Seedling and Plant Sales in Chicago: April/May 2010

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These seedling and plant sales are hosted by community gardens, garden clubs or organizations around Chicago and are a way to raise funds to operate various programs. Instead of purchasing all of your plants from Chicago garden centers or big box stores, consider spreading some of your dollars locally with groups that make a difference in our communities by creating gardens or teaching the value of community gardening and urban greening. No matter what type of garden you have planned for this year you’ll be able to find a plant for your needs and at really reasonable prices. 

18th Annual Green and Growing Fair
April 24, 2010 10AM-3PM
Garfield Park Conservatory. 300 N. Central Park, Chicago, IL
City Farm
April 24, 2010 10AM-1PM
They’ll be selling Green Boxes and compost
1204 N. Clybourn Chicago, IL
Thomas Street Community Garden
Work day, potluck and seedling sale.
April 24, 2010 1PM-3PM
2655 W Thomas in Humboldt Park, south of Division, between California & Western
Friends of the oak Park Conservatory Plant Sale
April 30, 2010. 10:00AM-7:00PM (Members only)
May 1, 2010, 8:00AM-4:00PM (Open to all)
615 Garfield, Oak Park, Il.
Wicker Park Garden Club
Plant Sale & Workshop
May 1 & 2. 10AM-4PM
Wicker Park Fieldhouse 1425 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL In case of rain: inside gym at field house. 
Chicago Botanic Garden 44th Annual A Bloomin’ Sale
May 14, 2010-May 16, 2010. 
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois
Kilbourn Park Organic Plant Sale
May 15, 2010. 10AM-3PM May 16, 2010 10AM-2PM
3501 N. Kilbourn Chicago, IL
Manor Garden Club Fundraiser Plant Sale
May 15, 2010 9:00AM-Noon
Luther Memorial Church
2500 W. Wilson at Campbell Chicago, IL
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance- Plant Sales
May 16, 2010 11AM-4PM
May 29, 2010 11AM-4PM
Spring plant sale with unique and heirloom varieties.
300 N. Central Park Ave, Chicago IL,
Cheney Mansion Spring Plant Sale
May 16, 2010 10AM-3PM
220 N. Euclid in Oak Park accessible from Green Line
The Talking Farm
May 21 and 22. 9AM-4PM
Plant Sale
Organically grown seedlings, seed packs and garden books & used tools.
56th annual Evanston Garden Fair
Downers Grove Organic Gardeners Annual Plant Sale 
May 22, 2010. 9AM-3PM
Hummer Park, 4833 Fairview Avenue in Downers Grove.
Annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables
Indian Boundary park and Warren Park Plant Sale
May, 23, 2010 9AM-4PM
Warren Park Lot-6601 N. Western Ave


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  • Great list! Oak Park Conservatory is also having a plant sale April 30- May 2.

  • In reply to PrairieGarden:

    Liane, Thanks for the tip. I added the sale.

  • In reply to MrBrownThumb:

    Thanks Mr. BT!

  • In reply to PrairieGarden:

    I love the photo you share... the new plants are singing 'PLANT ME in your garden!' I think it is wonderful that you share what is going on in the gardens in Chicago. I surely get my fix of the garden world on your blog.
    Do you know if there are going to be any other Garden events downtown this summer?

  • In reply to BGgarden:

    The only one I can think of is IGCS. I wish we had more of them. Thanks for the kinds words, Bren.

  • In reply to BGgarden:

    Aw, cute little tomato seedlings! It's nice to see the ones growing in my basement are about the same size. Of course, as usual, I've grown too many seedlings. The next few weeks I'll be pawning them off on friends and family, and clients - just my friendly little way of encouraging more people to grow a few veggies!

    I'm thinking it's likely many of these plant sales will offer some interesting varieties, including some heirlooms, that are less likely to be found at the big box stores. Best wishes to all the fund-raising plant sales - I hope this is their best year ever!

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Garden Girl,
    You're right about these plant sales being a chance to buy some unusual plants. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Thought I'd pass along this great video about community gardens made by Chicago high school students working with Community TV Network:

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