Our pre-order intake is now closed. Thanks for your order.
Just like last year, 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 based on CDC mandates at the time. 6 feet social distancing will be highly monitored by our volunteers.
Plant Pick Up location:
Spring Valley Nature Center
1111 E. Schaumburg Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60193
Get Directions (847) 985-2100
If you are unable to pick up your plants on the designated time/date, please have a family member, friend, or neighbor pick them up. Let us know their name and we will have the order ready. We will not be able to hold plants as they are live and need good care.
The benefits of natives
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 woodland plants offer variety of greens and leaf sizes that make beautiful woodland settings. Native plants 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!
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.