Unique Shopping Opportunity for Plants, Botanical Art and Garden Décor

  • Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club members LaRayne Scharm and Kathy Michas sell plants during a previous plant sale at Reed Turner Nature Center in Long Grove.

    Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club members LaRayne Scharm and Kathy Michas sell plants during a previous plant sale at Reed Turner Nature Center in Long Grove. Courtesy of Ken Wittig

 
Submitted by Jan Healy

Now that spring is finally here, it's time to start thinking about your gardens and landscapes.

So, mark your calendar for the Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club's annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Reed Turner Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Road, in Long Grove.

Unlike retail plant sales, this sale is unique in that there are hundreds of perennial plants for sale that were actually grown in garden club members' gardens. These are tried-and-true performers for the local soil and climate. Plants include grasses, flowers and vegetables.

Varieties of heirloom tomato plants are always a big hit at this sale. There will also be varieties of milkweed plants. Milkweed is the only plant that the endangered monarch butterfly will lay their eggs on. You can help stop the decline of these creatures by planting milkweed in your garden.

The award-winning Reed-Turner Botanic Artists will be selling their botanical artwork, including originals, prints and cards.

Every garden needs more than just plants. Garden décor, whether to place in the garden or to display on walls of garden sheds or patios, brings further interest to your outdoor space. It can also serve to set apart different garden beds or borders. The club will have a variety of outdoor decorative items offered at very affordable prices.

For information, email Kathy at kathymichas33@gmail.com.

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