Home & garden calendar, May 19-25

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May 19

Friends of the DuPage County Fair Flower & Plant Sale Fundraiser: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 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.

Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club Plant Sale: 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

Wauconda Garden Club Plant Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday May 19, at the Historic Cook House, 711 Main St., Wauconda. Features annuals, perennials, vegetables. Includes raffles and gently used garden equipment. Cash or checks only. Proceeds fund the club’s annual scholarship to a Wauconda High School student. For information,

Midwest Bonsai Society Exhibit: Sunday, May 19, at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Features seven tree vendors and four ceramic pottery vendors as well as a booth from the Cactus & Succulent Society. Vendors offer an amazing selection of trees, accent plants, pots, tools and literature. Midwest Bonsai will be selling memberships and gear, and raffling a styled Japanese Silverberry tree. The exhibit is held in Burnstein Hall in the Regenstein Center. For information, (630) 665-8164 or

May 20

Grace Hart will discuss “Saving Bees” at the May 20 meeting of the Arlington Heights Garden Club. Courtesy of The Associated Press/Odd Andersen

Arlington Heights Garden Club: Social time 6:30 p.m.; 7 p.m. meeting and speaker, Monday, May 20, at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 717 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights. Program topic is “Saving Bees,” presented by Grace Hart. Hart is a professional urban beekeeper working with honey bees in the Chicago area. Come to hear Hart speak on how we can make a lifestyle change to make the world a friendlier place for all pollinators. Visitors are welcome. For information,

Suburban Garden Club: 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Indian Head Park Administrative Building, 201 Acacia Drive, Indian Head Park. Come hear Marcy Lautenin-Raleigh, creator of Backyard Patch Herbs, an online purveyor of salt-free, gluten-free, preservative-free herb cooking and tea products, discuss Native American herbs, their uses, growing habits and quirks in this combination slide and hands-on program. All are welcome. For information,

May 21

Jack Shouba discusses “Flowers: More Than Meets the Eye,” at the May 21 meeting of the Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners. Courtesy of Jack Shouba

Batavia Plain Dirt Gardeners: 6:45 p.m. social; 7 p.m. meeting and presentation Tuesday, May 21, at Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. Jack Shouba, director of the Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves, presents “Flowers: More Than Meets the Eye.” Everyone loves flowers, but how often do we observe them closely? And if we do look closely, do we know what we are seeing? Close-up photography of wildflowers and garden flowers not only reveals their beauty, it allows us to see their evolutionary similarities (unity) and differences (diversity). Although there are more than 250,000 kinds of flowers in the world, their incredible variety is mostly due to variations in a few common parts: Sepals, petals, stamens and pistils. The goal is to learn how to look at flowers, which will increase our appreciation of them and help us identify unknown wildflowers. For information, email or via Messenger on Facebook.

May 25

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.

Upcoming plant sales

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,

Elk Grove Garden Club Plant Sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Elk Grove Farmers Market, in the Municipal Complex Parking Lot, 901 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village. Come visit the club's booth. Members will be selling homegrown perennials, herbs and houseplants, all reasonably priced. Also, garden art and pots for sale. Proceeds go to charity. 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


Private garden tour: John Richter has opened his private garden in Warrenville to share the beauty of his various grafted trees and variegated bushes, thousands of day lilies from 10 different hybridizers, and over 750 different varieties of hostas, as well as numerous beautiful sculptures. There is no charge for you to go and stroll through his garden — just call him at (630) 393-3279 to schedule a time.

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