Presale Orders Begin

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites gardeners to get ready to go native by placing presale orders today through April 17 for its 10th annual Native Plant Sale.

This year’s sale will be at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st Street in Oak Brook on Friday, May 12 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gardeners who place presale orders can pick them up at the public sale May 12 and 13, or they can do all of their shopping at the sale at Mayslake, where they’ll also be able to get advice from Forest Preserve District experts. New for 2017, they can also pick up orders May 12, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago Plants will not be available for sale outside of the presale orders at Kline Creek Farm.

The Native Plant Sale catalog, which includes photos, descriptions and prices are available here. Gardeners can pay for presale and same-day orders with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. All proceeds will support educational programming at the District.

Most plants at this year’s sale originate from seed collected within 100 miles of DuPage County and are not treated with insecticides containing neonicotinoids, which are harmful to bees and other insect pollinators. Gardeners who landscape with native plants help wildlife by providing additional habitat for them.