Sale  Wheaton Public Works Building, 821 W. Liberty Drive, Wheaton.  Across from the Wheaton Police Station. Wheaton Public Works

April 28, Saturday.  Illinois Native Plant Society 9AM-2PM.  115 forbs (9 Milkweed), 12 grasses, 2 ferns, 78 trees; some non-natives.  True native species have two names only. INPS 2018 Plants. Packages – bees, monarchs, hummingbirds, swallowtails. INPS  Illinois State Fair Commodities Pavilion, across from Grandstand, gates 1,7,11 at Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield. Commodities Pavilion Map

April 29, Sunday, Morton Arboretum public native plant sale, 11AM-4PM.  No plant list.  Morton Arboretum Sale Info  Admission fee required for nonmembers, members+1 only may purchase $10 ticket for early selections on Friday and Saturday, $25 ticket allows for pre-selection.  4100 Illinois Rte.53, Lisle – Parking Lot 33 on the West Side. Morton Arboretum 

April 29, Sunday Final pre-order day for the Open Lands – Conserve Lake County Native Plant Sale.  Grayslake  Openlands 2018 Plants (see May 18 below).

April 29, Sunday Final pre-order day for Riverwoods Online Native Plant Sale.  (See May 19 below.)

May 1, Sunday Final pre-order day for Plano Middle School 6th Annual Native Plant Sale.  Plano Plano Word Doc Order Form (see May 16 below).

May 4 & 5, Friday/Saturday.  Garden Club of Villa Park Annual Plant Sale.  8AM – 3PM. 17 natives, mixed vegetables and herbs.  Villa Park Plants  Villa Park Community Rec Center, 320 E Wildwood, Villa Park. Villa Park Garden Club Site

May 5, Saturday.  SCARCE 9AM – 1PM.  Extra plants from the Wheaton Plant Sale, good price.  799 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn.

May 5, Saturday. Gibson Woods Plant 17th Native Plant Sale 9AM. 116 forbs, 17 grasses and sedges, 15 trees/shrubs, and 11 ferns. Gibson Woods Plants All Natives, no cultivars!!  6 Milkweeds. Gibson Woods 2018 Plant Sale 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 5, Saturday.  Northern Kane County Wild Ones 10AM-1PM  97 forbs, 7 sedges, 6 ferns, 5 grasses, 6 milkweeds.  Scroll down for info and Plant List Hawthorn Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Dr., Elgin.   NE corner of US 20 (Lake St.) and Randall Rd. at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

May 5, Saturday.  Downers Grove Organic Gardeners Plant Sale 9AM -1PM.  Native Flowers, vegetables.  List TBD. Downers Grove Organic Gardeners Annual Plant Sale at Hummer Park Hummer Park, 4833 Fairview Ave., Downers Grove.  Enter from Sheldon Ave., park in north lot.  

May 5, Saturday 8-1.  Woodstock Farmer’s Market:  see bottom of page.

May 5 & 6, Saturday/ Sunday.  Citizens for Conservation 22nd Annual Native Plant Shrub and Tree Sale  9AM ? 3PM  131 plant forb species, 29 grass and sedges, 35 shrubs, 25 trees, and 9 ferns.  Butterfly and Rain Garden PACKAGES, 6 milkweeds discounted CFC Plants.  10%member discount. Pre-orders due April 10 and may be picked up one day early, Friday May 4, 11AM-6PM.  CFC 2018 Plant Sale  459 W. Highway 22 in Lake Barrington at Hospital and Barn Pickup

May 6, Sunday.  Wildflower Preservation and Propogation Committee Noon-3PM.  Deep selection of forbs/flowers species but limited quantities.  82 Sunny forbs, 64 shade forbs, 12 grasses, 7 sedges. WPPC Plants Indoors. No pre-orders and CASH or CHECK only, ATM on site. Plants go fast!   WPPC Native Plant Sale. McHenry County College Cafeteria, 8900 US Hwy. 14, Crystal LakeMcHenry County College Cafeteria.

May 6, Sunday Final pre-order day for Schaumburg Garden Club May 19-20 Sale  Schaumburg Schaumburg Plants & Pics (see May 20 below)

May 6, Sunday Final pre-order day for Kendall County FPD May 27 Sale Yorkville Kendall County Pre-orders

May 7, Monday. Final day to order from Land Conservancy of McHenry Cty. (next item below).

May 11 & 12, Friday(10-3)/ Saturday(9-11AM). Land Conservancy of McHenry Cty.  22 Forbs, 4 grasses, 2 ferns.  McHenry Plants Pre-orders only March 1 to May 7, member discount.  Minimum order of 3 per species.  Land Conservancy of McHenry County 2018 Ordering 4622 Dean St., Woodstock Land Conservancy of McHenry P-U Site.

May 11 & 12, Friday/Saturday.   Forest Preserve of DuPage Native  Plant Sale 11AM – 7PM (Fri.), Sat 9-2.  95 forbs, 12 grasses/sedges, 5 Ferns, 16 shrubs, 6 trees. 7 Milkweeds. DuPage Plants Pictures shown: DuPage Plant Pics. Preorders March 12 – April 16 by email, phone or mail. Tented. DuPage FPD 2018 Native Plant Sale Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak BrookMayslake Estate  

May 11 & 12, Friday/Saturday.  Rock River Valley Wild Ones Online Native Prairie Plant Sale 3-7PM (Fri)/ 9AM-2PM (Sat).  85 forbs, 6 ferns/sedge, 4 shrubs. Rock River Wild Ones 2018 Plants  Orders due April 27th, member discount. Rock River 2018 Plant Sale   4601 Paulson Rd., Caledonia IL.   Exit Riverside east of I-90, MapQuest: Prairie Plants Pickup

May 12, Saturday.  McDonald Farm Plant Sale 8AM-1PM Large selection may be pre-ordered, fewer available day of sale.  TCF Pre-ordering Farm tours, member pre-order discount.  Preorders are due April 22nd.  10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, NapervilleMc Donald Farm

May 12 & 13, Saturday 9AM -3PM/ Sunday 10AM – 2PM.  123 forbs, 19 shrubs, 16 trees, 4 sedges, 10 grasses, 10 ferns, 2 vines. Lake County FPD 2018 Plant List  No Pre-orders, searchable by species: Lake County FPD 2018 Native Plant Sale 16400 West Buckley Rd., Libertyville 

May 12, Saturday.  Lake Forest Open Lands Tree and Plant Sale, 8AM – 1PM.  Same day sales of various forbs, 16 trees/shrubs maybe pre-ordered but quantities are limited, starter kits.  Personal advice. Open Lands Plant and Tree Sale 350 N. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest Mellody Farms Map

May 12, Saturday.  8am – 11am.  Lake Katherine Native Plant Sale    “a variety of native wildflowers and grasses”.  Lake Katherine Events  7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

May 12, Saturday Iron Oaks Native Plant Sale.   37 forbs, 3 ferns, 6 grasses/sedge, 5 shrubs, 6 trees.  Iron Oaks 2018 Plant List Preorders due by April 13. Irons Oaks Plant Sale  2453 Vollmer Rd., Olympia Fields Iron Oaks Parking Lot

May 12, Saturday. 2018 Native Plant SaleGo Green Wilmette 9AM – 2PM. 44 Forbs, 1 Fern, 8 Grasses/ Sedges, 7 Trees/Shrubs.  Butterfly, Shade and Rain Garden PACKAGE KITS.  Website is instructive, includes filters: Go Green Plant Sale. Cash, check or credit card.  No pre-orders in 2018.  Lakeview Center in Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Drive, Wilmette Lakeview Center at Gillson Park.

May 12, Saturday. 38th Plant Sale 7:30AM until sold out.  No list, natives with herbs and vegetables.  Naperville Gardeners Plant Sale 811 S. West St, Naperville 

May 12, Saturday 8-1.  Woodstock Farmer’s Market:  see bottom of page.

May 12, Saturday 8AM.  Bull Valley Garden Club.  Limited selection, Red Buffalo natives, no plant list.  In the parking lot of Bohn’s Ace Hardware, Rt. 47 Woodstock.

May 12, Saturday 8:30-2:30.  St Joseph Church Woodland Wildflower Sale.  11 Woodland forbs.  Church Plant List 10519 N Main St., Richmond.

May 16, Wednesday 2:40 – 6:00PM. Plano Middle School Native Plant Sale 2018.  6 woodland forbs, 14 prairie forbs, 4 grasses/sedge Powerpoint Slideshow of Plano Plants.  Early plants will be picked up May 16; later plants will be picked up June 13 3:30-6:00pm.  Plano Word Doc Order Form  P-U behind Maintenance Bldg. 802 S. Hale, Plano Plano Middle School.

May 18 & 19 ,Friday (4-9PM by ticket)/ Saturday (9AM – 2PM, open).  Forest Preserve District of Will County Native Plant Sale.  144 forbs (7 Milkweeds, 36 woodland, 14 savanna, 87 prairie), 13 shrubs and vines, 7 trees.  Will County FPD 2018 Plant List  Friday private advance sales at a $25 ticketed artisinal/entertainment event.   No pre-orders. All Natives, exhibitors, rain or shine!  Will County FPD Plant Sale  Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 Laraway Rd., Joliet 815-727-8700.  Mapquest link: Sugar Creek Offices

May 18, 19 & 20, Friday to Sunday 9AM – 3PM.  Open Lands – with new partner Conserve Lake County- Native Plant Sale.  12 trees, 25 shrubs, 68 forbs*, 17 grasses/sedges*, 7 ferns*.  * indicates some items in these groups are expensive; Openlands 2018 Plants.  10% Member discount.  Preorders due by April 29 and must be picked up this weekend.  Day of sales too, Openlands 2018 Native Plant Sale. Almond Marsh Forest Preserve, 32492 N. Almond Rd., Grayslake. Open Lands – Conserve Lake County Office  

May 19, Saturday 9AM – 2PM.  2018 Extension Master Gardener Sale.  Plant List TBD.  Hwy 45, Grayslake.  847-223-8627 . U of I Extension – Grayslake

May 19, Saturday 8-1.  Woodstock Farmer’s Market:  see bottom of page.

May 19, Saturday 11-1.  Riverwoods 2018 Online Native Plant Sale.  Intended for Riverwoods residents.  BBQ at plant sale.  Order by April 29.  Saturday pickup 11-1; Friday pickup 1-4pm.  Trees delivered Thursday prior, May 17th.   Riverwoods 2018 Plant List & Order Form    Shop Riverwoods Plant Sale  Riverwoods Plant Sale 

May 20, Sunday.  Schaumburg Park District  and Schaumburg Community Garden Club Plant Sale 10AM-2PM   59  plant forb species, 6grasses, 1 sedge, 10 trees and shrubs and 3 ferns.Schaumburg Plants & Pics Tented, Pre-orders made thru May 6th  may be picked up one day early Saturday May 19 1-3PM. Day of sales too.  Accepting both credit cards and mail in checks for plants and pre-orders. Schaumburg 2018 Native Plant Sale 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, 847-706-6767   Spring Valley Nature Center

May 20, Sunday 10AM – 4PM.  McHenry Master Gardener Plant Sale.  Plant list TBD   1102 McConnell Rd., Woodstock 815-338-3737. U opf I Extension – Woodstock

May 20, Sunday Final pre-order day for the 2018 West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale.  Oak Park  West Cook Wild Ones 2018 Plants (see June 2 below).

May 23-27, 9AM – 3PM. Open Lands – with new partner Conserve Lake County.  Open house for unsold plants from May 18-20 native plant sale (see above).  Almond Marsh Forest Preserve, 32492 N. Almond Rd., Grayslake. Open Lands – Conserve Lake County Office.

May 26, Saturday 8-1.  Woodstock Farmer’s Market:  see bottom of page.

May 27, 2017 Sunday 10AM-1PMKendall County FPD.  Large selection may be pre-ordered, fewer available day of sale.Kendall County Pre-orders  Preorder by May 6th. Pickup at: Harris Forest Preserve, 10460 Rt Hwy 71, Yorkville.  West of Hwy 47. Harris Forest Preserve

May 30-31, 9AM – 3PM. Open Lands – with new partner Conserve Lake County.  Open house for unsold plants from May 18-20 native plant sale (see above).  Almond Marsh Forest Preserve, 32492 N. Almond Rd., Grayslake. Open Lands – Conserve Lake County Office.

June 2, Saturday, 10AM – 2PM. 2018 West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale.  67 forbs, 4 ferns, 8 sedges, 6 grasses.  West Cook Wild Ones 2018 Plants.  Searchable webpage, 10% Member discount.  Some items sell out, pre-orders due May 20, day of sales too.  West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale.  405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, Euclid Methodist Church Pickup.

June 2, Saturday 10AM – 2PM. Bargain Bulb & Plant Sale. Unsold inventory from the May 20 Schaumburg Plant Sale, discounted.  1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, 847-706-6767   Spring Valley Nature Center

June 2, Saturday 8-1.  Woodstock Farmer’s Market:  see bottom of page.

June 9, Saturday 8-1.  Woodstock Farmer’s Market:  see bottom of page.

June 16, Saturday 8-1.  Woodstock Farmer’s Market:  see bottom of page.

June 24, Sunday, 1-3pm.   Save the Prarie Society Native Plant Sale.  33 forbs, rain date July 1. Wolf Rd. Prairie Plant List 11225 Constitution Dr., Westchester.  Wolf Rd between 22nd and 31st -take Constitution west.  Save the Prairie Society Map

July 7, Saturday 9-11AM.  27 forbs, plant list: Linda Walker’s Final Native Plant Sale 4509 Wilson Ave., Downers Grove.  Near Ogden and Finley.

September 2018, Saturday.  Date TBD Citizens for Conservation Tree & Shrub Sale 9:30 – Noon.

September 28-29 Rock River Wild Ones Native Tree and Shrub Sale. Trees, shrubs only. Preorders due September 21.  Plant List available August 2018.


Woodstock Farmer’s Market, May and June Saturdays only 8AM – 1PM.  Red Buffalo Nursery presents from their inventory.  More info from this link: Woodstock Map

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

Nursery Inventories:
NAPERVILLE Nursery  (type “native” in search box.  True native species have two names only.)
AURORA Nursery  (type “native” in search box.  True native species have two names only.)
MONEE Nursery Plant List
ST CHARLES/ Midwest Gr Plant List (select natives in “Plant Category” box; East of Fox River, by Bartlett)
ST. CHARLES/WASCO Plant Finder (West of Fox River) or see: Wasco Nursery Native Plants
BATATVIA Private Sales
RICHMOND Nursery Plant List  Open House: May 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 10AM – 4PM.
HARVARD Nursery Plant List
MARENGO Nursery Trees 
Northern IN Plant List Updated weekly.

NEAR YOU: Many other nurseries sell the NGN brand of true natives.  Ask for NGN Natives.  NGN brand Zip Code Locator Cities listed by area: 2018 NGN-Nurseries