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.
Hyde Park Garden Fair
When: Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, 2019
Where: Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th Street and South Lake Park
The Spring Garden Fair includes 10 plant departments (at right), and supports many special projects (see “About Us”). In early spring, members of the Garden Fair visit nurseries from Wisconsin to Indiana to hand-pick thousands of plants, based on years of gardening experience and emphasizing varieties suitable for city gardens—for example, those that are shade-tolerant or fit into smaller spaces.
Organic Plant Sale at Kilbourn
When: Sat, May 18-19, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave. Admission free Plants $2.00-5.00, CASH ONLY
Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse will offer more than 150 varieties of organically-grown vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings. Customers can expect a wide variety of open-pollinated and heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Other highlights include an assortment of herbs, greens and onions. This year will feature many new plants selected for city gardening in small spaces and containers. These seedlings are grown with the support of a team of dedicated volunteers who make this Plant Sale possible. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about plant selection and planting.
Also available: Perennials and other plants donated by volunteers, organic compost, light snacks and a cookbook compiled by the Friends of Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse will be available for purchase.
We’ll keep the kids busy with all kinds of fun activities during the Organic Plant Sale. Activities will include Arts & Crafts, Yoga, Scavenger Hunts and Planting Stations.
Lurie Garden Plant Sale
When: Sat, June 1, 2019 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Where: Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Monroe between Columbus and Michigan. The sale will be held in the walking plaza to the west of the Lurie Garden.
Spring is a perfect time for planting! The Lurie Garden 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.
Oak Park Conservatory Spring Plant Sale
When: Saturday, May 4-5, 2020 Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sun. noon – 3 p.m.Where: Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield, Oak Park, IL 60304The sale features a large selection of vegetables, herbs and flowers, including many unique varieties, almost all of which are grown in our Conservatory greenhouses.
Wicker Park Plant Sale
When: Sat, May 11-12, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave Westside of Field House. RAIN LOCATION: Gym
The sale is a FUNDRAISER for the 10,000 sq. ft. of Park Gardens. The gardens are designed, funded and maintained by the Wicker Park Garden Club. You will be able to purchase herbs, vegetables, flowering annuals, hanging baskets and perennials. Kids can decorate 4 inch pots, fill them with soil, and then plant seeds in the pots to give to their mothers for Mother’s Day. Volunteers will assist you with finding the plants that will work best in your gardens, containers, or roof tops and help you find the perfect gift for your mother.
Garfield Park Conservatory
When: Sat, May 11, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
The seedling sale this year will include varieties of flowers, herbs, and warm-season vegetable seedlings. All seedlings are grown in GPCA’s organic and sustainable seedling mix from all non-GMO seeds – many from our favorites saved from our own garden. GPCA members get early access.