Monarch Joint Venture Webinar: Getting Monarchs Into Business

Businesses and corporations can help create native habitat on private property.  Here is information on a webinar scheduled for Aug. 28, 2018.  One of the presenters is Iris Caldwell (UIC) who will discuss activities of Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group, an organization active in the Chicago Area.

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 28th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT (1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific)

Webinar Title: Getting Monarchs Into Business: Case studies of monarch conservation

Description: Thelma Redick will discuss the business case for support monarch conservation, exploring how businesses work with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) to incorporate conservation into business operations, corporate citizenship initiatives and business management targets. Several quick-fire case studies will introduce the breadth of project types implemented by WHC members, across sectors and with varying resource availability. Susan Kelsey, will then take a deep dive into how GM, a long-time member of the Wildlife Habitat Council, monarch habitat a priority among their suite of pollinator projects in North America. With more than seventy certified programs world-wide, GM has used very effectively used monarch habitat as one way to engage employees and community, enhance habitat, and link to local, regional and national ecological initiatives. Iris Caldwell will then provide an overview of how organizations in the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group are approaching monarch habitat conservation, also featuring a couple of industry case studies.

Presenters:  Iris Caldwell, Energy Resources Center, Thelma Redick, Wildlife Habitat Council and Susan Kelsey, GM.

Register: Getting Monarchs into Business

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We look forward to your participation!
MJV/NCTC Webinar Team

Tracy McCleaf

US Fish and Wildlife Service
National Conservation Training Center
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
304-876-7781
tracy_mccleaf@fws.gov

Native Plant Sales

Sales are grouped by county, proceeding north to south, and organized chronologically within county.  

 

Organizations

 

McHenry County

Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee
May 6, 2018  First Sunday in May at McHenry County College
Noon to 3 PM  150 Species of forbs, grasses and ferns.  Sale has enjoyed an excellent reputation for 30 years.  Excellent Selection.  http://www.thewppc.org/sale.html  Sales from other vendors available at same location.  

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County Spring Plant Sale
Online thru May 7, 204622 Dean St., Woodstock, IL 60098
https://conservemc.org/store/tlc-native-plants/

McHenry County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
May 20, 2018. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock

Lake County

Openlands Native Plant Sale online (formerly Conserve Lake County) – please check their website at Openlands Native Plant Sale. You can order online from March 29 to April 29.  See link for details. Pick up orders May 18-31 at Almond Marsh Forest Preserve at 32492 N. Almond Road, just south of Route 120 in Grayslake.  

Friends of Volo Bog Native Plant Sale
April 3-22, Orders thru Saturday, April 14, at 3:00 pm.
Pick-up is on April 21 from 10 am to 2 pm, and April 22 from 11 am to 2 pm at Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside, IL behind the Visitor Center https://www.friendsofvolobog.org/native-tree-shrub-sale

Citizens for Conservation
First weekend in May, 2018 will be May 5 and 6, held on the grounds of Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.  Lake County.   Over 200 varieties of forbs, ferns, grasses, trees and shrubs. Pre-orders on line until April 10.  http://citizensforconservation.org Also fall tree and shrub sale by pre-order only in August for delivery in September each year

Lake Forest Open Lands Go Native! Plant Sale
Saturday, May 12th, 2018  8AM-1PM
350 North Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
http://www.lfola.org/go-native-plant-tree-sale

The Gardeners of Central Lake County Garden Club
Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Crawford Warming House, 817 W. Lake Street, Libertyvillle
Beautiful healthy local plants for sun or shade, Cash or check http://www.gardenersofcentrallakecounty.org  or call Cindy at 847-772-2186
Knowledgeable club members on hand to help you with your selection.   

Lake County Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale
Sunday, May 13th, 2018 10AM-2PM
16400 Buckley Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048
http://www.lcfpd.org/plantsal

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Lake County
May 19, 2018
  annual plant sale – “From our Garden to Yours”. Plants available include perennials shared from the Master Gardener’s gardens, natives, herbs and vegetable plant seedlings. Used garden-related items will be available for sale in our “Garden Treasures” area. Payments accepted in cash and check only.
University of Illinois Extension, 100 S. Highway 45, Grayslake, IL 60030.  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  For further information, go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lm/lakemg/4140.html or phone 847-223-8627

Openlands Native Plant Sale
(formerly Conserve Lake County)
Pop-up Shop on site sale at Almond Marsh Forest Preserve at 32492 N. Almond Road, just south of Route 120 in Grayslake.  Shop on site May 18-31, except Mondays and Tuesdays.

Winnebago County

Rock River Valley Chapter – Rockford area
Constance McCarthy, President
Chapter Contact: (815) 627-0344 or Email Rock River Valley President
2018 Plant Sale – Orders due April 27. Pick up Friday, May 11 3:00 to 7:00 and Saturday May 12, 9:00 to 2:00.  Please check this link  
for information and dates of sales.

Cook County

Native Plant Sale, Fundraiser for Chicago Audubon
Pre-order thru April 29.
Pick up plants in Riverside, May 19
63 East Burlington Street, Riverside, Illinois
https://naturalcommunities.net/pages/audubon-native-plant-sale-fundraiser 

Skokie Park District Earth Day Plant Sale
Date not yet available for 2018
4650 Brummel St, Skokie, IL 60076
https://www.skokieparks.org/special-events

Go Green Wilmette 2018 Native Plant Sale Pick-up Location
Saturday May 12th, 2018  (No pre-ordering in 2018)
Lakeview Center in Gillson Park,  Wilmette, IL
http://www.gogreenwilmette.org/plantsale/

Lake Catherine Nature Center
Saturday, May 12, 2018,
8:00 am to 11:00 am7402 W. Lake Catherine Drive, Palos Heights http://www.lakekatherine.org/special-events.cfm

Irons Oaks Native Plant Sale
Check website for 2018 date
20000 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields, IL 60461
http://www.ironsoaks.com/programs-and-events/community-programs.aspx

Schaumburg Community Garden Club
Schaumburg Park District
Sunday, May 20st, 2018 10am-2pm
1111 E. Schaumburg Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60193
http://schaumburggardenclub.org/plantsales/native-plant-sale/

Wild Ones West Cook Chapter Native Plant Sale
Pre-orders until May 20, 2018.  Pick up on June 2
405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302t
http://westcook.wildones.org/plantsale

DuPage County

Morton Arboretum Plant Sale
April 29, 2018, for public.  (Open to members April 27 and 28)
11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Requires admission to Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
https://www.mortonarb.org/events/arbor-day-plant-sale

Kane-Dupage Soil and Water Conservation District Native Plant Sale
Order due Monday, April 20th, 2018, Pick up June 1
2315 Dean St, St. Charles, IL 60175
http://www.kanedupageswcd.org/sales.htm

Wheaton Park District Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 28th, 2018  from 8:30AM-1PM
821 W. Liberty Dr, Wheaton, IL
Check details here http://wheatonparkdistrict.com/

DuPage Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale
May 11th 11-7PM, May 12th 9-2 2018
Final pre-order day April 16
1717 31st St, Oak Brook, IL 60523
http://dupageforest.org/nativeplantsale/

Conservation Foundation Native Plant Sale
Order online at https://naturalcommunities.net by April 22, 2018
Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 8AM-1PM
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565
http://www.theconservationfoundation.org/

39th Annual Naperville Community Gardeners Plant Sale
Saturday, May 12th. 7am to 1pm

Wide selection of Native pollinator plants, shared member Perennials, Annuals and Veggies Naperville’s Ron Ory Garden Plots On West St.More info at http/napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

Kane County

Northern Kane County Wild Ones Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
28 Brookside Dr, Elgin, IL 60123
Northernkanecounty.wildones.org

Kendall County

Plano Middle School Native Plant Sale
Date not yet available for 2018
802 S. Hale St., Plano, IL 60545
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t5hdJ7gOO93z3Raw-FexkxV2KIBMFqpQNoG3sTeHMsM/edit

Kendall County Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale
May 27, 2018, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Pre-order by May 6.
10460  Rt. Highway 71, Yorkville
https://naturalcommunities.net/pages/kendall-county-native-plant-sale

Will County

Forest Preserve District of Will County
May 19, 2018  9-2 pm
17540 Laraway Road, Joliet

Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 19th, 2018 9AM-2PM
17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433
http://www.reconnectwithnature.org

Kankakee County

Illinois Native Plant Society Kankakee Torrent Chapter Native Plant Sale
Date not yet available for 2018 (Check INPS listing below)
Small Memorial Park during Rhubarb Festival
S 8th Ave, Kankakee, Illinois 60901
http://www.ill-inps.org/kankakee-torrent-chapter/

Sangamon County

Illinois Native Plant Society Native Plant Sale
April 28, 2018  9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Illinois State Fairgrounds Commodities Pavilion
801 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield, IL
http://ill-inps.org/central-chapter-plant-sale/

Indiana locations

Friends of Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 8AM-1PM
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304
http://friendofindianadunes.org/

Gibson Woods Wild Ones 16th Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
6201 Parrish Ave, Hammond, IN 46323
http://www.gw-wildones.org/plant-sale-1.html

Wisconsin location

Wild Ones Menomonee River Area Native Plant Sale
June 1st-30th, 2018
W180 N6275 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53052 http://menomoneeriverarea.wildones.org/native-plant-sale/

Nurseries Selling Native Plants

West Suburban Locations
*The Growing Place       (TWO LOCATIONS) NGN
Natural Garden Native brand
25 W 471 Plank Road, Naperville, IL 60563
Naperville: (630) 355-4000

2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora, IL 60504
Aurora: (630) 820-8088
http://thegrowingplace.com/

NOTE:   Natural Garden Natives TM (NGN) is a true native brand that represents natives sourced from within 90 miles of St. Charles.  They can be purchased directly from the warehouse of Midwest Groundcovers, above. They can also be found at numerous nurseries here: http://www.naturalgardennatives.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/wheretobuy.find .  Look for NGN

*Planters Palette
28 West 571 Roosevelt Road
Winfield, IL 60190
630-293-1040
Planterspalette.com

Natural Communities
Batavia;
Tel: (331) 248-1016 Nick Fuller  Appointment suggested.
Web: NaturalCommunities, Batavia  Email: NaturalCommunities.IL@gmail.com

*Midwest Groundcovers LLC Natural Garden Natives
6N800 Illinois Route 25
P.O. Box 748 , St. Charles, IL 60174 (near Bartlett)
Tel: 847/742-1790 Fax: 847/742-2655
Web: http://www.midwestgroundcovers.com.

*Wasco Nursery
41W781 Route 64, St. Charles, IL 60175
Tel: (630) 584-4424 (West of Randall Road)
Web: Wasco Nursery  Pollinator Kits $99
They have a selection of native plants included in their stock

Byron Native Nursery (Wholesale only)
POBox 125
St. Charles, IL 60174
630-513-5105
Byronnursery.com

Linda’s Loves (charitable)
4509 Wilson Ave., Downers Grove.
Tel: (630) 971-2411 by appointment only.
Web:  Linda’s Loves 2016 Plants.  Email: Linda at melin80@sbcglobal.net

Northwest Suburban Locations

Glacier Oaks Nursery
8216 White Oaks Road
Harvard, IL, 60033
815-482-7404
glacieroaksnursery.com

Blazing Star Nursery
2107 Edgewood Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-4716
blazingstar.com

Ohana Farms – Tree and Shrub Nursery in Marengo, IL.
http://ohana-farms.com
They have a selection of natives included in their stock.

Natives Haven Native Wildflower Nursery
13809 Durkee Rd, Harvard, IL 60033
(815) 344-6623
http://www.nativeshaven.com

Red Buffalo Nursery
10502 Seaman Rd., Hebron, IL, McHenry County
Tel: 815-648-4838  Appointment suggested.
Web: http://redbuffalonursery.com/  Email:jack@redbuffalonursery.com
Spring sale dates – first four weekends in May 2015.  10 am to 4 pm.
Fall sale dates – first two Sat/Sundays in September 2015.
Also sell at farmer’s markets.  Check their website for information.

Natural Communities Native Plants  This company does not have a brick and mortar store, but serves the Chicago area.  Free local pick-up.
Orders shipped.  https://naturalcommunities.net  This listing overlaps with the entry further down of Natural Communities, but there is somewhat different information.

Cook County, North Suburban

Reds Garden Center  Carries a selection of native plants.
3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL
847-272-1209
http://www.redsgardencenter.com 

South of the Chicago Area

Possibility Place Nursery
7548 W. Monee-Manhattan Road, Monee, IL 60449
Tel: 708/534-3988 Fax: 708/534-6272  By appointment only.
As of July, 2018, you can order a selection of plants online.
Web: www.possibilityplace.com

Further Afield:  Other native plant nurseries can be found through the Plant Natives webpage.  Illinois is on this page:  http://www.plantnative.org/nd_idtoks.htm

*Listings with asterisk are not exclusively natives, but are shown in listings of resources selling native plants.  There may be additional full-service nurseries that carry some natives

Mail Order Native Plant Nurseries

Prairie Moon Nursery – highly-respected nursery with all native plants, pure species.  Selling seeds, potted trays and bare root stock. About 700 Species.  Online catalog, (great Plant Finder feature) or physical catalog.  http://www.prairiemoon.com

Prairie Nursery – another highly-respected nursery with a long history or selling native plants. Pure species. Seeds and plants.  Plant finder feature for the online catalog, or request a catalog.  http://www.prairienursery.com

 

Spring Gardening Inspiration, hosted by Darien Garden Club

On Saturday, March 10, Chicago Living Corridors was an exhibitor at the Darien Garden Club’s Spring Gardening Inspiration.  This event had 115 registrants and 11 exhibitors. The volunteers did a terrific job of planning, from greeting the exhibitors at the entrance to offer assistance, to providing an array of refreshments and lunch, and  wonderful perks. The best goody bag ever and a plant arrangement at every table. There were over thirty baskets of raffle prizes.

Of course, the speakers are the essential part of a good program, and the keynote was given by Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis, Senior Conservation Ecologist, Senior Program Manager, Chicago Region, Field Museum of Natural History.  “What You Plant Matters: the collective impact of urban habitat on people and nature.” She showed maps and graphs diagraming the amount of available open land in the Chicago region, and the opportunities that exist for increasing the habitat for monarchs. The challenges created by climate change were a major focus of her presentation, and the resulting impact on invasives, diseases, flooding, biodiversity, and mismatching of “pheno-phase”.  (meaning that plants will bloom too early due to warmer temperatures and not be available when the insects/birds arrive that depend on those plants.)

She recommended actions that can be taken to withstand the changes, and stressed the need for improving the health of the landscape: tree planting initiatives and the Biodiversity Recovery Plan of Chicago Wilderness were two examples.  Planting native habitat on private property was a key objective, and lines up perfectly with the mission of Chicago Living Corridors.

After the keynote, there were two tracks, with two speakers on native plant subjects and two speakers on vegetable gardening.

The variety of exhibitors was also a great feature – including tables for Conservation@Home, The Indian Prairie Public Library, Sunny Patch Farm, the Forest Preserves of DuPage County, a Seed Library (I missed the full name, but a terrific idea),  Downers Grove Organic Gardeners, the Garden Clubs of Illinois organization, and Wild Ones of Greater DuPage, as well as a table for the host organization and a few others.

The Darien Garden Club has a number of members that are growing native plants in their home gardens, and the club stands out as a leader in the garden club universe.  Chicago Living Corridors was very pleased to have been invited to exhibit at this function, and meet some of the principals of the Darien Garden Club. We will be exploring creating a connection between the garden club and CLC.  

Volunteer and Job Opportunities

Volunteer with the CLC Organization

Join our effort. Our current areas of focus are:  Outreach, Marketing, Criteria, Mapping, Website, Fundraising and Strategic Planning.

Help is also needed with writing, communicating, social media (Facebook, Twitter, website posts), newsletter, website page content and admin, responding to inquiries in your geographic area, tabling at events, reaching out to garden clubs, and general admin support. Technical assistance in website support, mailmerge (for postal mailings), Google mapping, etc., also welcome.

To get involved with CLC, contact us at info@chicagolivingcorridors.org. Tell us about your interests or organization, and provide contact info.

CLC Volunteer Opportunities

Consider  volunteering remotely with CLC – assist in promoting native plant use, native gardens and natural habitat on private lands in the CLC Chicago Region (26 counties).  Help needed with writing, communicating, social media (Facebook, Twitter, website posts), newsletter, website page content and admin, responding to inquiries in your geographic area, tabling at events, reaching out to garden clubs, and general admin support. Technical assistance in website support, mailmerge (for postal mailings), Google mapping, etc., also welcome. Volunteers will have opportunities to attend seminars and events on behalf of CLC.

Use our Contact Page to find out more about volunteering with CLC.

Partner Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with one of our partner organizations to get your hands in the dirt! See our Participate page for more information.

CLC Part Time Position mid-December 2017 to mid-March 2018

>>> this position has been filled <<<

Help Wanted. Chicago Living Corridors has a part-time, temporary paid position opening. Duties are varied, including writing social media content, administrative and clerical tasks.  Experience with, or a quick learner of, the following:  social media, WordPress website updates (pages and posts), MailChimp, mailing preparation,  Google docs/sheets/forms.  Excellent communication skills preferable:  telephone, emails, social media posts, writing digest/summary of native gardening (etc.) partner organization activity.  Position may also include helping to recruit and coordinate activities of CLC volunteers.  Experience and/or interest in native plants, native gardens, natural habitats, and Chicago Region ecosystem preferable.

This position is for mid-December 2017 to mid-March 2018.  Three months, 25 hours per month.  Work from home.  $20 per hour, 1099 form.

 

 

Join Us at the Wild Things Conference

Get the latest news, research, and happenings in Chicago conservation at the Wild Things Conference.  We are excited to have our own track at the conference; our track will focus on things people can do on small and large tracts of privately held land.  Speakers are people who think their yards are nature preserves and treat them accordingly.  Instead of the standard landscaping (lawns and ornamentals, often invasive species), these people have gone the wild route and have been rewarded with the return of nature in their own yards. Learn how Chicago Living Corridors is working to connect all of these bits of land.  We are the “G” sessions except for 6G.

1G – Synergies: All Hands on Deck to Save the Monarch
2G – Current Corridor Initiatives–and What’s Next.
3G – CLC Introduces Private Property Corridor Mapping: Green Infrastructure Mapping Can be Used to Identify Priority Habitat Corridors
4G – The Front Yard as Habitat: One Family’s Adventure Living with Nature, and the Far-Reaching Benefits
5G – Nurseries: the Conundrum of Meeting Increasing Demand for Seeds and Plants
7G – Birdscaping Your Yard

Learn more and register here:

http://www.wildthingscommunity.org/wild-things-conference-2017