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Where to Buy Native Plants Around Chicago - 2022


Many of our members know the great benefits of gardening with plants that are native to our region:

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


For the sixth year in a row, we've compiled a list of where you can buy quality native plants around Chicago. This year, we've expanded the list to cover further South, West, and North suburbs!


Below is a map of the plant sales and nurseries. (Click here if you can't see the map.) There are also plant delivery options at the bottom of this list.



 

2022 Chicagoland Plant Sales

In order by pickup or in-person event date


South


26th Annual Friends of Indiana Dunes’ Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder by April 9

Pickup April 22, 4pm - 6pm or April 23, 8am - 12pm

Plants for sale without preorder on April 23, 9am - 1pm

Where: Friends of Indiana Dunes' Office

1000 W Oak Hil Rd

Porter, IN 46304


Gibson Woods Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

When: May 7, 9am - 3pm

Where: Oak Ridge Prairie County Park

201 S Colfax St

Griffith, IN 46317


McDonald Farm Annual Plant Sale

When: Preorder April 12 - 26

Pickup May 13 -14

Where: McDonald Farm

10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd

Naperville, IL 60565


Iron Oaks Online Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder by May 1

Pickup May 14, 9am - 12pm

Where: Iron Oaks 20000 Western Ave

Olympia Fields, IL 60461

More info: www.ironsoaks.com


Forest Preserve District of Will County Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder April 1 - May 8

Pickup May 21, 9am - 2pm or May 22, 9am - 12pm

Where: Isle a la Cache

501 E 135th St (Romeo Rd)

Romeoville, IL 60446


Sag Moraine Native Plant Community Spring Native Plant Sale

When: June 4, 9am - 2pm

Where: Parking Lot D3 at Moraine Valley Community College

9000 College Pkwy

Palos Hills, IL 60465

More info: www.sagmoraine.org



West


Wheaton Park District Native Illinois Plant Sale

When: April 23, 8:30am - 11am

Where: City of Wheaton Public Works Yard

821 W Liberty Dr

Wheaton, IL 60187


Kane County Forest Preserve Foundation Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder by April 15

Pickup April 30, 8am - 11am

Where: LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve Creek Bend Nature Center 37W700 Dean St

St. Charles, IL 60175

More info: www.kaneforest.com


DuPage Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale

When: May 13, 10am - 7pm

May 14, 9am - 2pm

Ticketed pre-sale May 12, 4pm - 7pm

Where: Mayslake Peabody Estate

717 W 31st St

Oak Brook, IL 60523


Kane-Dupage Soil and Water Conservation District Plant Sale

When: Preorder by April 29

Pickup May 27, 8am - 4:30pm

Where: Kane-DuPage SWCD Office

2315 Dean St, Suite 100

St. Charles, IL 60175


West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder starting March 15

Pickup June 9 - 11 Where: Forest Preserves of Cook County Central Warehouse

2199 S 1st Ave

Maywood, IL 60153

or

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 111th St

Lemont, IL 60439



North


Skokie Park District Earth Day Celebration & Native Plant Sale

When: April 24, 12pm - 4pm

Where: Emily Oaks Nature Center

4650 Brummel St

Skokie, IL 60076


Citizens for Conservation's 26th Annual Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder by April 17

Pickup May 6 - 7

Public Sale May 8th and 9th, 9am - 3pm

Where: Citizens for Conservation Headquarters 459 IL-22

Lake Barrington, IL 60010


Go Green Wilmette 8th Annual Native Plant Sale

When: May 7, 9am - 11am

Where: TBD, Wilmette, IL 60091


Wicker Park Plant Sale Fundraiser

When: May 7, 10am - 6pm

(Rain date May 8)

Where: Wicker Park

1425 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60622


Lake County Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale

When: May 7, 9am - 3pm

May 8, 10am - 2pm

Where: North Bay Pavilion at Independence Grove Forest Preserve

16400 Buckley Rd

Libertyville, IL 60048

More info: www.lcfpd.org


Dr. Bessie Rhodes School 3rd Annual Native Plant Sale

When: May 15, 9am - 2pm

Where: Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies

3701 Davis St

Skokie, IL 60076


Lake Forest Open Lands Go Native! Plant Sale

When: Preorder starting April 1

Pickup May 21, 8am - 1pm

Where: Mellody Farm Nature Preserve

350 N Waukegan Rd

Lake Forest, IL 60045

More info: www.lfola.org


Chicago Audubon Society Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder by April 15

Pickup May 22

Where: North Park Village Nature Center

5801 N Pulaski Rd

Chicago, IL 60646


Schaumburg Community Garden Club On-Line Plant Sale

When: Preorder by April 29

Where: Spring Valley Nature Center

1111 E Schaumburg Rd

Schaumburg, IL 60193


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Plants for Pollinators Garden Sale

When: Preorder by May 8

Pickup June 4, 10am - 4pm

Where: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2430 N Cannon Dr

Chicago, IL 60614


 

Nurseries & Garden Centers

South

Alsip Home & Nursery

Location: 20601 S LaGrange Rd

Frankfort, IL 60423

Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 7pm

Saturday - Sunday: 9am - 6pm

Call: 815.469.1044


Fasel & Sons Garden Center

Location: 10841 S Cicero Ave

Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm

Call: 708.422.5335

Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Location: 11606 179th St Mokena, IL 60448

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9am - 4pm

Call: 708.349.6989 ext. 3

Ted's Greenhouse, Inc.

Location: 16930 84th Ave

Tinley Park, IL 60487

Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: 9am - 3pm

Call: 708.532.3575

Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouse, Inc.

Location: 10300 E 9000 N Rd

Grant Park, IL 60940

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 8am - 4pm

Call: 815.465.6310


West

Christy Webber Farm & Garden

Location: 2833 W Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 6pm

Call: 312.829.8200

Website: www.cwfng.com

City Escape Garden Center & Design Studio

Location: 3022 W Lake St

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours: Everyday: 9am - 6pm

Call: 773.638.2000

Website: cityescape.biz


Good Earth Greenhouse

Location: 7900 W Madison

River Forest, IL 60305

Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm

Saturday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm

Call: 708.366.9500


The Growing Place

Locations: 25w471 Plank Rd

Naperville, IL 60563

and

2000 Montgomery Rd

Aurora, IL 60504

Hours: Opening April 1

Call: 630.355.4000 (Naperville) | 630.820.8088 (Aurora)


Hinsdale Nurseries

Location: 7200 S Madison St

Willowbrook, IL 60527

Hours: Monday - Friday: 7am - 3:30pm

Call: 630.323.1411

McAdam Nursery & Garden Center

Location: 2001 Des Plaines Ave

Forest Park, IL 60130

Hours: Opening soon (hours of operation are weather dependent)

Call: 708.771.2299


Pioneer Garden & Feed

Location: 118 S Villa Ave

Villa Park, IL 60181

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Call: 630.832.0815


Sprout Home

Location: 745 N Damen Ave

Chicago, IL 60622

Hours: Everyday: 11am - 6pm

Call: 312.226.5950


Wasco Nursery & Garden Center

Locations: 41 W781 IL-64

St. Charles, IL 60175

Hours: Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Sunday: 10am - 3pm

Call: 630.584.4424


North

Chalet Landscaping & Garden

Location: 3132 Lake Ave

Wilmette, IL 60091

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Call: 847.256.0561

Farmer’s Market Garden Center

Location: 4110 N Elston Ave Chicago, IL 60618

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm

Sunday: 9am - 5pm

Call: 773.539.1200

Ferraro Garden Spot

Location: 826 Skokie Blvd

Northbrook, IL 60062

Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am-3pm

Saturday: 9am - 2pm

Call: 847.272.1840


Fertile Ltd.

Location: 1646 W Diversey Pkwy

Chicago, IL 60614

Hours: Hours vary by season, check website for details

Call: 773.472.8733

Natives Haven Nursery

Location: 13809 Durkee Rd Harvard, IL 60033

Hours: Opening May 26

Call: 815.344.6623


Reds Garden Center

Location: 3460 Dundee Rd Northbrook, IL 60062

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9am - 4pm

Call: 847.272.1209



 

Plant Delivery

Agrecol LLC

Based in Evansville, WI

Heritage Flower Farm

Based in Mukwonago WI

Native Wildflowers & Seeds from Ion Exchange, Inc.

Based in Harper’s Ferry, IA

Natural Communities Native Plants

Based in Batavia, IL


North Branch Natives

Based in Chicago, IL


Pollinator Prairie Patch

Based in Chicago, IL


Possibility Place Nursery

Based in Monee, IL

Prairie Moon Nursery

Based in Winona, MN

Prairie Nursery

Based in Westfield, WI


Rebecca's Natives, Ltd.

Based in Winnetka, IL

(Option for local pickup)



 

Landscapers


Want to hire someone else to source the plants and do the work? Check our directory of trusted landscapers, who have each been used and recommended by at least 3 of our members.



 

Let us know of any native plant sources that we missed.


Share this list with your neighbors and friends to help support local businesses and spread the word about native plants. Happy gardening!

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