Note: Sale dates have been pushed back due to COVID-19 outbreak
Presale Orders Begin March 9 for Annual Native Plant Sale on June 5 & 6
Shop for flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs and get expert advice on creating inviting habitats
(March 4, 2020) — Gardeners are invited to think global and plant local by placing presale orders starting March 9 for the DuPage Forest Preserve District’s annual Native Plant Sale
, which will be on Friday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate
, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook.
The Native Plant Sale catalog — with photos, descriptions, prices and presale order information — is posted at dupageforest.org/native-plant-sale
, which also has links to upcoming Forest Preserve District programs and blogs on native landscaping.
Gardeners placing presale orders should act fast: Presale orders are processed in the order they’re received and are limited to the first 350 customers. There’s a five-plant minimum on orders, and all orders are subject to supplier availability. Orders need to be picked up and paid for at Mayslake Peabody Estate on Thursday, June 4 from 2 to 7 p.m. or at the sale on Friday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All proceeds from the sale support educational programming at the Forest Preserve District.
“This year we are thrilled to be hosting our annual Native Plant Sale during our ‘Pollinators in Action’ initiative, a District-wide effort where nature enthusiasts can learn about the importance of native landscapes and how they support our diverse and native wildlife,” said Anamari Dorgan, Forest Preserve District director of community services and education. “We are also expanding presale pickup hours and our educational opportunities during the tent sale to accommodate busy schedules.”
Most plants at this year’s 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 additional habitat and food sources for them.
“Native plants provide better nectar sources for butterflies and other insects compared to many traditional ornamental plants,” said Scott Meister, manager of Natural Resources. “And once established, native plants don’t need to be fertilized or watered.”
Gardeners can learn about landscaping with native plants at several Forest Preserve District programs, but should also visit dupageforest.org/calendar-of-events
to learn about other programs celebrating pollinators.
Native Landscaping: Design
Bring digital or hand-drawn pictures of your landscaping plan to a 45-minute customized session with our experts, and then leave with a design for your own backyard habitat. Sessions start at 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $15 per person. Register online or at 630-850-8110.
Native Landscaping: All About Plants
Learn about the benefits of native plants and how they differ from ornamentals. Get tips and tricks for planting natives in your own yard to attract pollinators and other wildlife. Ages 18 and up. $10 per person. Register online
or at 630-850-8110
Identify different flowers, and discover which you can grow at home during a leisurely walk with a plant expert. Ages 18 and up. $5 per person. Register online
or at 630-850-8110
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, 166 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blog, Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram pages.