Home & garden calendar, May 12-18

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May 12

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital's Smart Farm Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Highway 22, Barrington. Join the annual Smart Farm plant sale featuring a wide variety of plants available for $5 per plant. The sale will take place at Advocate Good Shepherd's Barns, located just east of the hospital. For information,

May 13

Garden to Plate: 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Spring gardens and local farmers markets are bountiful with early spring vegetables and fruits waiting to be explored. Chef Susan Maddox will provide some recipes using these ingredients. Presented in-person and virtually. To register, visit

Gardeners of Central Lake County Garden Club — Gardening Tools: 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at CrossLife Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin, Libertyville. Bring your favorite tool to show and tell us why you absolutely love it and cannot garden without it. Tool sharpening tips welcomed. For information,

Northbrook In Bloom — Our Hidden Colorful History: 7-8 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, in the Pollak Room. Learn the colorful and surprising story of Northbrook’s many greenhouses, local world-famous hybridizers, and their contributions to the world of flowers. Many of the species they developed are readily available today and can be seen throughout the area. To register, visit or call (847) 272-6224.

May 14

Buffalo Grove Garden Club: 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive, Buffalo Grove. The meeting will feature speaker David Brooks on the topic, “Landscaping with Native Plants.” As a professional naturalist, he will share the benefits of using native plants and introduce a wide range of beautiful choices. He will demonstrate how they are suitable for home gardens and how to incorporate them into our landscapes. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. For information,

Garden Club of Mount Prospect: 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month from September through April, at Mount Prospect Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. 9:30 a.m. social hour; 10 a.m. business meeting/announcements; 11 a.m. program. Yearly dues $25. For information,

May 15

Tri-Village Garden Club: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Streamwood Fire Station #31, 1204 S. Park Ave., Streamwood. Learn how to build a rain garden in your yard to help conserve water and prevent runoff issues. The guest speaker is from The Conservation Foundation, one of the region’s oldest and largest nonprofit land and watershed conservation organizations dedicated to preserving and restoring open space, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of the environment in Northeastern Illinois. For information, or

May 16

‘Modern Beyond Style and the Pursuit of Beauty’ Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. Join for a lively discussion of the new book, “Modern Beyond Style,” with architect Larry Booth and local author Jay Pridmore. The book chronicles the career of architect Larry Booth, founder of Booth Hansen, whose work parallels, and in many ways has led, the development of modern architecture for more than 50 years. Admission free; RSVP requested. Contact Dan O’Connell at or call (617) 480-6585.

May 17

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. 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,

Friends of the DuPage County Fair Flower & Plant Sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19, at DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Featuring hanging baskets, annuals, vegetables, herbs, and more. All plants locally grown and provided by Prosek's Greenhouse. Proceeds helps Friends of the DuPage County Fair Inc. raise funds to help enhance and improve the grounds.

The Northbrook Garden Club’s plant sale returns on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, at the Village Green Community Center, 1810 Walters Ave., in Northbrook. Courtesy of the Northbrook Garden Club

Northbrook Garden Club Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 17 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday May 18, at Village Green Community Center, 1810 Walters Ave., Northbrook. Northbrook Garden Club’s plant sale is an annual event with a thousands of perennials, natives and non-natives for sale. There will be over 100 different varieties for sun to shade, dry and moist soils, and everything in between. Also available vegetable starts and herbs, and a small number of shrubs/small trees. Held indoors rain or shine. Credit cards accepted. For information,

May 18

Palatine Garden Club Annual Perennial Sale: 7 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in the Palatine Farmers Market at the Metra Station parking lot, 137 W. Wood St., Palatine. Choose from a variety of perennial plants, including many native to the region, sourced from club members’ gardens. Many flowering and foliage plants, ornamental grasses and more will be on sale. Milkweed for the Monarchs will be available. Knowledgeable gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and help patrons choose the right plant for the right situation. Cash or check only. For information, (847) 287-6423.

Fox Valley Garden Club Gardeners’ Sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the parking lot behind West Aurora Learning Center, 1870 W. Galena Blvd. in Aurora. The 27th annual fundraiser is scheduled on the Saturday after Mother’s Day. Stroll through the farmers market-style sale. They will be featuring vendors selling plants and gardening-related items. Proceeds from the sale fund the club’s community projects. It will be held rain or shine. Free admission.

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,

Crestview Garden Club of Elmhurst Plant Sale: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at The Depot, 511 S. York Road, Elmhurst. Shop early for the best selection of more than 1,000 plants and many unique varieties at great prices. Plant offerings include sun and shade perennials, herbs, ground cover, houseplants, natives plus plants to attract birds, bees and butterflies. Sale takes place rain or shine. Experienced gardeners on site to help with plant selection. For information,

Stop by the Garden Club of Lake Zurich's annual plant sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 18, at the Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. Courtesy of Garden Club of Lake Zurich

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,

Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18 and 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19, at Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Perennial plants for sale grown in members' gardens and include grasses, hostas, flowers and more. Look for popular heirloom tomato plants and milkweed plants. The Reed-Turner Botanic Artists will be selling their botanical artwork. And garden decor and gardening books will be offered at very affordable prices. For information, (847) 641-5590 or

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

Wild Ones of Greater Kane County Native Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Gray Willow Farm, 5N949 Corron Road, Campton Hills. Wild Ones of Greater Kane County is holding its 12th annual Native Plant Sale featuring native plants, shrubs and trees. Check, cash and charge are accepted. (630) 200-5665 or

Cantigny Spring Fest: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Greenhouse tours, bulb sale, McCormick House Marketplace, and Terrarium Bar by Leelee’s Garden. For families: Fun walk, gnome scavenger hunt, plant crafts and live animals from The Grove. Plus, grand opening of Cantigny beer garden with music by Gleeson Irish Trio. Admission $12, free for ages 15 and under. Parking $5. Some activities are fee-based. Full details and ticket sales at

Water Street Naperville will host a Plant Sale Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, on Foyo Plaza, in downtown Naperville, to benefit We Grow Dreams in West Chicago. Courtesy of Water Street Naperville

Water Street Naperville Plant Sale Fundraiser: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, on Foyo Plaza, on west Gartner Road, in downtown Naperville. Water Street in Downtown Naperville will host a Spring Plant Sale featuring flowering plants, hanging baskets mixed pots, porch planters, herb collections and garden art from We Grow Dreams in West Chicago. We Grow Dreams is a professional nonprofit nursery and greenhouse providing training and employment to young adults who have graduated from high school transition programs. For information,

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. Cash or checks. For information,

Upcoming Plant Sales

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.

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.

St. Charles Park District’s Native Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. Plants will be available for purchase on-site and while supplies last. Choose from a wide selection of plants that are native to the region. View this year’s catalog via Naturalists will be on hand to provide assistance with your plant selections. For information, visit

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