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.

Building 2018 list this weekend March 10-11, 2018Check back for updates as plans for sales may become finalized in March.

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 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 22nd, 2017, Sunday.  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 

April22nd, Sunday Final pre-order day for McDonald Farm May12 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.  2018 List TBD. Previous sales over 100 spp. 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.  2018 List TBD.  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 

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-2PM  2018 list TBD (were 36 in 2017) 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. Hummer Park, 4833 Fairview Ave., Downers Grove.  Enter from Sheldon Ave., park in north lot.  

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 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).    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, 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 Plants TBD, “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. 2018 Native Plant SaleGo Green Wilmette 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 18 & 19 ,Friday (4-9PM by ticket)/ Saturday (9AM – 2PM, open).  Forest Preserve District of Will County Native Plant Sale.  List TBD, 100+ native perennials, shrubs and trees.  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 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 27, 2017 Sunday 10AM-1PMKendallCounty 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

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

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

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

Nursery Inventories:
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
BATATVIA Private Sales
RICHMOND Nursery Plant List
HARVARD Nursery Plant List
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