Selecting Plants

Illinois Native Plants for the Home Landscape: Planting design tips for year-round landscape interest, including prairie plant list.

Healthy Hedges: Chicago Region Tree Initiative’s recommended privacy screen replacements, following removal of European Woody Invasive Species prairie plant list.

Native Trees and Shrubs for Supporting Pollinators: Trees Forever, an Iowa non-profit shares recommended trees and shrubs for the Midwest.

Native Shrubs of the Midwest for the Home Landscape: The Morton Arboretum provides a list of suggested shrubs.


Plant Sales

Upcoming 2021 Local Native Plant Sales:

2021 Wild Ones--West Cook's Native Plant Sale in collaboration with the Conservation@Home Program​ of the Forest Preserves of Cook County ​and University of Illinois Extension

2021 DuPage Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale

2021 Marks Citizens for Conservation’s 25th Annual Native Plant Sale!


Native Plant Resources: Website resources and local and regional native plant vendors.

Regional Native Plant Sales: Chicago Region Tree Initiative shares regional plant sale dates and location.

If you would like for Illinois Extension in Cook County to share your local native plant sale information, please email Nancy Kreith at