Spring plant sales offer a wide selection of beautiful and cost-effective planting options for your garden and landscape, and most offer native plants that are naturally perfect for our local weather and soil conditions. Another benefit is, these sales often have experienced gardeners available to help you learn what will work best in your space, and assist you in finding the perfect new plants. We at Little Lake County love shopping local, and proceeds from these sales benefit community organizations.
Native Plant Sales in Lake County
Friends of the Volo Bog Native Shrub & Tree Sale
Order before April 13 pick-up April 20 & 21
Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside
The third annual sale features native plants for your yard. Proceeds support the educational programs, project and events at Volo Bog. Order online before April 13.
Citizens for Conservation Annual Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale
May 4 and 5, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Good Shepard Hospital Barn, Barrington
Choose from hundreds of native plants including perennials, grasses, sedges, ferns, wildflowers, shrubbery and receive expert advice on native gardening and discounts on milkweed to aid the struggling Monarch population. Online ordering available March 1 – April 14.
College of Lake County Horticulture Program Annual Plant Sale
May 9 and 10, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Building H (Greenhouse), CLC Grayslake Campus, (847) 543-2320
Shop from a variety of annual and perennial flowers, native grasses, forbs, hanging baskets, vegetables, and herbs. Proceeds from the sale support the CLC horticulture program.
Native Plant and Rain Barrel/Compost Bin Sale
May 11, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and May 12, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Independence Grove, Libertyville | (847) 367-6640
Hardy native plants that are easy to maintain and thrive in Illinois gardens including flowering plants, shrubs, grasses, trees and more. Proceeds benefit Lake County Forest Preserve Nature Education programs. Rain barrels and compost bins available Saturday only.
Organic Vegetable Plant Sale
May 11 and May 18, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Smart Farm, Barrington
Locally grown, organically grown vegetable plants for sale. You will want to arrive at the sale early as supplies are limited.
Prairie Crossing Organic Plant Sale and Open House
May 11, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Prairie Crossing Farm, Grayslake | (847) 548-4062
Enjoy spring on the farm! Purchase organic plant starts and a variety of other farm products during the free and educational event.
Gardeners of Central Lake County Plant Sale
May 11, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Crawford Warming House, Libertyville
Healthy, beautiful plants dug from members’ local gardens with plenty of parking. Cash or checks accepted. Knowledgeable club members will be on hand to help you with your plant selections and offer friendly advice.
Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale
May 18 , 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve, Lake Forest
Welcome in spring with Lake Forest Open Lands and The City of Lake Forest. A wide variety of native grasses, woodland wildflowers, prairie and savanna plants, shrubs and trees will be available for purchase. Arborists and plant specialists will be on hand to answer questions. Pre-order online through May 14.
Plant Sale and Botanic Art Show & Sale
May 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and May 19, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Reed-Turner Nature Center, Long Grove |(847) 487-6985
Hundreds of tried and true plants from the gardens Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club members will be available. Perennial native and non-natives, shrubs, trees, and unusual varieties. You will also be able to view and purchase high-quality botanical art from the Reed-Turner Woodland Botanic Artists’ Circle.
Grayslake Greenery Garden Club Plant Sale
May 18; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Parking lot across Village Hall, downtown Grayslake | (847) 525-9324
Homegrown perennials, annuals, herbs and other seedlings for garden and home donated by club members.
Master Gardener Plant Sale
May 18, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The University of Illinois Extension – Lake County, Grayslake | (847) 223-8627
Master Gardeners have dug up their favorite perennials along with homegrown vegetable starts at great prices. Master Gardeners will be onsite to answer questions about your lawn and garden. In addition to plants, there will be a “Garden Treasures” shop to find new and gently used items to enhance your landscape as well as tools and gardening books. Cash or check only.
Get Growing Plant Sale
May 18, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Free Admission, regular parking rates apply.
Plant sale consisting of hundreds of specialty plants cultivated from nurseries and botanical institutions from across the country. The sale will offer many one-of-a-kind plants and specialty containers designed by our own Garden staff.
Antioch Garden Club Annual Perennial Plant Sale
May 18, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Williams Park Pavilion, Antioch | (847) 395-8902
This is the Antioch Garden Club’s annual Perennial Plant Sale, where members will be offering their locally-grown plants and garden-related items. Rain or Shine. Proceeds benefit Antioch community projects.
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