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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MJV/NCTC Webinar Team

Tracy McCleaf

US Fish and Wildlife Service
National Conservation Training Center
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Native Plant Sales

NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus, a number of Native Plant Sales are being cancelled. As the information comes in, the information will be updated, but do plan to check with organization.

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

Dates for 2020 are being updated as they become available.


McHenry County

Cancelled – Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee
May 3, 2020  First Sunday in May at McHenry County College
Noon to 3 PM  Cash and check only. 150 Species of forbs, grasses and ferns.  Sale has enjoyed an excellent reputation for 30 years.  Excellent Selection.  Sales from other vendors available at same location.  

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County Spring Sustainability Sale
2020 Online thru May 4, Pickup May 8 (10am to 3pm) and May 9 (9am to 11am)4622 Dean St., Woodstock, IL 60098
Trees, shrubs, plants, rain barrels, and composters.  815-337-9502

McHenry County Master Gardeners Plant Sale
May 17, 2020. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock

Lake County

Cancelled -Openlands Native Plant Sale (formerly Conserve Lake County) – 
2020 Information You can order online from April 1 to April 30See link for details. Pick up orders or buy at the pop-up shop May 15, 16, 22, and 23 at  31610 N. Almond Road, Libertyville, IL, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Please check their website at Openlands Native Plant Sale 
Online ordering is encouraged for better selection and prices.

Friends of Volo Bog Native Plant Sale
2019 Online Orders thru Saturday, April 11
Pick-up is on April 18 and 19 at Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside, IL behind the Visitor Center. Order online at

Citizens for Conservation
Cancelled – First weekend in May, 2020 will be May 2 and 3, 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 March 1 until April 13. Check  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
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve  
Saturday, May 16th, 2020  8AM-1PM
350 North Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Cancelled – The Gardeners of Central Lake County Garden Club
Saturday, May 9, 2020, 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  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
Saturday, May 9th, 2020  9am- 3pm
Sunday, May 10th, 2020  10am- 2pm
North Bay Pavilion at Independence Grove in Libertyville
16400 Buckley Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Lake County
Saturday, May 16, 2020
  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 or phone 847-223-8627

Winnebago County

Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter – Rockford area
Constance McCarthy, President
Chapter Contact: (815) 627-0344 or Email Rock River Valley President
2019 Plant SaleOrders due April 26. Pick up Friday, May 10 and Saturday May 11. Pick up times TBA. Please check this link .

Cook County

Chicago Audubon Native Plant Sale Fundraiser  
Pre-order thru May 19, 2019.
Plants shipped direct for a fee, or pick up plants in Batavia.
Wide variety of plants, shrubs and trees.  Please visit

Skokie Park District Earth Day Plant Sale
Date not yet available for 2019
4650 Brummel St, Skokie, IL 60076

Go Green Wilmette 2019 Native Plant Sale Pick-up Location
Saturday May 9th, 2020  9:00 am til Noon.
West Park, 3555 Lake Ave.,  Wilmette, IL

Lake Catherine Nature Center
Information not yet available for 2019
8:00 am to 11:00 am7402 W. Lake Catherine Drive, Palos Heights

Irons Oaks Native Plant Sale
2020 Sale date, May 9, 9:00 to Noon
20000 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields, IL 60461

Thorn Creek Audubon Society/Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 am to noon
Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve
1100 Ridge Road, Homewood, IL 60430

Schaumburg Community Garden Club
Schaumburg Park District
2019 Pre-ordering information available on website
1111 E. Schaumburg Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60193

Wild Ones West Cook Chapter Native Plant Sale
Order now for pick-up June 1, 2019.
405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302t

DuPage County

Morton Arboretum Plant Sale
April 27-28, 2019, for public.  (Open to members April 26)
Saturday hours to public 9:00 am to 1:00 PM.
Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Requires admission to Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Different availabilities for members

Kane-Dupage Soil and Water Conservation District Native Plant Sale
Order due Monday, April 22nd, 2019, Pick up May 31
2315 Dean St, St. Charles, IL 60175

Wheaton Park District Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 27th, 2019  from 8:30AM-1PM
821 W. Liberty Dr, Wheaton, IL
Check details here

College of DuPage Native Plant Sale
Monday, May 6, 2019 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Health and Science Center (HSC) Greenhouse
Proceeds benefit Russell R. Kirt Prairie operations.
After the sale, plants will be available at a booth at the
college-wide plant sales.  Check this link for information.

DuPage County Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale
2019  Friday, May 10 • 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook
Shop for flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs and get expert advice 

Conservation Foundation Native Plant Sale
Order online at by April 22, 2020
Pick up on Saturday, May 9th, 2020 from 8AM-1PM
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565

39th Annual Naperville Community Gardeners Plant Sale
2019 date not yet available.
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/


Kane County

Northern Kane County Wild Ones Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 4th, 2019
28 Brookside Dr, Elgin, IL 60123

Kendall County

Plano Middle School Native Plant Sale
May 15, 2019
802 S. Hale St., Plano, IL 60545

Kendall County Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale
2019 Pick up date Saturday, June 1, 10:00 am to Noon.  Pre-order by May 5.
10460  Rt. Highway 71, Yorkville

Will County

Forest Preserve District of Will County
Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 18th, 2019  9AM-2PM
17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433
More than 150 species of  native perennials,  trees and shrubs

Kankakee County

Illinois Native Plant Society Kankakee Torrent Chapter Native Plant Sale
Date not yet available for 2019 (Check INPS listing below)
Small Memorial Park during Rhubarb Festival
S 8th Ave, Kankakee, Illinois 60901

Sangamon County

Illinois Native Plant Society Native Plant Sale
May 11, 2019  9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Illinois State Fairgrounds Commodities Pavilion
801 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield, IL

Indiana locations

Friends of Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 13th, 2019 8AM-1PM
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304

Gibson Woods Wild Ones 16th Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 4th, 2019
6201 Parrish Ave, Hammond, IN 46323

Wisconsin location

Wild Ones Menomonee River Area Native Plant Sale
2019 date not yet available
W180 N6275 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53052

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

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: .  Look for NGN

*Planters Palette
28 West 571 Roosevelt Road
Winfield, IL 60190

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

*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

*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

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

Northwest Suburban Locations

Glacier Oaks Nursery
8216 White Oaks Road
Harvard, IL, 60033

Hawthorn Gardens Center and Gift Store
24481 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
Phone number is: 847-726-0627
They provide a selected of straight native species and will provide curbside pick-up.

Blazing Star Nursery
2107 Edgewood Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098

Ohana FarmsTree and Shrub Nursery in Marengo, IL.
They have a selection of natives included in their stock.

Natives Haven Native Wildflower Nursery
13809 Durkee Rd, Harvard, IL 60033
(815) 344-6623

Red Buffalo Nursery
 5515 Hill Road, Richmond, IL, 60071
Tel: 815-678-4848 Appointment suggested.
Spring sale dates – first two weekends in May.  10 am to 4 pm.
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.  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

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.

Further Afield:  Other native plant nurseries can be found through the Plant Natives webpage.  Illinois is on this page:

*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.

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.

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 Opportunities

CLC Volunteer Opportunities

Join our effort. Consider volunteering with CLC – assist in promoting native plant use, native gardens and natural habitat on private lands in the CLC Chicago Region (26 counties).

Help is needed in the following areas:

  • Social media – Facebook, Twitter, others as appropriate
  • Communication – contact with supporters and prospective supporters
  • Website – content,  responding to inquiries
  • Events – tabling, presentations
  • Garden club initiative – outreach, content development
  • Administrative support

For more information contact us at . To volunteer, use our
Contact Page. We will be happy to work with you to match your available time and interests with our needs.  You should know that your contribution will be valuable.

Partner Volunteer Opportunities

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



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: