Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale

Save the Date - the Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale is on Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve!

One of the best ways to establish and maintain a healthy landscape for your home or business is to use a diversity of native plants. Native trees and shrubs have evolved to withstand weather-related stressors more efficiently than non-native species.  It is also important to select a variety of species to avoid widespread tree and plant loss caused by pathogens and insects, like the enormous loss of local ash trees experienced in recent years due to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer.

Following is a short list of how native plants help your landscape and our community;

  • Promote biodiversity and support native wildlife which is important for ecological balance,
  • Require little maintenance, because they are already adapted to our soils and climate,
  • Are less dependent on fertilizers, pesticides and supplemental watering, and
  • Have evolved natural defenses against many regional pests and diseases.

Please join The City of Lake Forest and Lake Forest Open Lands at our annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at The Conservation Campus at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve (350 North Waukegan Road, Lake Forest).

Native plant material will be made available at reduced costs with a portion of the proceeds going toward re-greening Lake Forest’s open space. Place your pre-orders on Lake Forest Open Lands website through May 12. Quantities are limited so please order early. 

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