Native Landscaping: Planning and Planting

A Blog Story About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

Native Landscaping: Planning and Planting

Posted by Dave Andrusyk | 2/25/21 3:19 PM

Spring is quickly approaching, making this a great time to start planning your garden and yard.

The DuPage Forest Preserve District is excited to offer our Native Landscaping program series to help you create a beautiful garden and yard with native plants that benefit native wildlife.

So if you’re looking for inspiration, ideas or helpful advice, we’ve got a program for you!


Native Landscaping: Species Selection Q & A 
Learn how to read plant tags, identify your soil type and estimate how much sun your garden gets. Then, ask questions about specific species and how they will grow in your native garden, and get planting advice. This program will teach you how to select what to plant based on its growing requirements (sunlight and moisture). Ages 18 and up. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-850-8110.

March 24 7 – 8:30 p.m. Online


Once you've mapped out your native landscaping, order your native plants online at as part of our annual Native Plant Sale! Look through our Native Plant Sale catalog (PDF) and place your order online or by phone at 630-933-7247 (phone orders will only be taken Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Pick up your plants curbside May 14 or 15 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. 



Topics: Insider, Health and wellness, Recreation, Take 5, Nature, native plant, Native Plant Sale

Written by Dave Andrusyk

Dave Andrusyk is the Fullersburg Woods campus coordinator at the Forest Preserve District and has worked for the District since 1998. He spent five years working in Natural Resource Management, doing restoration work in the preserves. Dave later taught school, scout and general public programs in the District’s forest preserves. His knowledge of native gardening stems from years of field experience with the Forest Preserve District and working on native plots at his home.