Where to Buy Native Plants Around Chicago - 2020 (Social Distancing Edition)


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 fourth year in a row, we've compiled a list of where you can buy quality native plants and perennials in Chicagoland. But things are a little different this spring...


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, local native plant suppliers have adapted to offer delivery, contact-less curbside pick up, or strict safety procedures for customers in-store. We've provided those details in the list below.


For the curbside pick up options, check the map below to see which plant sales and nurseries are near your home. (If the map does not appear on your device, click here.)

2020 Chicagoland Plant Sales

Preorder and Pick Up

DuPage Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale

- Curbside pick up

When: Preorder by May 17

Schedule for pickup either June 5 or 6

Where: Mayslake Peabody Estate

717 31st St

Oak Brook, IL 60523

More info: www.dupageforest.org

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center Native Plant Sale

- Contact-less pick up

When: Preorder by May 19

Pick up May 23 (your scheduled time will be emailed to you)

Where: Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center

20000 Western Ave Olympia Fields, IL 60461

More info: www.ironsoaks.com

Go Green Wilmette Native Plant Sale

- Curbside pick up

When: Preorder starting May 1

Pickup May 30 between 9am-11am

Where: Wilmette Public Works Yard

711 Laramie Ave Wilmette, IL 60091

More info: www.gogreenwilmette.org

Garfield Park Conservatory Annual Seedling Sale

- Preorder and contact-less pick up

When: Order online starting May 5

Schedule pick up for May 21, 22 or 23

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Ave

Chicago, IL 60624

More info: www.garfieldconservatory.org

West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

- Preorder and pick up

When: Preorder by May 13 Pick up June 6 (you will be contacted with your pick up time and location)

Where: Forest Preserves of Cook County Maintenance Facility at Miller Meadow

2199 S 1st Ave

Maywood, IL 60153

or

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

12545 W 111th St

Lemont, IL 60439

More info: www.westcook.wildones.org

In-Store, Pick Up, and/or Delivery

South

Alsip Home & Nursery

- Online order and curbside pick up

Where: 20601 S LaGrange Rd

Frankfort, IL 60423

Website: www.alsipnursery.com


City Grange

- Natives available in-store beginning week of May 11, with safety precautions in place

Where: 1818 W 99th St

Chicago, IL 60643

Hours: Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: 10am-6pm

Thursday: 10am-8pm

Saturday: 9am-8pm

Website: www.citygrange.com

Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

- Online order and curbside pick up

Where: 11606 179th St Mokena, IL 60448

Website: www.jimmelkalandscaping.com

Ted's Greenhouse, Inc.

- Open to public with safety precautions in place

- Curbside pick up offered

- Call to inquire about delivery

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.

- Open to public with safety precautions in place, see website for details

- Call to inquire about delivery

Where: 10300 E 9000 N Rd

Grant Park, IL 60940

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 7am-6pm

Website: www.woldhuisfarms.com


West

Christy Webber Farm & Garden

- Contact-less pick up

- Call to inquire about delivery

Where: 2833 W Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60612

Website: www.cwfng.com

City Escape Garden Center & Design Studio

- Open to public with safety precautions in place

- Video chat virtual shopping experience offered, call to make arrangements

- Curbside pick up offered

- Call to inquire about delivery

Where: 3022 W Lake St

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours: Everyday: 10am-4pm

Website: www.cityescape.net


Good Earth Greenhouse

- Open to public with safety precautions in place

- Contact to inquire about curbside pick up or delivery

Where: 7900 W Madison

River Forest, IL 60305

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Website: www.goodearthgreenhouse.com

McAdam Nursery & Garden Center

- Open to public with safety precautions in place, see website for details

- Contact to inquire about curbside pick up or delivery

Where: 2001 Des Plaines Ave

Forest Park, IL 60130

Website: www.mcadamlandscape.com


Pioneer Garden & Feed

- Open to public with safety precautions in place, see website for details

- Contact to inquire about curbside pick up

Where: 118 S Villa Ave

Villa Park, IL 60181

Website: www.pioneergardenandfeed.com


North

Chalet Landscaping & Garden

- Phone, video chat, or email shopping experience offered

Where: 3132 Lake Ave

Wilmette, IL 60091

Website: www.chaletnursery.com


City Grange

- Natives available for online ordering and curbside pickup beginning week of May 11

Where: 5500 N Western Ave

Chicago, IL 60625

Website: www.citygrange.com

Farmer’s Market Garden Center

- Online ordering

- Curbside pick up

- Contact to inquire about delivery

Where: 4110 N Elston Ave Chicago, IL 60618

Website: www.gardenchicago.com

Ferraro Garden Spot

- Online, phone, or email ordering

- Contact to inquire about curbside pick up or delivery

Where: 826 Skokie Blvd

Northbrook, IL 60062

Website: www.ferrarogardenspot.com

Gethsamane Garden Center

- Phone orders

- Curbside pick up

- See website for delivery details

Where: 5739 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60660

Website: www.gethsemanegardens.com

Delivery Only

Agrecol LLC

- Online order and delivery Based in Evansville, WI

Website: www.Agrecol.com


Craeft Urban Gardens

- Contact to order and inquire about delivery and installation

Based in Lake Zurich, IL

Website: www.craeft.net

Heritage Flower Farm

- Online order and delivery

Based in Mukwonago WI

Website: www.heritageflowerfarm.com

Homan Grown Nursery

- Online order and delivery

Based in Chicago, IL

Website: www.homangrown.org

Native Wildflowers & Seeds from Ion Exchange, Inc.

- Online order and delivery

Based in Harper’s Ferry, IA

Website: www.ionxchange.com

Natural Communities Native Plants

- Online order and delivery

Based in Batavia, IL

Website: www.naturalcommunities.net


Possibility Place Nursery

- Online order and delivery

Based in Monee, IL

Website: www.possibilityplace.com

Prairie Moon Nursery

- Online order and delivery

Based in Winona, MN

Website: www.prairiemoon.com

Prairie Nursery

- Online order and delivery

Based in Westfield, WI

Website: www.prairienursery.com

Let us know of any plant sales or nurseries 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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