This year, we will accept On-Line Pre-Orders for Native Plants!
No Tent Sale, Pick up ONLY.
Turn your average suburban yard into a native haven attracting birds, butterflies, and other pollinators that benefit wildlife. Even a soggy area of lawn can become attractive and engaging. Native plants provide an ecologically sound rain garden that is better adapted to handle rain water runoff. Have a problem shady area? No worries. Native plants offer variety of greens and leaf sizes that make beautiful woodland settings. Native plants not only add beauty, but they also allow us to make a positive impact on soil, water, and air quality. Not sure how to start? Master Gardeners will be available at time of pick up to answer your questions regarding plants and gardening! We can all make a difference to the environment!
Plant Pick Up location:
On-line pre-ordering will accept orders starting now until April 30th . Pick up days are slated for both Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 23rd. Pick up time will be within 2 hour window based on your last name but we will work with you if you can’t make it within the designated time slot. Focus is to stagger folks coming to pick up plants. All tasks dealing with pick up will be outdoors. Wearing of masks will be mandatory. 6 feet social distancing will be highly monitored by our volunteers.
About the Plants
We offer native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees as well as some non-native perennials on our website. Most of the prairie plants are provided as small 2.5″ plugs 2 -3 years old with a fully developed root system in a 5” deep soil mass. Most woodland arrive in 3 – 4-½” pots. Non-native perennials come in 4-½” pots and #1 gallon pots.
All trees and shrubs come as 5-gallon potted plants. Newly planted shrubs will, with proper care, put on excellent growth due to extensive root system. Any trees and shrubs not sold can be purchased during the autumn season until early frost. Contact Spring Valley Nature Center (847) 985-2100 if you miss this pre-order opportunity.
How do I know What to Select?
Read about the plant and focus on moisture and light requirement. Walk your yard at different times of the day to note how many hours of light each area tends to receive. How wet an area gets during and how long the water pools after a storm play a key role how the plant survives. Also, check out flower color, bloom season, height, and spread (how wide the plant grows). We also indicate which plants will attract bees, butterflies, or hummingbirds.