Save money at Spring Plant Sales.
Many public gardens and garden clubs hold plant sales each spring to raise funds for their organizations. Some organizations sell excess plants and some have the plants grown specifically for the sale. These plants are generally of a much better quality than the plants you find at your big box plant seller and often at very reasonable prices. Bring bags or a box to transport your purchases as they may not have any or run out. Also bring cash in small bills and arrive early as everything will get picked over and sell out.
Peterson Garden Project Plant Sale
When: Sat-Sun, April 22-23, 10am-4pm
Thursday, May 4 Preview Party – join us for music, food, and a chance to buy seedlings before we open!
Friday, May 5, 12pm-4pm, Sat-Sun, May 6-7, 10am-4pm
Where: Broadway Bank Building, 5948 N Broadway St
The April sale will offer cooler-weather seedlings and in May warmer-weather seedlings. All certified organic vegetable and herb seedlings are grown by Montalbano Farms and are hand-selected for growing well in Chicago. They are also offering heirloom and open-pollinated dwarf tomato seedlings, as well as a few disease-resistant cucumber, tomato, and basil seedlings. Look for the garden’s book, Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland.
Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory
When: Saturday, May 6, 8 am – 4 pm, Sunday, May 7, noon – 3 pm
Where: 615 Garfield St., Oak Park; 708-725-2460
Over 100 varieties of flowers, herbs and vegetables. View the Plant Sale catalog here and make a shopping list.
Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale Fundraiser
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 13 & 14, 2016 from 10am – 4pm
Where: Wicker Park – 1425 N. Damen, Plant Sale Held West Side of Field House/Inside Gym if Raining
No Admission Charge. Offering Herbs, Vegetables, Flowering Annuals, Hanging Baskets, Perennials.
Hyde Park Garden Fair
When: Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, 2017, 9AM-4PM.
Where: Hyde Park Shopping Plaza at 1550 E 55th St.
The Spring Garden Fair includes 10 plant departments and supports many special projects around Hyde Park. In early spring, members of the Garden Over 50,000 plants emphasizing varieties suitable for city gardens such as shade-tolerant or fit into smaller spaces. Free admission.
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago, (773) 685-3351. Cost: Free Admission, Plant Prices between $2.00 to $5.00 CASH ONLY.
Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse will offer more than 150 varieties of organically-grown vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings. Expect a wide variety of open-pollinated and heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Other highlights include herbs, greens and onions. This year will feature many new plants selected for city gardening in small spaces and containers. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about plant selection and planting. This yearly fundraiser supports the greenhouse and our work to connect kids to nature and healthy foods.
Lurie Garden Plant Sale
When: Sat, Jun 3 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Lurie Garden The sale will be held in the walking plaza to the west of the Lurie Garden. List of plants for sale here.
Spring is a perfect time for planting! The Lurie Garden Spring Festival & Plant Sale will offer a variety of perennials and grasses to provide interest throughout the seasons, as well as food and shelter for local fauna. All proceeds support Lurie Garden public programs. Please bring your own bags or boxes to transport your plants.
No registration required
This year’s selection of plants is great, with tons of options for colors, textures, and growth habits. Plus, Lurie Garden is offering a variety of perennials and grasses as well as number of native plants that are great for local pollinators as well as food and shelter for local fauna. All plants were grown specifically for the plant sale and all proceeds support Lurie Garden public programs.
The event also includes tours, hands-on gardening tips and family events. Please bring your own bags or boxes to transport your plants.