Start planning your native garden now—online ordering begins March 1 for Citizens for Conservation’s annual Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale.
The sale will be Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The sale will be held in the Good Shepherd Hospital
barn area, east of the hospital, across from the CFC headquarters at 459 W. Highway 22, Lake Barrington. Pre-sale online ordering is available March 1-April 15, and helps ensure that you get the plants that you want. Pickup date for preorders is May 6, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
This is CFC’s 20th annual plant sale, and to celebrate, the organization aims to have 20,000 native plants in the ground from the sale. Buyers can choose from a huge selection of robust, hardy native plants, and knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. As part of CFC’s “Milkweed for Monarchs” campaign to encourage monarch populations, at least five varieties of native milkweed plants will be available for $2.50 each.
Native plants provide many advantages for both gardeners and the environment. They do not require fertilizers or pesticides, which saves gardeners both time and money. In addition, their deep, fibrous root systems firmly anchor soil to help conserve water and prevent erosion. They require little watering and provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies, frogs, toads, salamanders and other wildlife.
This year’s sale is on Mother’s Day weekend, and Mother’s Day gift certificates will be available in the online store as well. Also new this year: the sale will be open to CFC members on Friday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The online store is on CFC’s website here
For more information, call CFC at 847-382-SAVE (7283).