Plant Local, Think Global at Native Plant Sale at Mayslake May 10 and 11

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Plant Local, Think Global at District's Native Plant Sale at Mayslake May 10 and 11

Sale offers expert advice and more than 100 types of flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees

(April 25, 2019) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites gardeners to plant local and think global by shopping at its Native Plant Sale on Friday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook.

New this year, the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the District’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit support group, will give away 200 bur oak, 200 swamp white oak and 100 red oak sapling to interested attendees.

Shoppers should look for staff with “plant expert” caps at the sale to answer questions and provide advice on creating inviting habitats in their own backyards. Purchases can be paid for with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. All proceeds from the sale will support the District’s educational programming.

Plants at the sale originate from seed collected within 100 miles of DuPage County and are not treated with insecticides containing neonicotinoids, which are harmful to bees and other insect pollinators. Gardeners who landscape with native plants help wildlife by providing habitat vital to preserving biodiversity.

Gardeners can also get free wood chips at the District’s Blackwell native plant nursery, 29W218 Mack Road in West Chicago, on Saturday, May 11 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More information about gardening with native plants and attracting pollinators is available at the following District-sponsored programs:

Native Landscaping: For Birds, Bees and You, April 27, 9 – 10:30 a.m., Fullersburg Woods. Learn how to create a beautiful, lower-maintenance, highly productive, resource-conserving backyard landscape that benefits wildlife and you. Ages 18 and up. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-850-8110.

Eco Wind Chime Workshop, May 2, 10 a.m. – noon, Mayslake. Bring tranquility to your garden by making a wind chime from repurposed materials, and get inspiration for other “upcycled” projects. Supplies included. Ages 18 and up. $20 per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566.

An Evening for the OAKS, May 15, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Woodridge Park District Community Center. Learn what you can do to help the county’s rare oak communities. This joint event with the Woodridge Park District will have a brief presentation by local experts on planting and caring for oaks followed by a Q-and-A session. All ages; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-933-7248.

Wellness Stretching for Gardening, June 12, 9 – 10 a.m., Mayslake. Explore ways to keep your muscles and joints flexible as you work in your garden. Be ready to stretch and move at this active beginner’s program, and learn easy ways to keep your whole body (and mind) fit. Ages 18 and up. $3 per person in advance; $5 at the program. Register online or at 630-206-9566.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60+ forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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