Saturday, May 22, 2021
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve  

 

It's easy to get started! Go ahead and pick a "problem spot"—a spot where the ground stays soggy, the sun burns hot or there is deep shade most of the day. You can dig out an invasive species, roots and all, and start over. After clearing your spot and planting some native plants, shrubs or trees, pretty soon, you'll find your yard boasts beautiful attributes while serving as important sources of food in local food chains.

Pre-orders will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 22 between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve, 350 North Waukegan Road, Lake Forest.

Garden kits and a selection of trees and shrubs are available for pre-order below.
Pre-order is available through May 18. Quantities are limited so please order early!

Please note that addtional plant species will be available the day of the sale. A full list will be available by April 26.
 

Click here for a full list of trees, shrubs and plants available at the sale on May 22. Please note, limited quantities.
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Native Perennial Garden kits, White Oak trees and Redbud ornamentals available for pre-order below.
Please note that we will have limited quantities.
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Pre-Order is closed
Please join us on Saturday
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NEW THIS YEAR: LFOLA is offering free deliveries on all orders of $600 or more in Lake Forest or Lake Bluff. Our staff will be in contact with you if your order totals $600 or more.

Please note that Wright Landscaping is also offering their services for delivery along the North Shore and/or installation for trees and shrubs purchased at the Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale. Please contact Wright Landscaping if you are interested in or have questions about these services.

Want to learn more? Read this recent article from The New York Times, "What You May Not Know About Those April Flowers."

PRE-ORDER YOUR GARDEN KITS, SHRUBS & TREES THROUGH TUESDAY, MAY 18!

* Noted species with an asterisk are offered, but are not native to NE Illinois.

Starter Kits

Full Sun-Dry Native Perennial Garden Kit

Price:   $45 (add to cart)

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For gardens with 6+ hours of sun per day; soil may go dry during dry periods, but never saturated for long periods. This kit includes a total of 10 pints (3,3 and 4) that includes: Nodding onion (Allium cernuum), Prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii) and Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). 

Full Sun-Moist Native Perennial Garden Kit

Price:   $45 (add to cart)

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For gardens with 6+ hours of sun per day; soil remains moist most of the time, can be irrigated when needed, rarely saturated for long periods. This kit includes a total of 10 pints (3,3 and 4) that includes: Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), Little Goldstar Black-eyed Susan (Rudebeckia fulgida var. sullivantii) and Prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya). 

Full Sun-Wet Native Perennial Garden Kit

Price:   $45 (add to cart)

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For gardens with 6+ hours of sun per day; poorly drained clay, which may remain wet for days at a time. This kit includes a total of 10 pints (3,3 and 4) that includes: Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana), Marsh blazing star (Liatris spicata) and Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata).

Milkweed Kit

Price:   $45 (add to cart)

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Please email us how many you are interested in as we are trying to replenish our inventory on this item.

For gardeners looking to attract Monarch butterflies. Monarchs need milweed to survive. Milkweed is the only plant for the Monarch to lay eggs for the hatched caterpillars to feed on before chaging into a chrysalis. This kit includes a total of 12 pints (4 of each) that includes: Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and Whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillate).

Click here for a Plant & Care Guide

Part Sun-Part Shade-Moist Native Perennial Garden Kit

Price:   $45 (add to cart)

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For gardens with less than 6 hours of sun per day; no standing water or saturated soil, can be irrigated during long, dry periods. This kit includes a total of 10 pints (3,3 and 4) that includes: Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), Foxglove beardtongue(Penstemon digitalis) and Long-beaked sedge (Carex sprengelii). 

Seasonal Pollinator Kit

Price:   $45 (add to cart)
 

For gardeners looking to attract a wide diversity of pollinators including butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and other pollinators who require flowers throughout the seasons to survive and reproduce.. This kit includes a total of 12 pints (3 of each) that includes: Foxglove bearded tongue (Penstemon digitalis), Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), Marsh Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) and New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae).

Click here for a Plant & Care Guide

Shady-Moist Native Perennial Garden Kit

Price:   $45 (add to cart)

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For gardens with full to partial shade most of the day; moist, but not excessively wet or dry for long periods; can be irrigated during long, dry periods. This kit includes a total of 10 pints (3,3 and 4) that includes: Long beaked sedge (Carex sprengelii), Common oak sedge (Carex pensylvanica) and Large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora). 

Shady-Wet Native Perennial Garden Kit

Price:   $45 (add to cart)

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For gardens with full to partial shade most of the day; wet for long periods, there may be standing water for several hours or a few days after heavy precipitation/snow melt; poorly drained. This kit includes a total of 10 pints (3,3 and 4) that includes: Star sedge (Carex radiata), Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) and Blue flag iris (Iris virginica shrevei).

Trees

'Winter King' Hawthorn (Crataegus viridis)*

Price:   $185 (add to cart)

Size: 2" balled and burlapped

SOLD OUT
Please email us how many you are interested in as we are trying to replenish our inventory on this item.

Height x Spread: 20'-35' x 20'-35'
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full Sun

Allegheny Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis)

Price:   $185 (add to cart)

Size: 1.75" balled and burlapped

SOLD OUT
Please email us how many you are interested in as we are trying to replenish our inventory on this item.

Height x Spread: 15'-40' x 15'-40'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to Part shade

American Beech (Fagus grandiflora)

Price:   $185 (add to cart)

Size: 2" balled and burlapped
 

Height x Spread: 50'-80' x 40'-80'
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Yellowish-green
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica)

Price:   $185 (add to cart)

Size: 2" balled and burlapped

SOLD OUT
Please email us how many you are interested in as we are trying to replenish our inventory on this item.

Height x Spread: 30'-50' x 20'-30'
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Greenish-white
Sun: Full sun to Part shade

Black Oak (Quercus velutina)

Price:   $125 (add to cart)

Size: 10 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 50'-60' x 50'-60'
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Yellowish-green
Sun: Full sun

Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)*

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 3 gallon

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Height x Spread: 35'-60' x 25'-35'
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: White to greenish-yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)

Price:   $185 (add to cart)

Size: 2" balled and burlapped

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Height x Spread: 25'-40' x 20'-30'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Red-brown (male); light green (female)
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Overcup Oak (Quercus lyata)*

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 3 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 40'-60' x 40'-60'
Bloom Time: March to April
Bloom Description: Yellow catkins (male); Red spikes (female)
Sun: Full sun

Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Price:   $200 (add to cart)

Size: 5'-6' balled and burlapped
 

Height x Spread: 20'-30' x 25'-35'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Price:   $125 (add to cart)

Size: 3'-4' balled and burlapped
 

Height x Spread: 20'-30' x 25'-35'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade

River Birch (Betula nigra)

Price:   $185 (add to cart)

Size: 2.5"-3" balled and burlapped

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Size: 9'-10' 

Height x Spread: 40'-70' x 40'-70'
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Brown (male); green (female)
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)

Price:   $125 (add to cart)

Size: 10 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 50'-60' x 50'-60'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Yellowish-green
Sun: Full sun

White Oak (Quercus alba)

Price:   $125 (add to cart)

Size: 10 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 50'-80' x 50'-80'
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: Yellowish-green
Sun: Full sun

White Oak (Quercus alba)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 3 gallon
 

SOLD OUT
Please email us how many you are interested in as we are trying to replenish our inventory on this item.

Height x Spread: 50'-80' x 50'-80'
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: Yellowish-green
Sun: Full sun

White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Price:   $185 (add to cart)

Size: 7' balled and burlapped

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Height x Spread: 50'-80' x 20'-40'
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Bloom Description: Non-flowering
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Yellow Birch (Betula nigra)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 3 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 60'-75' x 60'-75'
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Brown (male); green (female)
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)*

Price:   $185 (add to cart)

Size: 2" balled and burlapped

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Height x Spread: 30'-50' x 40'-55'
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun

Shrubs

American Hazelnut (Corylus americana)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 5 gallon

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Height x Spread: 10'-16' x 8'-13'
Bloom Time: March to April
Bloom Description: Male-brown, Female-red
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 5 gallon

SOLD OUT
Please email us how many you are interested in as we are trying to replenish our inventory on this item.

Height x Spread: 3'-6' x 3'-6'
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 5 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 5'-12' x 4'-8'
Bloom Time: June
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full Sun to part shade

Carolina Rose (Rosa caroliniana)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 5 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 1'-3'
Bloom Time: Summer flowers and fruit in fall
Bloom Description: Pink flowers and hip turns from dark green to bright red
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 3 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 3'-4' x 3'-4'
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full Sun to part shade

Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 5 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 14'-16' x 6'-12'
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade

New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 5 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 3'-4' x 3'-5'
Bloom Time: May to July
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 5 gallon
 

SOLD OUT
Please email us how many you are interested in as we are trying to replenish our inventory on this item.

Height x Spread: 6'-12' x 6'-12'
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Yellowish-white
Sun: Full Sun to part shade

Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 5 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 3'-5' x 3'-5'
Bloom Time: June to September
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Part shade

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 5 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 15'-25' x 20'-30'
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: Greenish-yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis)

Price:   $60 (add to cart)

Size: 3'-4' balled and burlapped
 

SOLD OUT
Please email us how many you are interested in as we are trying to replenish our inventory on this item.

Height x Spread: 6'-10' x 8'-15'
Bloom Time: January to April
Bloom Description: Yellow with red inner calyx
Sun: Full Sun to part shade

Witherod Viburnum (Viburnum cassinoides)

Price:   $35 (add to cart)

Size: 5 gallon
 

Height x Spread: 5'-12' x 5'-12'
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Creamy white
Sun: Full sun to part shade

If you cannot find a native species above please explore one of these other local resources:

  • Breezy Hill Nursery, WI, breezyhillnursery.com
  • Possibility Place, IL, possibilityplace.com
  • Prairie Moon Nursery, MN, (Mail order) prairiemoon.com
  • Prairie Nursery, WI,  prairienursery.com
  • Taylor Creek Nursery, WI, taylorcreeknurseries.com

For additional help whith native landscape design or maintenance:

  • Davey Resource Group, davey.com/environmental-consulting-services
  • Eubanks Environmental, eubanksenvironmental.com
  • Integrated Lakes Management, ilmenvironments.com
  • Kinnucan Tree Experts, kinnucan.com
  • LandServe, johnlmariani.com
  • Mariani Landscape, marianilandscape.com
  • Tallgrass Restoration, tallgrassrestoration.com
  • Wright Landscape, wrightlandscape.net