Home & garden calendar March 24-28

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March 24

Midwest Fruit Explorers Grafting Workshop: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. The Midwest Fruit Explorers present this hands-on workshop with step-by-step instructions on how to graft and care for fruit trees. Beginners are welcome. Experts will guide newcomers, and grafting supplies including scion wood will be available for purchase. No registration required. For information,

March 25

Leslie Goddard will portray Lady Bird Johnson at the March 25 meeting of the Arlington Heights Garden Club at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton.

Arlington Heights Garden Club — Leslie Goddard as Lady Bird Johnson: 7-8 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 Dunton, Arlington Heights. It is 1969 and Lady Bird Johnson has just returned to Texas at the end of her husband’s presidency. As she welcomes visitors to her home, she reminisces about her years in Washington, the life-changing experiences that brought her to the White House, and how she forged her own path as first lady as an advocate for the environment, civil rights and her beloved husband. In this humorous, poignant and insightful historical portrayal, actress and historian Leslie Goddard brings the gracious Lady Bird to life. Free; register at, Presented in partnership with the Arlington Heights Garden Club. Visit

March 28

Crafting Gifts with Herbs: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Prospect Heights Public Library District, 12 N. Elm St., Prospect Heights. Using herbs to create special scented and edible gifts is fun, inexpensive, and easy. In this program participants learn steps to craft various gifts for everyone with fresh and dried herbs and other plant materials. There are culinary blends, vinegars, baking mixes, simple potpourri, cocktail ingredients, and special scented items for fragrance or bath. Tips on gift wrapping and presentation are also included. Register at (847) 259-3500 or


The Orchid Show of Wonders: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through March 24, at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Step right up to The Orchid Show of Wonders, where your favorite carnival and circus attractions come to life in new ways. Admission is $10 for adult members, $21 nonmembers; $7 for children ages 3-12 who are members, $14 nonmembers; free for ages 2 and younger. For information and tickets,

Plant sales

Kane DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District Native Trees, Shrubs and Plant Sale: Order deadline is April 12 for trees and shrubs and May 17 for plants. Ordering is open for native trees, shrubs and plants. The digital catalog is available on the organization’s website, it can be printed if you choose. Download the order form, complete your selections and follow the instructions to submit the order and payment. The Northern Illinois Worm Farm will be on hand at pick up days with fresh, local worm casting and worm castings tea for sale. For information,

Citizens for Conservation’s Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale: Order deadline is April 15. Online ordering for Citizens for Conservation’s 28th annual Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale is available at CFC’s sale offers more than 200 varieties of native plants, including perennials, ferns, sedges, grasses, shrubs and trees. This year’s sale will also feature two special garden packages, featuring plants that support pollinators. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-filled basis, so order early, and preorders are encouraged if you have a specific plant in mind. There is a pre-order minimum charge; details are on the sale website. The in-person sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4-5 at CFC’s Hill ’N Dale Preserve in Barrington Hills. Online order pickup will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 3 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the sale site. CFC members will also be able to shop the sale on May 3, and members get a 10% discount all days. For information, contact (847) 382-7283.

The Schaumburg Community Garden Club Native Plant Sale: Deadline to order is April 19. The Schaumburg Community Garden Club is currently taking preorders only for its annual Native Plant Sale, featuring native wildflowers, grasses, perennials, trees and shrubs. Order at Orders can be picked up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May 18-19, at Spring Valley Nature Center and Heritage Farm. Information regarding pickup location will be shared at the time of your online order. The pre-order deadline is April 19. For information,

Sag Moraine Native Plant Community Native Plant Sale: Orders taken through May 1. Place your order now for native plant packages with a variety of design options. Plants are in one-pint containers and provided by Midwest Groundcovers as part of the Natural Garden Natives line, a selection of pesticide-free, local ecotype native plants. Orders can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Parking Lot D3, Palos Hills. Thousands of individual native plants will also be for sale on June 1 from Stellar Natives, along with advice on landscaping with native plants. For information,

The Bloomingdale Garden Club’s Flower and Plant Sale will be held May 10 and 11, at the Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield Drive, in Bloomingdale. Courtesy of Bloomingdale Garden Club

Bloomingdale Garden Club Flower and Plant Sale: Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 10; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until sold out, Saturday, May 11, at the Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield Drive, (on the north end of Springfield Park, ¼ mile south of Route 20/Lake Street), in Bloomingdale. Sale includes professionally grown annuals in flats, 4.5- and 6-inch pots, hanging baskets, vegetables and herbs, cannas, grasses, tropicals, tuts, Proven Winners and specialty annuals as well as perennials from members’ gardens. There will be raffles and garden items for sale. A Master Gardener Help Desk will also be available to answer all your gardening questions. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds support area charities and garden club monthly programs. For information,

Gardners of Central Lake County Plant Sale: 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Crawford House, 817 Lake St., Libertyville. Sale, which will be held rain or shine, includes annuals, bedding plants, herbs, houseplants, natives, perennials, vegetables. Plants are grown by seeds, bulbs, bare root and cuttings. Cash or check accepted. For information, or email

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the University of Illinois Extension grounds, 100 S. Highway 45, Grayslake. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will hold its annual plant sale featuring a beautiful selection of nursery grown varieties not readily available at traditional garden centers — natives, new cultivars of perennials, grasses and pollinator-friendly plants. Many varieties of homegrown tomatoes, along with other vegetables and herbs, will be available. In addition, shop the “Garden Treasures” for new and gently used items to enhance your landscape. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions, help with plant selection and offer gardening advice. All proceeds support projects and programming for volunteers, youth and adults in Lake County. For information, call (847) 223-8627 or visit

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