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Where to Buy Native Plants Around Chicago - 2023


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 and support 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 seventh year in a row, we've compiled a list of where you can buy quality native plants around Chicago.


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.



 

2023 Chicagoland Plant Sales

In order by pickup or in-person event date


South


23rd Annual Gibson Woods Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

When: May 6, 9am-3pm

Where: Lake Etta County Park

4801 W 29th Ave

Gary, IN 46406


Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens Native Plant Sale

When: May 6, 10am-1pm

Where: Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens

7402 W Lake Katherine Dr

Palos Heights, IL 60463


Irons Oaks Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder by May 5

Pickup/in-person sale May 20, 9am-12pm

Where: Irons Oaks 20000 Western Ave

Olympia Fields, IL 60461

More info: www.ironsoaks.com


Thorn Creek Audubon Society/Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve Native Plant Sale

When: May 20, 9am-2pm

May 21, 10am-12pm

Where: Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve 1100 Ridge Rd

Homewood, IL 60430


The Nature Foundation of Will County Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder April 1-30

Pickup/in-person sale May 20, 9am-2pm or May 21, 9am-12pm

Where: Isle a la Cache

501 E 135th St (Romeo Rd)

Romeoville, IL 60446


27th Annual Friends of Indiana Dunes’ Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder by May 20

Pickup June 2, 4pm-6pm or June 3, 9am-12pm

Plants for sale without preorder on June 3, 9am-1pm

Where: Friends of Indiana Dunes' Office

1000 W Oak Hill Rd

Porter, IN 46304


2nd Annual Sag Moraine Native Plant Community Native Plant Sale

When: June 3, 9am-2pm

Where: Parking Lot D3 at Moraine Valley Community College

9000 College Pkwy

Palos Hills, IL 60465

More info: www.sagmoraine.org


The Nature Foundation of Will County Pollinator Party Native Plant Sale

When: June 24

Where: Isle a la Cache

501 E 135th St (Romeo Rd)

Romeoville, IL 60446


The Nature Foundation of Will County Summer Blooms Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder from June 9 - July 9

Pickup/in-person sale July 29-30

Where: Isle a la Cache

501 E 135th St (Romeo Rd)

Romeoville, IL 60446


The Nature Foundation of Will County Hummingbird Fest Native Plant Sale

When: August 19

Where: Plum Creek Nature Center

27064 Dutton Rd

Beecher, IL 60401


The Nature Foundation of Will County Autumn Native Tree & Scrub Sale

When: Preorder from September 1-24

Pickup/in-person sale September 30

Where: Isle a la Cache

501 E 135th St (Romeo Rd)

Romeoville, IL 60446



West


The Morton Arboretum Arbor Day Plant Sale

When: April 27-29, 9am-4pm (Ticketed Entry)

Where: The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois Route 53

Lisle, IL 60532

More info: www.mortonarb.org


Kane County Forest Preserve Foundation Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder by April 19

Pickup April 29, 8am-11am

In-person sale April 29, 8am-12pm

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

St. Charles, IL 60175

More info: www.kaneforest.com


Wheaton Park District Native Illinois Plant Sale

When: April 29, 8:30am-11am

Where: City of Wheaton Public Works Yard

821 W Liberty Dr

Wheaton, IL 60187


College of DuPage Spring Plant Sale

When: May 11, 8am-5pm

May 12-13, 8am-4pm

Where: College of DuPage Greenhouse

Wheaton, IL 60189

More info: www.cod.edu


McDonald Farm Annual Plant Sale

When: Preorder plant kits May 5-7

Pickup/in-person sale May 12, 3-7pm or May 13, 8:30am-1pm

Where: McDonald Farm

10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd

Naperville, IL 60565


Naperville Community Gardeners' Plant Sale

When: May 13, 7am-1pm

Where: Parking Lot on the north end of Ron Ory Community Garden Plots

811 S West St

Naperville, IL 60540


DuPage Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale

When: May 18, 3-6pm (Pre-sale - Ticket Required)

May 19, 10am-7pm

May 20, 9am-2pm

Where: Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W 31st St

Oak Brook, IL 60523


West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder starting March 15 - May 18

Pickup June 8-10 (Maywood) or June 9-10 (Lemont), 8:45am-2:30pm 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 23, 12pm-4pm

Where: Emily Oaks Nature Center

4650 Brummel St

Skokie, IL 60076


Citizens for Conservation's 27th Annual Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder by April 16

Pickup May 5, 11am-5pm or May 6, 9am-3pm

Public sale May 6-7, 9am-3pm

Where: Hill 'N Dale Preserve 11801 Ridge Rd

Barrington Hills, IL 60010


Go Green Wilmette Native Plant Sale

When: May 13, 9am-11am

Where: Gillson Park

Lake Ave and Michigan Ave

Wilmette, IL 60091


Wicker Park Plant Sale Fundraiser

When: May 13, 10am-6pm

(Rain date May 14)

Where: Wicker Park

1425 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60622


Lake County Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale

When: May 20, 9am-3pm

May 21, 10am-2pm

(Online order and delivery available)

Where: North Bay Pavilion at Independence Grove Forest Preserve

16400 Buckley Rd

Libertyville, IL 60048

More info: www.lcfpd.org


Lake Forest Open Lands Go Native! Plant Sale

When: Preorder by May 12

Pickup May 19, 2-5pm or May 20, 8am-1pm

In-person sale May 20, 8am-1pm

Where: Mellody Farm Nature Preserve

350 N Waukegan Rd

Lake Forest, IL 60045

More info: www.lfola.org


Schaumburg Community Garden Club Online Plant Sale

When: Preorder by April 21

Pickup May 20, 10am-2pm or May 21, 10am-2pm

Where: Spring Valley Nature Center

1111 E Schaumburg Rd

Schaumburg, IL 60193


Chicago Audubon Society Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder by April 22

Pickup May 21, 12-3pm

Where: North Park Village Nature Center

5801 N Pulaski Rd

Chicago, IL 60646


3rd Annual Evanston Environmental Association's Bird Buzz Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder by May 24

Pickup/in-person June 3, 12:30-4:30pm

Where: City of Evanston's Morton Civic Center Parking Lot

2100 Ridge Ave

Evanston, IL 60201


Comfort Station Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder April 28 - May 28

Pickup June 11, 8am-4pm

Where: Brentano Elementary Math and Science Academy

2723 N Fairfield Ave

Chicago, IL 60647


Southport Neighbors Association Native Plant Sale

When: July 15, 9am-3pm

Where: Southport Plaza (along the Lakeview Low-Line)

3410 N Southport Ave

Chicago, IL 60657


Go Green Winnetka Fall Native Plant Sale

When: September 9, 9-11am

Where: Indian Hill Park

131 Wilson St

Winnetka, IL 60093


 

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-6pm

Sunday: 9am-5pm

Call: 708.422.5335

Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Location: 11606 179th St Mokena, IL 60448

Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm

Saturday: 9am-3pm

Sunday: 10am-3pm

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

Sunday: 10am-3pm

Call: 708.532.3575

Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouse, Inc.

Location: 10300 E 9000 N Rd

Grant Park, IL 60940

Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am-6pm

Saturday: 8am-5pm

Call: 815.465.6310


West

Christy Webber Farm & Garden

Location: 2833 W Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60612

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

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Call: 708.366.9500


The Growing Place

Locations: 25w471 Plank Rd

Naperville, IL 60563

and

2000 Montgomery Rd

Aurora, IL 60504

Hours: Friday-Wednesday: 10am-5pm

Thursday: 10am-6pm

Call: 630.355.4000 (Naperville) | 630.820.8088 (Aurora)


Hinsdale Nurseries

Location: 7200 S Madison St

Willowbrook, IL 60527

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 7am-4:30pm

Call: 630.323.1411

McAdam Nursery & Garden Center

Location: 2001 Des Plaines Ave

Forest Park, IL 60130

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 9am-3pm

Call: 708.771.2299


Sprout Home

Location: 745 N Damen Ave

Chicago, IL 60622

Hours: Everyday: 10am-6pm

Call: 312.226.5950


Wasco Nursery & Garden Center

Locations: 41 W781 IL-64

St. Charles, IL 60175

Hours: Everyday: 10am-5pm

Call: 630.584.4424


North

Chalet Landscaping & Garden

Location: 3132 Lake Ave

Wilmette, IL 60091

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

and

Location: 695 N Western Ave

Lake Forest, IL 60045

Hours: Friday-Sunday: 10am-5pm

Call: 847.256.0561

Farmer’s Market Garden Center

Location: 4110 N Elston Ave Chicago, IL 60618

Hours: Monday-Friday: 11am-6pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 9am-4pm

Call: 773.539.1200

Ferraro Garden Spot

Location: 826 Skokie Blvd

Northbrook, IL 60062

Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:30am-3pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Call: 847.272.1840


Fertile Garden Center LLC

Location: 3645 N Kedzie

Chicago, IL 60618

Hours: Monday-Sunday: 9am-5pm

Call: 773.472.8733

Natives Haven Nursery

Location: 13809 Durkee Rd Harvard, IL 60033

Hours: Opening May 25

Thursday-Saturday: 10am-5pm

Call: 815.344.6623


Reds Garden Center

Location: 3460 Dundee Rd Northbrook, IL 60062

Hours: Monday-Friday: 7am-6pm

Saturday: 7am-5pm

Sunday: 9am-5pm

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 Friends Native Plant Nursery

Based in Chicago, IL

(Option for local pickup)


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.


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