Where to Buy Native Plants & Perennials


At the end of our recent seminar 'Rain Gardens: The Beauty and Benefits of Stormwater Management' at Avalon Library, several attendees asked us: Where can you buy native plants and perennials in Chicago?

Especially on the South Side, it's hard to find plant sources besides big-box stores, let alone native plant sources. We decided to do some research and create a list of community plant sales, nurseries, and other places in the Chicagoland area where our members can buy quality native plants and perennials for their gardens!

Please enjoy the lists below and share with your friends and family!

2017 Chicagoland Plant Sales

Garfield Park Conservatory Seedling Sale (Cold Tolerant Crops)

When: Saturday, April 15 @ 11am-2pm

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Ave

Chicago, IL 60624

More info: www.garfieldconservatory.org

Peterson Garden Project Edible Plant Sale (Cool Weather Seedlings)

When: Saturday, April 22

Sunday, April 23 @ 10am-4pm

Where: Indoor Sale - at the old Broadway Bank building

5948 N Broadway St

Chicago, IL 60660

More info: www.petersongarden.org

Skokie Park District Earth Day Celebration Plant Sale

When: Sunday, April 23 @ 12pm-4pm

Where: Emily Oaks Nature Center

4650 Brummel St

Skokie, IL 60076

More info: www.skokieparks.org

Peterson Garden Project Edible Plant Sale (Warm Weather Seedlings)

When: Friday, May 5 @ 12-4pm

Saturday, May 6 @ 10am-4pm

Sunday, May 7 @ 10am-4pm

When: Indoor Sale - at the old Broadway Bank building

5948 N Broadway St

Chicago, IL 60660

More info: www.petersongarden.org

Gibson Woods Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, May 6 @ 9am-2pm

Where: Gibson Woods Nature Center

6201 Parrish Ave

Hammond, IN 46323

More info: www.gw-wildones.org

DuPage Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale

When: Friday, May 12 @ 11am-7pm & Saturday, May 13 @ 9am-2pm

Where: Mayslake Peabody Estate

717 31st St

Oak Brook, IL 60523

More info: www.dupageforest.org

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Plants for Pollinators Garden Sale When: Order online starting Saturday, April 22; pick up Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14 Where: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N Cannon Dr

Chicago, IL 60614 More info: www.naturemuseum.org

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center Native Plant Sale

When: Order online by Thursday, April 13; pick up Saturday, May 13

Where: Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center

20000 Western Ave Olympia Fields, IL 60461

More info: www.ironsoaks.com

Garfield Park Conservatory Annual Seedling Sale

When: Saturday, May 13 @ 10am-1pm

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Ave

Chicago, IL 60624

More info: www.garfieldconservatory.org

Go Green Wilmette Native Plant Sale

When: Order online by Friday, May 5; pick up Saturday, May 13 @ 10am-2pm

Where: West Park

3555 Lake Ave

Wilmette, IL 60091

More info: www.gogreenwilmette.org

Lake Katherine Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, May 13 @ 10am-2pm

Where: Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens

7402 W Lake Katherine Dr

Palos Heights, IL 60463

More info: www.lakekatherine.org

Hyde Park Garden Fair

When: Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 @ 9am-4pm

Where: Hyde Park Shopping Center

55th Street & South Lake Park

Chicago, IL 60615

More info: www.hydeparkgardenfair.org and www.facebook.com/HydeParkGardenFair

The Plant Chicago – Native Plant Sale Fundraiser

When: Order online by Sunday, May 7; pick up Saturday, May 20

Where: The Plant Chicago

1400 W 46th St

Chicago, IL 60609

More info: www.naturalcommunities.net

Organic Plant Sale at Kilbourn

When: Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21 @ 10am-2pm

Where: Kilbourn Park

3501 N Kilbourn Ave

Chicago, IL 60641

More info: www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

West Chicago Blooming Fest

When: Saturday, May 20 @ 9am-3pm

Where: Downtown West Chicago near the West Chicago City Museum

132 Main St

West Chicago, IL 60185

More info: www.westchicago.org

Half Price Plant Sale at Kilbourn

When: Wednesday, May 24 @ 5pm-8pm

Where: Kilbourn Park

3501 N Kilbourn Ave

Chicago, IL 60641

More info: www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, June 3

Where: Euclid Methodist Church parking lot

405 S Euclid Ave

Oak Park, IL 60302

More info: www.westcook.wildones.org

Nurseries & Garden Centers

North

Berthold's Floral, Gift & Garden

Where: 434 E Devon Ave Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am-6pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-4pm

Website: www.bertholdsflowers.com

Farmer’s Market Garden Center

Where: 4110 N Elston Ave Chicago, IL 60618

Hours: Everyday 9am-6:30pm

Website: www.gardenchicago.com

Ferraro Garden Spot

Where: 826 Skokie Blvd

Northbrook, IL 60062

Hours: Monday: 8:30am-5pm

Tuesday to Friday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Saturday: 8:30am-4:30pm

Sunday: 9:30am-4pm

Website: www.ferrarogardenspot.com

Gethsamane Garden Center

Where: 5739 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60660

Hours: Everyday 9am-6pm

Website: www.gethsemanegardens.com

South

Alsip Home & Nursery

Where: 20601 S LaGrange Rd

Frankfort IL, 60423

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am-9pm Saturday: 9am-7pm

Sunday: 9am-6pm

Website: www.alsipnursery.com

Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Where: 11606 179th St Mokena, IL 60448

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 9:30am-3pm

Website: www.jimmelkalandscaping.com

Possibility Place Nursery

Where: 7548 W Monee-Manhattan Rd Monee, IL 60449

Hours: Friday: 7am-4pm

Saturday: 8am –Noon

Closed from Noon-1pm daily

Website: www.possibilityplace.com

Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouse, Inc.

Where: 10300 E 9000 N Rd

Grant Park, IL 60940

Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am-6pm Saturday: 8am-5pm

Website: www.woldhuisfarms.com

West

Christy Webber Farm & Garden

Where: 2834 W Grand Ave

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-6pm

Website: www.christywebber.com

City Escape Garden Center & Design Studio

Where: 3022 W Lake St

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours: Everyday 9am-6pm

Website: www.cityescape.net

McAdam Nursery & Garden Center

Where: 2001 Des Plaines Ave

Forest Park, IL 60130

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 8am-6pm

Website: www.mcadamlandscape.com

Good Earth Greenhouse

Where: 7900 W Madison

River Forest, IL 60305

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-5pm

Website: www.goodearthgreenhouse.com

Delivery Plant Sources

Agrecol LLC Based in Evansville, WI

Website: www.Agrecol.com

Heritage Flower Farm

Based in Mukwonago WI

Website: www.heritageflowerfarm.com

Native Wildflowers & Seeds from Ion Exchange, Inc.

Based in Harper’s Ferry, IA

Website: www.ionxchange.com

Natural Communities Native Plants

Based in Batavia, IL

Website: www.naturalcommunities.net

Prairie Moon Nursery

Based in Winona, MN

Website: www.prairiemoon.com

Prairie Nursery Based in Westfield, WI

Website: www.prairienursery.com

P.S. We want to host our own plant sale and garden show in Spring 2018 on the South Side! To our South Side members: Is this something you would attend? Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Let us know in a comment or send us a message!

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