• Angela Pauldine

Where to Buy Native Plants Around Chicago - 2019


It all started at our 2017 seminar about how to plant a rain garden with native plants to prevent stormwater damage to your home. After attendees 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 compiled a list of community plant sales, nurseries, and other places in or near Chicago where you can buy quality native plants and perennials for your garden, and it has become an annual tradition!

Since then, native plants have been growing in popularity as people learn their many benefits:

  • Native Illinois prairie plants can help prevent flooding because they have deeper root systems than turf and most non-native annuals, meaning better absorption of rain into the ground.

  • Deeper roots also means healthier soil and better stabilization.

  • Native plants can require less long-term maintenance once established because they are more tolerant to Illinois conditions.

  • Native landscapes cost less money to maintain than turf.

  • Native landscapes have winter interest and are attractive all year long.

  • Native plants can be just as beautiful as the exotic plants more commonly found at big-box stores.

  • Native plants attract birds and butterflies that add interest to a garden.

  • Native landscapes lend to a healthy natural ecosystem by offering critical benefits to endangered bees and butterflies that other non-native plants cannot.

This year, we added a new map feature so you can easily see which plant sales and nurseries are near your home! (Click the button in the top left of the map below to view the categories and names of each point. Click the button in the top right to open larger in a new window.)

(If the embedded map does not appear on your device, click here.)

Share this list with your friends and neighbors to spread the word about native plants and support local organizations and businesses!

If you know of any plant sales or nurseries that we missed, please let us know so we can add them.

2019 Chicagoland Plant Sales

Gibson Woods Wild Ones 19th Annual Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, May 4

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 10

11am-7pm

Saturday, May 11

9am-2pm

Where: Mayslake Peabody Estate

717 31st St

Oak Brook, IL 60523

More info: www.dupageforest.org

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center Native Plant Sale

When: Order online by Wednesday, May 1

Pick up Saturday, May 11

9am-12pm

Where: Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center

20000 Western Ave Olympia Fields, IL 60461

More info: www.ironsoaks.com

Go Green Wilmette Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, May 11

9am-12pm

Where: West Park

3555 Lake Ave Wilmette, IL 60091

More info: www.gogreenwilmette.org

Garfield Park Conservatory Annual Seedling Sale

When: Saturday, May 11

12pm-4pm

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Ave

Chicago, IL 60624

More info: www.garfieldconservatory.org

Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale

When: Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12

10am-4pm

Where: Wicker Park Field House

1425 N Damen Ave

Chicago, IL 60622

More info: www.wickerpark.org

Lake Katherine Native Plant Sale

When: Saturday, May 11

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 17

Saturday, May 18

Time TBD

Where: Hyde Park Shopping Center

55th Street & South Lake Park

Chicago, IL 60615

More info: www.hydeparkgardenfair.org

Openlands Native Tree and Plant Sale

When: Order online between Friday, April 5 & Sunday, April 28

First pop-up shop Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18

Second pop-up shop Friday, May 24 & Saturday, May 25

10am-3pm

Where: 31610 N Almond Rd

Libertyville, IL 60048

More info: www.openlands.org

Organic Plant Sale at Kilbourn (cash only)

When: Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19

10am-2pm

Wednesday, May 22 (Half Price Sale)

5-8pm

Where: Kilbourn Park

3501 N Kilbourn Ave

Chicago, IL 60641

More info: www.chicagoparkdistrict.com and www.chicagoparkdistrict.com (Half Price Sale)

West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

When: Pre-ordering started Friday, March 15 Pick-up Saturday, June 1

10am-2pm

Where: Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church

405 S Euclid Ave

Oak Park, IL 60302

More info: www.westcook.wildones.org

Nurseries & Garden Centers

South

Alsip Home & Nursery

Where: 20601 S LaGrange Rd

Frankfort IL, 60423

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

Sunday: 10am-6pm

Website: www.alsipnursery.com

Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Where: 11606 179th St Mokena, IL 60448

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-4pm

Website: www.jimmelkalandscaping.com

Possibility Place Nursery

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

Hours: By appointment only

Website: www.possibilityplace.com

Ted's Greenhouse, Inc.

Where: 16930 84th Ave

Tinley Park, IL 60487

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-3pm

Sunday: 10am-3pm

Website: www.tedsgreenhouse.com

Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouse, Inc.

Where: 10300 E 9000 N Rd

Grant Park, IL 60940

Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am-4pm

Website: www.woldhuisfarms.com

West

Christy Webber Farm & Garden

Where: 2833 W Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours: Everyday: 10am-6pm

Website: www.cwfng.com

City Escape Garden Center & Design Studio

Where: 3022 W Lake St

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours: Everyday: 9am-6pm

Website: www.cityescape.net

Good Earth Greenhouse

Where: 7900 W Madison

River Forest, IL 60305

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-5pm

Website: www.goodearthgreenhouse.com

McAdam Nursery & Garden Center

Where: 2001 Des Plaines Ave

Forest Park, IL 60130

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 8am-4pm

Website: www.mcadamlandscape.com

North

Chalet Landscaping & Garden

Where: 3132 Lake Ave

Wilmette, IL 60091

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Website: www.chaletnursery.com

Farmer’s Market Garden Center

Where: 4110 N Elston Ave Chicago, IL 60618

Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am-7pm

Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

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: Monday to Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Website: www.gethsemanegardens.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

Homan Grown Nursery

Based in Chicago, IL

Website: www.homangrown.org

Nursery in North Lawndale coming soon

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

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