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Where to Buy Native Plants Around Chicago - 2018

Last year, we hosted a seminar about planting rain gardens to prevent stormwater damage to your home using native plants. After attendees at Avalon Library asked us where they could buy native plants around Chicago (especially near the South Side where plant sources besides big-box stores are hard to find), we created a list of community plant sales, nurseries, and other places in the Chicagoland area where you can buy quality native plants and perennials for your garden.

We were so glad when we heard from many of you how helpful the list was (and when we saw it was viewed by 2,000 people)! So now every year, we will have the updated list ready for you before the start of planting season.

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


2018 Chicagoland Plant Sales

Peterson Garden Project Edible Plant Sale (Warm Weather Seedlings)

When: Friday, May 4


Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6


Where: Indoor Sale – across from the Aragon Ballroom

1101 W Lawrence Ave

Chicago, IL 60640

Gibson Woods Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, May 5


Where: Gibson Woods Nature Center

6201 Parrish Ave

Hammond, IN 46323

DuPage Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale

When: Friday, May 11


Saturday, May 12


Where: Mayslake Peabody Estate

717 31st St

Oak Brook, IL 60523

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center Native Plant Sale

When: Order online by Friday, April 13

Pick up Saturday, May 12


Where: Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center

20000 Western Ave Olympia Fields, IL 60461

Garfield Park Conservatory Annual Seedling Sale

When: Saturday, May 12


Where: Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Ave

Chicago, IL 60624

Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale

When: Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13


Where: Wicker Park Field House

1425 N Damen Ave

Chicago, IL 60622

Lake Katherine Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, May 12


Where: Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens

7402 W Lake Katherine Dr

Palos Heights, IL 60463

Go Green Wilmette Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, May 12


Where: Lakeview Center in Gillson Park

800 Gillson Park Dr

Wilmette, IL 60091

Hyde Park Garden Fair

When: Friday, May 18


Saturday, May 19


Where: Hyde Park Shopping Center

55th Street & South Lake Park

Chicago, IL 60615

Openlands Native Plant Sale

When: Order online by Sunday, April 29

Pick up Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20


Where: Almond Marsh Forest Preserve

32492 N Almond Rd

Grayslake, IL 60030

West Chicago Blooming Fest

When: Saturday, May 19


Where: Downtown West Chicago near the West Chicago City Museum

132 Main St

West Chicago, IL 60185

Organic Plant Sale at Kilbourn

When: Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20


Wednesday, May 23 (Half Price Sale)


Where: Kilbourn Park

3501 N Kilbourn Ave

Chicago, IL 60641

West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, June 2


Where: Euclid Methodist Church parking lot

405 S Euclid Ave

Oak Park, IL 60302


Nurseries & Garden Centers


Chalet Landscaping & Garden

Where: 3132 Lake Ave

Wilmette, IL 60091

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Farmer’s Market Garden Center

Where: 4110 N Elston Ave Chicago, IL 60618

Hours: Everyday: 10am-6:30pm

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

Gethsamane Garden Center

Where: 5739 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60660

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm


Alsip Home & Nursery

Where: 20601 S LaGrange Rd

Frankfort IL, 60423

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am-8pm Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-6pm

Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Where: 11606 179th St Mokena, IL 60448

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-4pm

Sunday: 9:30am-3pm

Possibility Place Nursery

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

Hours: By appointment only

Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouse, Inc.

Where: 10300 E 9000 N Rd

Grant Park, IL 60940

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


Christy Webber Farm & Garden

Where: 2833 W Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours: Everyday: 10am-6pm

City Escape Garden Center & Design Studio

Where: 3022 W Lake St

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours: Everyday: 9am-6pm

Good Earth Greenhouse

Where: 7900 W Madison

River Forest, IL 60305

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 10am-3pm

McAdam Nursery & Garden Center

Where: 2001 Des Plaines Ave

Forest Park, IL 60130

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 8am-6pm


Delivery Plant Sources

Agrecol LLC Based in Evansville, WI

Heritage Flower Farm

Based in Mukwonago WI

Homan Grown Nursery

Based in Forest Park, IL

Nursery in North Lawndale opening mid-summer

Native Wildflowers & Seeds from Ion Exchange, Inc.

Based in Harper’s Ferry, IA

Natural Communities Native Plants

Based in Batavia, IL

Prairie Moon Nursery

Based in Winona, MN

Prairie Nursery Based in Westfield, WI

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