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- Go Native! Plant Sale, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
- Bagpipes & Bonfire, Sunday, September 29, 2013, 4 - 7:00 p.m., Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
Go Native! Plant Sale
Saturday, May 18
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
350 North Waukegan Road
Native Garden Starter Kits Pre-orders are no longer available.
Click here for a complete list of plants available the day of the sale.
Located at the beautiful Mellody Farm Nature Preserve, the 10th annual native plant sale promotes the use of native varieties of perennials, trees and shrubs. Possibility Place Nursery, a reputable wholesaler dedicated to Northern Illinois
species, will have experts on-hand to help guide customers with the best choices for their landscape.
Native Garden Starter Kits (Available for pre-order through May 12, 2013)
Each kit consists of a variety of 8 different species in a flat totaling 18 plants all together. Four types of kits can be purchased, including Bird and Butterfly, Dry Prairie, Semi-Shade Savanna and Woodland Ravine garden kits. Priced at $75, the kits can be planted as a group or interspersed with other plantings. Pre-orders will be available for pick up at the Go Native! Plant Sale.
To make your garden more butterfly-friendly enhance a sunny location with these varieties: Northern Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis), New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae), Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberose), Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Wild Bergamont (Monarda fistulosa), Mountain Mint (Pycnantheum virginianum), Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)
Suited for sunny sites with well drained soils, these flowers and grasses are colorful and low-maintenance: Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scorparium), Nodding Onion (Allium Cernuum), Prairie Coreopsis (Coreopsos palmata), Pale Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium), Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera), Wild Petunia (Fuellia humilis), Early Wild Rose (Rosa blanda)
This garden kit has a variety of plants which do well in partial shade. This mix of flowering perennials is perfect for a woodland edge or open forest area. The semi-shade garden kit includes: Canadian Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis), Wild Garlic (Allium canadense), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), Savanna Blazing Star (Liatris scariosa), Elm-leaved Goldenrod (Solidago ulmifolia), Smooth Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum canaliculatum), Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum), Prairie Willow (Salix humilis)
A lovely combo of sedges, ferns, perennials and shrubs for those cool shady spots. These plants will help turn degraded woodland areas into a woodland wonderland. The woodland ravine garden kit includes: Bottlebrush Grass (Hystrix patula), Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina), Short's Aster (Aster shortii), Common Oak Sedge (Carex pensylvanica), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), Smooth Petunia (Ruellia strepens), Maple Leaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)