Important Plant Sale Information, Nativar Information, and Upcoming Events.

Plant Sale Pick-Up Information
May 14th, 11-3 PM

Euclid Methodist Church’s parking lot,
405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302.

Enter from  Washington one block east of Oak Park Ave.
Click here for map

Please bring boxes,trays, or bags to carry your plants home.

Pick-up Process:

We are trying to streamline the process to make pick up easy and efficient.  

When you enter the parking lot, please go to the table where volunteers will be, give your name, and they will show you where to pickup up your tray(s) of plants that are already sorted and arranged by customer name.

We hope to have volunteers help collect your plants and help load them into your car as a drive-through (how's that for service?).  

You can also browse the additional plants that will be on tables and pay for those by cash, check or credit card if you buy more than you ordered. First come, first served on the extras, so come early for best selection.

Linda Walker of Linda's Loves, native plant propagator extraordinaire, will be on hand with some of her plants as well be available for advice and tips on plants.  She is a source of immense wealth of knowledge and experience.  

Photo below: Wild Blue Phlox in Byron Lanning's garden

Nativars: Shopping at the Garden Center

Shopping at a garden center for native plants can be a pretty tricky experience, especially for those who are new to native plants.  If you ask for a Coneflower, you might be shown one of those double-flowered cultivars (called nativar) which might look interesting but may not provide the same ecological services that the straight native would.  Purple Coneflower (scientific name Echinacea purpurea) provides nectar, pollen, seeds, and leaves to many different types of animals.  The cultivar or nativar most likely would not.

How to know what's a regular native and what's a cultivar?  Labels are important.  When shopping, have an idea of the latin/scientific name of the plant you want. For example, Echinacea purpurea shows that the plant is a straight native. Echinacea purpurea 'Razzmatazz' would mean it's a cultivar.  

Studies are finally being done about the ecological functioning of cultivars; until then, the best bet and simplest thing to do is to buy straight natives when possible. Many of the studies focus solely on nectar amounts, and we all know a plant is more than just its nectar production.  The other area of difficulty is that one cannot say ALL cultivars outperform regular natives in nectar output because that is simply not true.

The issues around nativars are complex; different people (even native plant enthusiasts) have different opinions on them.  It's best for you to decide for yourself so below are some online resources. 


Wild Ones Nativar Statement

Beth Botts's Article on Nativars

Vincent Vizachero's Article: Nativars-- The Good, the Bad, the Ugly (He has another article on the site in which he critiques Wild Ones's position on nativars.)

EcoBeneficial's Interview with Dr. Doug Tallamy
Upcoming Events
Sunday, June 12, 2:30-4:40 pm
Christopher David Benda on "Rare Plants and Unique Natural Areas of IL"
Dominican Priory Campus, 7200 W. Division St, Room 259, River Forest, IL

Sunday, June 26, 1-4 pm
Oak Park-River Forest Garden Walk 
This event supports the educational initiatives of The Garden Club of Oak Park/River Forest, and Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.

Sunday, July 17, 2:30-4:30 pm
Jeff Skretney on "LaBaugh Woods and Why Restoration Is Important"
Dominican Priory Campus, 7200 W. Division, Room 259, River Forest, IL


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Together we can make a difference by creating a wildlife corridor and providing habitat for the species that need our help.

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