Where to Buy Native Plants Around Chicago - 2021


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 fifth year in a row, we've compiled a list of where you can buy quality native plants and perennials in Chicagoland.


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.) There are also delivery options in the list below.

2021 Chicagoland Plant Sales

Garfield Park Conservatory Online Spring Plant Sale

When: Online ordering and contact-free pickup beginning March 26, 10am

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Ave

Chicago, IL 60624

More info: www.garfieldconservatory.org


Skokie Park District Earth Day Celebration & Native Plant Sale

When: April 25, 12-4pm

Where: Emily Oaks Nature Center

4650 Brummel St

Skokie, IL 60076

More info: www.skokieparks.org


Go Green Wilmette Native Plant Sale

When: Ordering details TBD

Pickup May 8 between 9am-12pm

Where: Gillson Park

Lake Ave & Michigan Ave Wilmette, IL 60091

More info: www.gogreenwilmette.org


Wicker Park Plant Sale Fundraiser

When: May 8, 10am-6pm

Where: Wicker Park

1425 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60622

More info: www.wickerpark.org


DuPage Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale

When: Order online or by phone starting March 15

Pickup curbside May 14 & 15

Where: Mayslake Peabody Estate

717 W 31st St

Oak Brook, IL 60523

More info: www.dupageforest.org

Schaumburg Community Garden Club Native Plant Sale

When: Preorder online by April 30

Pickup May 22 & 23

Where: Spring Valley Nature Center

1111 E Schaumburg Rd

Schaumburg, IL 60193

More info: www.schaumburggardenclub.org


West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale

When: Order online starting March 15

Pickup June 3-5 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

More info: www.westcook.wildones.org

Nurseries & Greenhouses

South

Alsip Home & Nursery

Location: 20601 S LaGrange Rd

Frankfort, IL 60423

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am-8pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9am-6pm

Call: 815.469.1044

Website: www.alsipnursery.com


City Grange

Location: 1818 W 99th St

Chicago, IL 60643

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 10am-6pm

Call: 312.883.9721

Website: www.citygrange.com

Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Location: 11606 179th St Mokena, IL 60448

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-4pm

Call: 708.349.6989

Website: www.jimmelkalandscaping.com

Ted's Greenhouse, Inc.

Location: 16930 84th Ave

Tinley Park, IL 60487

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-3pm

Sunday: 10am-3pm

Call: 708.532.3575

Website: www.tedsgreenhouse.com

Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouse, Inc.

Location: 10300 E 9000 N Rd

Grant Park, IL 60940

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 8am-4pm

Call: 815.465.6310

Website: www.woldhuisfarms.com


West

Christy Webber Farm & Garden

Location: 2833 W Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am-6pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9am-5pm

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 to Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Call: 708.366.9500

Website: www.goodearthgreenhouse.com

McAdam Nursery & Garden Center

Location: 2001 Des Plaines Ave

Forest Park, IL 60130

Hours: Opening April 1, but taking orders now

Call: 708.771.4903

Website: www.mcadamlandscape.com


Pioneer Garden & Feed

Location: 118 S Villa Ave

Villa Park, IL 60181

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 10am-4pm

Call: 630.832.0815

Website: www.pioneergardenandfeed.com


North

Chalet Landscaping & Garden

Location: 3132 Lake Ave

Wilmette, IL 60091

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm

Call: 847.256.0561

Website: www.chaletnursery.com


City Grange

Location: 5500 N Western Ave

Chicago, IL 60625

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 10am-6pm

Call: 312.883.9721

Website: www.citygrange.com

Farmer’s Market Garden Center

Location: 4110 N Elston Ave Chicago, IL 60618

Hours: Everyday: 10am-6pm

Call: 773.539.1200

Website: www.gardenchicago.com

Ferraro Garden Spot

Location: 826 Skokie Blvd

Northbrook, IL 60062

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am-3pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Call: 847.272.1840

Website: www.ferrarogardenspot.com

Gethsamane Garden Center

Location: 5739 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60660

Hours: Everyday: 9am-4pm

Call: 773.878.5915

Website: www.gethsemanegardens.com


Natives Haven Nursery

Location: 13809 Durkee Rd Harvard, IL 60033

Hours: Opening May 28

Call: 815.344.6623

Website: www.nativeshaven.com

Plant Delivery

Agrecol LLC

Based in Evansville, WI

Website: www.Agrecol.com

Heritage Flower Farm

Based in Mukwonago WI

Website: www.heritageflowerfarm.com

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


Possibility Place Nursery

Based in Monee, IL

Website: www.possibilityplace.com

Prairie Moon Nursery

Based in Winona, MN

Website: www.prairiemoon.com

Prairie Nursery

Based in Westfield, WI

Website: www.prairienursery.com


Landscapers


Want someone else to source the plants and plant them? 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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