Forest Preserve District Helps You Gear Up for Gardening Season with Native Plant Programs, Sale
(Feb. 21, 2017) — To help gardeners get their shopping lists ready for its annual “Native Plant Sale,” the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is offering “Native Landscaping 101: All About Plants” on Sunday, Feb. 26 and “Native Landscaping 101: Design” on Wednesday, March 8 at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road in Oak Brook.
At “Native Landscaping 101: All About Plants,” gardeners at either the 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. program will learn about the benefits of native plants and how their root structures differ from ornamentals’. They’ll also get tips and tricks for planting natives in their own yards to attract pollinators and other wildlife. The program for ages 18 and up is $7 per person, and registration is available online or at 630-850-8110.
At “Native Landscaping 101: Design” on March 8 from 6 ‒ 8 p.m., gardeners with digital or hand-drawn pictures of their landscaping plans will share ideas while gaining knowledge from District experts and then leave with customized designs for their yards. The program for ages 18 and up is $15 per person, and registration is available online or at 630-850-8110.
“These programs provide a great way for gardeners to start planning for their landscaping needs,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Jeff Redick, District 2. “Then that information can be used to take advantage of our popular ‘Native Plant Sale,’ which starts online March 13.”
“If you want to help pollinators and the environment, opt for native plants in your garden,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “Choose native plants with a variety of shapes, colors, scents and bloom times to provide a critical source of food for wildlife.”
On March 13 gardeners can begin placing presale orders for the 10th annual “Native Plant Sale” at dupageforest.org/nativeplantsale. The sale itself will be on May 12 and 13 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. New this year, presale orders can be picked up at Mayslake or Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago on Friday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 13, presale orders can only be picked up at Mayslake between 9 and 11 a.m.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube pages.
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