Home & garden calendar April 21-27

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April 22

Arlington Heights Garden Club — Birding: 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, at Saint Simon’s Episcopal Church, 717 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights. “Birding in Barrington and Beyond!” presented by Luke Dahlburg and Terri Passolt. Join local ‘birder’ Dahlburg while he explores the many beautiful birds that live in and around the Barrington area. Barrington is rich in natural woodland areas and privately protected sites, which host a variety of bird species. We also have Crabtree Nature, River Trails and Busse Woods Forest Preserve to provide us with an environment to enjoy birding. Dahlburg will discuss bird species and where, when and how to find them not only in Barrington but in your own backyard. For information,

April 24

Sierra Club’s River Prairie Group — Native Plants: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Glen Ellyn Historical Society, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. Make your garden come alive with native plants. Learn how you can use native plants in your home garden. Prairie Wind Native Plant Nursery will show you the many plants you can put in your garden that will make it stand out. and there will be pictures of gardens and suggestions from many people who have grown and used natives plants in their landscaping. Free native plants to take home. For information, contact Bruce Blake at (630) 220-3625.

April 26

Prospect Heights Arbor Day: 9:15 a.m. Friday, April 26, at Frankie Court, just east of N. Lancaster, in Prospect Heights. The Prospect Heights Garden Club invites you to Arbor Day at Frankie Court. A brief dedication will be held, and invited attendees include the Prospect Heights Park District and Public Works staff, city hall staff and elected officials. For information,

April 27

Native Plant Sale: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Public Works Storage Yard, 820 W. Liberty Drive, Wheaton. For information,

Westmont Public Library Gardening Expo: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. This event will promote the library’s newly expanded gardening space maintained by local Master Gardeners, the Westmont Gardening Club, as well as a number of local gardening related organizations. For information,

Arbor Day Tree Dedication & Sapling Giveaway: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Arboretum Garden at the Montgomery Police Department Campus, 11 Civic Center Ave., Montgomery. Each year the village dedicates a new native Illinois tree species to the Arboretum Garden area in front of the police department near the silo along Route 30. Those attending will receive a chance to win, and the committee will giveaway the saplings at approximately 10:30 a.m. For information, (630) 896-9241 or

Lake County Home Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday April 27-28, at Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Find out how to save big on energy costs with new windows, insulation, solar power systems and whole house battery systems. Don’t forget to keep it comfortable year-round with the latest in efficient heating, air conditioning, split zone systems and tankless water heaters. Speak with experts in home decor, painting and the latest in window fashions. Custom furniture and wood creations, adjustable beds and quality mattresses, bedding and pillows and many other unique and stunning products and services for your home. For information, (630) 953-2500 or

Plant Sales

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,

Citizens for Conservation’s Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4-5 at CFC’s Hill ’N Dale Preserve, Barrington Hills. Each year, CFC hosts one of the largest native plant, tree and shrub sales in the region, featuring more than 200 species of native forbs, grasses, trees, and shrubs. All plants are acquired from high-quality area nurseries and are grown without the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which are toxic to pollinators. 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. 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 or visit

Central States Dahlia Society is holding its annual plant sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Courtesy of Joseph Kudelka

Dahlia Society Plant Sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. The Central States Dahlia Society is holding its annual Dahlia Plant Sale. Experts will be on hand to answer all your questions. For information, call Jim at (847) 343-4396.

Horticulture Spring Plant Sale: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 10; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the COD Greenhouse, just west of the Technical Education Center, on the College of DuPage’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The Horticulture program at College of DuPage will be hosting a Spring Plant Sale. Shoppers will be able to choose from a variety of uncommon annuals and perennials as well as fresh herbs and vegetables. Hanging baskets, mixed containers and succulents will also be available for sale. All purchases must be made with credit or debit only. For more information, contact Greenhouse Supervisor Amy Hull at or (630) 942-3806.

Lombard’s Lilac Sale: Noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 10; 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 11 or until sold out, at Lilacia Park, 50 S. Park Ave., Lombard. All sales will be in person and you may choose from 16 different lilacs of varying sizes. Colors of the blooms range from deep violet, magenta and lilac to pink, blue and white. Proceeds support the Lombard Garden Club’s scholarship program, community beautification projects and educational outreach about the environment and gardening in our region. For information,

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

The Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners will hold a Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 11, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia. Courtesy of Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners

Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11, at Bethany Lutheran Church Gymnasium, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia. Plants are sourced locally from members’ gardens, with varieties of sun and shade native plants, perennials, iris, hosta, ferns, shrubs, small trees, grasses, sedges, bulbs, ground covers, and often annuals and house plants to choose from. For information,

St. Hugh of Lincoln Plant, Patio, and Craft Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church, on the southeast corner of Randall Road and Highland Avenue, in Elgin. The sale features a variety of homegrown flower, herb and vegetable plants ready for containers or the garden as well as pre-owned patio décor and garden tools. Vendors will showcase items for spring and Mother’s Day. All proceeds benefit St. Hugh Outreach Ministries. For information,

Kane DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District Native Trees, Shrubs and Plant Sale: The order deadline for plants is May 17; order deadline for trees and shrubs has past. Ordering is open for plant only. 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,

Des Plaines Garden Club’s Annual Plant and Garden Flea Market: 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, at Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Pick up some annuals, perennials, vegetables, a hanging basket or maybe a houseplant. Master Gardeners will be there to answer your questions and help you select your plants. You may find garden tools or pots donated by one of our members. We will also have a selection of home-baked desserts for sale. Rain date is Saturday, May 25. Cash sales only. For information,

Garden Club of Lake Zurich Spring Plant Sale: 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18, at Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. The club offers hundreds of member-grown perennials, seed grown annuals, natives, woodland plants, saplings, vegetable seedlings, ground covers, houseplants, herbs, garden décor and plant grow lights. Get expert advice from Master Gardeners and other members of the club. Sale held rain or shine. Cash/check/credit cards accepted. Come early as plants go quickly. For information,

Dundee Backyard Garden Club Plant Sale: 9 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 18, in Grafelman Park, Fifth and Main streets, West Dundee. The sale will be held rain or shine and features a wide variety of perennials, grasses, native plants, vegetables, herbs and more from the gardens of club members. Garden “Junque” and gently used garden items will also be available for sale. Proceeds from the sale fund an annual scholarship. The Backyard Garden Club is accepting new members. Members enjoy casual monthly meetings with a variety of educational programs, garden walks and field trips. New and experienced gardeners welcome. More information available at the plant sale.

Garden Club of Mount Prospect Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Mount Prospect Historical Society Campus, 101 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect. Come early to find member-grown perennials, some annuals, vegetables, tubers, seeds and house plants. Get expert advice from Master Gardeners and other garden club members on plant selection and care. Rain date is Sunday, May 19. For information,

Tri-Village Garden Club Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, at the Bartlett Log Cabin, 102 N. Eastern Ave., Bartlett. The club’s sale will feature a wide assortment of perennial and annual plants in addition to large begonias, hanging baskets and vegetable plants. Members of club will be on hand to answer questions, share gardening expertise and make recommendations for sun- or shade-loving plants. Plants for sale are ideally suited for suburban gardens in the USDA plant hardiness zone 5B. Proceeds support scholarships, growing vegetables for local food pantries and educational programs. Cash and checks only; rain or shine. For information, or

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

Prospect Heights Garden Club Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the shopping center at Rand Road and Thomas St., Arlington Heights. Plants from members’ homes will be available. For information, call Ann Johnson at (847) 253-1223.


Hoffman Estates Community Garden Plots: Hoffman Estates residents may rent plots in the community gardens for $25. There are two garden plot locations in the vil­lage: North at Mumford and Westbury drives, or south at Volid Drive and Vista Lane. Plot assignments will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a garden plot, call Public Works at (847) 490-6800 or email When requesting a plot, be sure to include your name, address, phone number, email address and garden location (north or south). Resi­dents will be able to reserve only one plot each.

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