Chicago Living Corridors Next Webinar, Unexpected Pleasure by Ders Anderson – November 11, 2020, 7:00 pm

Chicago Living CorridorsThe November webinar for Chicaog Living Corridors will be Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 7:00 pm. The presenter will be Ders Anderson, who will share “Unexpected Pleasures: What our restored habit taught us”.

Ders has served as the Greenways Director for Openlands for 25 years, focused on greenway corridors of open space, both land-based and stream-based. We hope you will join us for this excellent program. Register at

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

2018 Native Plant Sales

Chicago Living Corridors is happy to provide an updated list of native plant sales for 2018.
Please check this link to view.  Sales are listed by county, going north to south, and chronologically within county.

If 2018 dates are not yet posted, they will be updated as the information becomes available.

Native Plant Sales

Sales are grouped by county, proceeding north to south, and were originally organized chronologically within county.   Current listings show a mix of 2023 and 2024 dates.  Listings are updated as the information becomes available.


McHenry County

Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee
May 5, 2024  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
2024 March 21st-April 17th while supplies last!
Order pickup: 2222 Dean St, Woodstock, IL
May 10th, 2024 from 10-3pm 
May 11th, 2024 from 10-12pm
Check website for further details.
4622 Dean St., Woodstock, IL 60098
Trees, shrubs, plants, herbs, vegetables, rain barrels, and composters. 

No 2023 information available at this time.
PO Box 1430  | 1102 McConnell Rd | Woodstock IL 60098
Phone: 815 338 3737 | web.extension.  

Lake County

Openlands 2023 Native Plant Sale (formerly Conserve Lake County) – 
Online ordering available now, thru the fall
Openlands is partnering with Possibility Place Nursery. 
Selection will change thru the season.  Plants will be delivered
Please check

Friends of Volo Bog Native Plant Sale
2024 Orders accepted through 3:00 pm, Friday, May 3th
Order Pick-up Saturday, May 11, 2024 10 am—2 pm at
Volo Bog State Natural Area Behind the Visitor Center

Citizens for Conservation
2024 Native Plant Sale
Online ordering – March 1 to April 15
Pre-order Pickup May 3 from 11 am–5pm and May 4 from 9 am–3 pm
Public Sale May 4 and May 5 from 9 am–3 pm
Hill ‘N Dale Preserve, 11801 Ridge Road, Barrington Hills, Illinois.

 Over 200 varieties of forbs, ferns, grasses, trees and shrubs.  Check  Also fall tree and shrub sale by pre-order only in August for delivery in September each year.

Riverwoods Preservation Council
May 13, 2023, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Riverwoods Village Hall, 300 Portwine Road, Riverwoods, IL (pre-orders preferred, but open inventory will be available on a first-come/first-served basis)

Lake Forest Open Lands Go Native! Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20, 2023  8AM-1PM
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve  
350 North Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Offering a complete selection of native garden kits, shrubs and trees. Pre-order is available for the best selection starting Monday, April 3. Quantities are limited.

The Gardeners of Central Lake County Garden Club 
May 11, 2024,  8:30 am – 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
The Native Plant Sale will take place in person and online this year!
2024 Saturday, May 11 • 9 am–3 pm | Sunday, May 12 • 10 am–12 pm
North Bay Pavilion within Independence Grove in Libertyville
16400 Buckley Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048

The University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of Lake County
Saturday, May 20, 2023
 annual plant sale – Featuring a selection of nursery grown plant varieties not readily available in traditional garden centers – Natives, new cultivars of perennials, grasses and pollinator-friendly plants. Many varieties of home-grown tomatoes and vegetables, as well as gently used garden-related items will also be available for sale. Payments accepted in cash, check or charge.
University of Illinois Extension, 100 S. Highway 45, Grayslake, IL 60030.  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  For further information, go to     Lake County Master Gardener 2023 Plant Sale: University of Illinois Extension  or phone 847-223-8627 

Winnebago County

Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter – Rockford area
Advance orders are due Friday, April 26, 2024
Members-only pick-up Thursday, May 9, 3-7 pm.
Order Pickup and Public Sales, Friday, May 10, 3-7 pm and Saturday, May 11, 9-2 pm.
The pickup location is 4601 Paulson Rd. Caledonia, IL

Cook County

2024 Chicago Bird Alliance Native Plant Sale 
Order online on their website (below).  Order deadline is April 19, 2024
Pickup date is Sunday, May 26. 2024
1:00-3:00 pm at North Park Village Nature Center,
5801 N Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60646.

Skokie Park District Earth Day Plant Sale
April 23, 2023, 12 noon to 4 pm
4650 Brummel St, Skokie, IL 60076

Go Green Wilmette 2023 Native Plant Sale
Saturday May 13th, 2023  9:00 – 11:00 am
Pick-up Location Gillson Park Beach Parking Lot,  Wilmette, IL
Check website for details

Lake Catherine Nature Center
Saturday May 6, 2023, 9 am to 12 p3
7402 W. Lake Catherine Drive, Palos Heights

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 PTA Native Plant Sale
The second annual District 65 PTA One Fund Native Plant Sale will be held Saturday, May 13 from 10am to 1pm at the District 65 warehouse (2017 Greenleaf St., Evanston). Many native plants, shrubs and trees will be available for purchase, and pick up is available for all who pre-ordered. To view the list of plants available for in-person sale only on Saturday, May 13, visit
Trees, shrubs, and plants available

Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies
3701 Davis St. 
Skokie, Illinois  60076
Sunday May 15th, 2022   9am-2pm
Also place preorders at   
Questions contact Tim

Irons Oaks Native Plant Sale
March 15-April 22, 2024, Online pre-orders
Check website for details
Iron Oaks – Vollmer Parking Lot

Thorn Creek Audubon Society/Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve

2024 SaleSat. & Sun, May 18 & 19, at Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve
Limited Open Sale, Check Website
Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve
1100 Ridge Road, Homewood, IL 60430
Thorn Creek Native Plant Sale

Schaumburg Community Garden Club
Schaumburg Park District
2024 ONLINE Preorder only, Pick-up only.  
Pre-ordering information available on website
1111 E. Schaumburg Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60193

Evanston Environmental Association’s
3rd Annual:  Bird Buzz Native Plant Sale 
2023 Online sales at
begin with last date to order May 25th.
Offering a complete selection of native plants for sun, part shade, shade and rain gardens including shrubs and some trees. Pre-order is available for the best selection starting Mar. 4.
Quantities for each plant are limited.
Pick up on June 3rd at 12:30-4:30
Ingraham Park / Evanston Lorraine Morton Civic Center
2100 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

Sag Moraine Native Plant Community
June 1, 2024, 9AM – 2 PM
Online pre-order packages January 16 – March 1, 2023
Pick-up of pre-orders and individual plant sales June 3, 2023, 9AM – 2 PM
Moraine Valley Community College, 

9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465.
Visit the Sag Moraine website to pre-order pollinator garden packages

Community College, Lot D (9000 W. College Parkway, Lot D., Palos Hills, IL 60465).
Order here–> 
Contacts for the sale are:
Linda Negele,, 248-701-7054 (mobile)
Catherine Bryla,

Comfort Station Native Plant Sale
Brentano Elementary Math and Science Academy
2723 N. Fairfield Avenue
Pre-orders April 28 through May 28
Pick-ups June 11, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Visit website for more details

Wild Ones West Cook Chapter Native Plant Sale
2024 Pre-orders March 15 – May 19   
Two pick-up Locations:
1) Forest Preserve Cook County-Central Warehouse, 2199 South First Ave,
Maywood, IL 60153 June 6, 7, 8
2) Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W. 111th St. Lemont, IL 60439
Pick up dates June 7 and 8
West Cook Wild Ones

DuPage County

Morton Arboretum Plant Sale
2024 April 25-27   9 am to 4 pm.
Ticketed entry. Please refer to website for details

Requires admission to Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
Different availabilities for members
Morton Arboretum Plant Sale

Kane-Dupage Soil and Water Conservation District Native Plant Sale
April 29, 2022  last day to pre-order plants
Please check website for details.  2315 Dean St, St. Charles, IL 60175

Wheaton Park District Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 27th, 2024  from 8:30AM-11:00 AM
820 W. Liberty Dr, Wheaton, IL
Check details here

College of DuPage Native Plant Sale
Friday, May 16, 17, 18, 2024,   See link below for details
Health and Science Center (HSC) Greenhouse
Check this link for information.3

DuPage County Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale
2024   Friday, May 17 – 10-7 pm, Saturday May 18, 9am -2 pm  
Ticketed presale — Thursday, May 16 • 4 – 7 p.m.
Refer to website
Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook
Shop for flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs and get expert advice 

The Conservation Foundation Native Plant Sale
2023, Kit sales online May 5 – 7 
Pre-ordering details on the website
In person May 13, 3-7 pm and May 14, 8:30 – 1 pm
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565

Annual Naperville Community Gardeners Plant Sale

No 2022 Information

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

Kane County Soil/Water Conservation District
2024 Deadlines
April 12 for trees and shrubs
May 17 for plants
April 19 for trees and shrubs
May 24 for plants

Kane County Forest Preserve Foundation
2024  April 27

Check website for details
LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserves in St. Charles

Greater Kane County Wild Ones Native Plant Sale
2024 public plant sale will be May 4th, 10:00 am til 1:00 pm at
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive, Elgin. Plants will be sourced from Possibility Place, Majestic Oaks, Taylor Creek, Pizzo, and Midwest Groundcovers.

Kendall County

Plano Middle School Native Plant Sale
Order thru Friday, May 6, 2022
Pick up date of May 18 and July 20.
802 S. Hale St., Plano, IL 60545
Check website for details 

Kendall County Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale
No 2022 Information at this time.
10460  Rt. Highway 71, Yorkville

Will County

Forest Preserve District of Will County
Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale
2022 Online ordering thru May 1, pick up May 14 and 15
17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet, IL 60433
More than 150 species of  native perennials,  trees and shrubs

Kankakee County

Illinois Native Plant Society Native Plant Sale List
2024  info  Not all sales are INPS – Check
There will be some duplication with this list.

McLean County

Wild Ones Illinois Prairie Chapter
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
White Oaks Township Community Buildding
202 N, Lincoln Street, Carlock, IL

Indiana locations

Friends of Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale
April 23th, 2022, 9-1 pm
1000 W. Oak Hill Road, Porter, IN.  Check website for details.

Gibson Woods Wild Ones 16th Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday, May 6, 2023, 9-3pm.  See website for details
201 S. Colfax, Griffith, IN 46317

Wisconsin locations

Wild Ones, Root River Chapter
2023 Online Pre-orders thru April 2
Plant Pick-up June 3, 22023
Dane Hill Farm, Mt. Pleasant, WI
1826 Old Fancher Road

Wild Ones Menomonee River Area Native Plant Sale
2024 information
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

Prairie Wind Native Plants
Central DuPage County
Phone: 630-220-3625
Call or email for appointment and pickup address.
Prairie Wind Native Plants List of Forbes/Plants With Flowers
Prairie Wind Native Plants List of Grasses

Stellar Native Plant Nursery, LLC
Phone: (630) 407-4710
Stellar Native Plant Nursery, LLC Online Ordering

*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

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

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 selection of straight native species and will provide curbside pick-up.

Blazing Star Nursery
2107 Edgewood Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098

Red Buffalo Nursery
 5515 Hill Road, Richmond, IL, 60071
Tel: 815-678-4848 
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, Chicago and North Suburban

Christy Webber Farm and Garden
2833 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 829-8200

Pollinator Prairie Patch
Northwest side of Chicago
Visits by appointment only
Call 773-510-2486

Reds Garden Center  Carries a selection of native plants.
3460 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL

Red Stem Native Landscapes
3057 N. Rockwell St.
Chicago, IL 60618
Online Nursery with In-Person Pick Up

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.

Possibility Place has partnered with Sag Moraine Native Plant Community.  Sag Moraine is a non- profit, all volunteer organization committed to promoting native plants and ecological landscaping in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.  Every time a purchase is made at Possibility Place through a link on Sag Moraine’s website or Facebook page, a portion of the proceeds goes to continue the work of Sag Moraine.  Help Sag Moraine by purchasing native plants with this link

Pizzo Native Plant Nursery
Mailing address: 10729 Pine Road, Leland, IL 60531
Phone: 815-981-8000

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

Cardno Native Plant Nursery (formerly JFNew)
Online ordering only
128 Sunset Drive, Walkerton, IN 46574
Phone: 574-586-2412  
Cardno Native Plant Nursery Online Resource Catalog
Cardno Native Plant Nursery Current Inventory and Pricing

*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.

Please check native plant nurseries for a more complete list of
native plant nurseries.

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: