Native Plants

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Title / Author Tags Date
Meet the Homeowners Spending Tens of Thousands to Let Their Lawns Go Wild (Requires subscription?)
Jessica Flint, The Wall Street Journal
Drought-Tolerant Gardening, Native Plants, Sustainable Gardening 9/13/23
From lawn to Minnesota native prairie, part 3: Picking your plants
Shaymus McLaughlin, Bring Me The News
Native Plants 10/1/21
Lawn growers throw in the trowel as meadows replace perfect stripes
Patrick Barkham, The Guardian
Environmental Causes, Lawn, Native Plants 3/13/21
Native Berries to Plant for Birds
Tammie Painter, Horticulture Magazine
Birds, Native Plants 3/9/21
Mulches and mulching
BBC Gardener's World Magazine
Mulching, Native Plants 1/25/21
Rare flowers are sprouting in Cook County’s forest preserves: ‘It was like a dead zone and now it’s come alive’
Madeline Buckley, Chicago Tribune
Native Plants 9/11/20
Guides to Recognizing & Collecting Chicagoland Native Seeds
Lake County Native Seed Nursery
Native Plants, Seeds 8/13/20
Plant your native garden this fall
Illinois Extension
Fall Gardening, Native Plants 8/1/20
Pocket Prairie Plant Companion Guide
Little Garden Club of Wilmette
Native Plants, Pollinators, Prairies
Pocket Prairie Brochure
Little Garden Club of Wilmette
Native Plants, Pollinators

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Limited Availability

We try very hard to source exactly what you’d like, but sometimes growers run out of plants! While this variety is a great deal at the price shown, we know that it has limited availability. If you want the plant even if it might be more expensive, or in a different size or quantity -- after you place your order, just send us a quick note at Then, we’ll try to get you some version of this from one of our growers. And if we can’t get it from anywhere, of course, we’ll send a refund!

Field-Grown vs. Greenhouse-Grown Plants

Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.

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About Ordering From The Plant Club

To secure the best prices for club members and make sure we know the current plants available from each nursery, we take orders only a couple of times a month.

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