Home and garden calendar, May 5-11

Send events for this calendar to with “calendar listing” in the subject line. Deadline is two weeks prior to the event.

May 5

Citizens for Conservation’s Native Plant, Shrub and Tree Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at CFC’s Hill ’N Dale Preserve in Barrington Hills. Large selection of native plant, tree 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. For information, contact (847) 382-7283 or visit

Dahlia Plant Sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 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.

May 6

North Aurora Garden Club: 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, at Messenger Public Library, 113 Oak St., North Aurora. The North Aurora Garden Club meets the first Monday of the month, except when holiday closings or events create a conflict. The club is always looking for new members; feel free to attend as a guest. For information, contact Gail at (630) 618-6467.

May 7

Garden Club of Lake Zurich: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. Learn how to create herb mixtures to replace salt in food, techniques for infusing vinegar, sugar, compound butter and herb paste through a professional demonstration, with tasty samples included. Adding even the most basic herbs to your culinary palette can make your cooking more interesting, delicious, and enjoyable. Guests welcome; refreshments served. For information,

May 8

Rolling Meadows Garden Club: 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month, Rolling Meadows Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. Refreshments and short business meeting from 6-7 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m. For information,

Schaumburg Community Garden Club: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. “Rainwater and How to Build a Rain Garden to Prevent Runoff” will be presented by Jim Kleinwachter. Kleinwachter and young people from the Conservation Foundation will discuss how they save land and rivers and have been at it for more than 50 years. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For information,

May 9

The Horticulture program at College of DuPage will be hosting a Spring Plant Sale May 9-11, at the college, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Shoppers will be able to choose from a variety of uncommon annuals, perennials, fresh herbs and vegetables. Hanging baskets, mixed containers and succulents will also be available for sale. Courtesy of College of DuPage

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,

Choose from 16 different lilacs of varying sizes at the Lombard Garden Club’s Lilac Sale from 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. Courtesy of Lombard Garden Club

Park Ridge Garden Club: Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month from September through June, at The Centennial Activity Center, 100 S. Western, Park Ridge. Enter using the door to the south of the main entrance. For information,

May 11

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

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,

Green Garden Fair: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11, at First Congregational Church, 235 S. Kenilworth, Elmhurst. Organic vegetable and herb seedlings and beautiful flower seedlings will be available for purchase at the fair. Learn how to live more sustainably from a variety of “green” exhibitors. New this year: Bring your garden tools, knives and scissors and Custom Edge Sharpening will sharpen them while you wait. Also, Prairie Wind Natives will be selling native plants. For information,

Rolling Meadows Garden Club Plant and Craft Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at 3000 Central Road, Rolling Meadows. Experienced gardeners will be available to assist in your selections and answer gardening questions. Browse a wonderful selection of premium hanging baskets, flowering annuals, perennials, vegetables, accent plants, milkweed, and outdoor/nature art and crafts. 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,

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,

Upcoming plant sales

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,

Lincolnshire Garden Club Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at 28 Fox Trail, Lincolnshire. Over 300 perennials and annuals will be available in flats, pints, gallons and hanging baskets. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Rain or shine. 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

West Chicago Garden Club Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Bloomingfest, in downtown at Main and Galena streets, West Chicago. More than 2,000 perennials, annuals, and a large selection of peppers and tomatoes for sale at very reasonable prices. Because the club’s purpose is to encourage gardening in the Western suburbs, they hold four “potting parties” in April and May where they divide and pot up plants from their own gardens. The plants are watered and nurtured until the sale so that they are ready to go into neighborhood gardens. Club members are available at the sale to answer questions and offer advice. For information, or

Wheaton Garden Club Plant Sale: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at 504 Hamilton Drive, Wheaton. The Wheaton Garden Club is hosting a flower and plant sale featuring professionally grown annuals many of which are Proven Winners. Summer favorites available for purchase include a variety of begonias, coleus and petunias, as well as some hard to find specialty plants. Proceeds support area community organizations and scholarships for College of DuPage horticulture, environmental studies or botany and biology students. Organizations supported include We Grow Dreams, Illinois Prairie Path and Willowbrook Wildlife Center. The garden club will be accepting cash or check payments. For information,

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.

The Arlington Heights Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale, featuring plants grown in members' gardens, on June 1. Courtesy of Arlington Heights Garden Club

Arlington Heights Garden Club Plant Sale: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont, Arlington Heights. Plants dug from members' gardens will include perennials and native plants. Annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs started from seeds and cuttings by members will be available to purchase. Also garden art, books and garden equipment will be for sale. For information,

North Aurora Garden Club Plant Sale: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 1, at Oak and Walnut streets, North Aurora. A variety of plants from garden club members, sale held rain or shine. Cash or check only. Plants purchased at this event support garden club activities. For information, contact Gail at (630) 618-6467.


Hoffman Estates Community Garden Plots: Residents may rent plots in the community gardens for $25. There are two garden plot locations in the vil­lage: north at Mumford Drive and Westbury Drive, 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.

Article Comments
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the "flag" link in the lower-right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.