Plant Sale FAQs

What is the Conserve Lake County Native Plant Sale?

Conserve Lake County offers both an online and on-site sale.

Shop on-site Monday through Saturday (Closed Sundays)
May 16 - 31, 2014
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at the Conserve Lake County office at Almond Marsh map


When does online ordering end?

Orders can be placed online through May 1, 2014.


Where and when do I pick up my online order?

Pick up orders at the Conserve Lake County offices at Almond Marsh at 32492 N. Almond Road, just south of Route 120 in Grayslake. Map

Pickup is May 16 and May 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Are there any discounts available?

Members of Conserve Lake County receive 10% off! Enter code MembersRock at the end of the checkout process. If you aren't sure if your membership is current, email

Non-members can join Conserve Lake County here to take advantage of the 10% savings.


Why is Conserve Lake County running a plant sale?

All proceeds from the sale support the work of Conserve Lake County including  Conservation@Home, our certification program for eco-friendly landscapes. 


What is EarthWild Gardens?

Conserve Lake County purchased EarthWild Gardens in early 2013. For over 10 years, EarthWild Gardens provided Lake County residents with fresh, beautiful local and regional native trees, shrubs and perennials that perform exceptionally well in garden settings.


Why do native plants matter?

One of the most important steps you can take to support clean water, rich soil and resilient ecosystems is to add plants to your landscape that are native to northeastern Illinois. Nothing helps soil, water or ecosystems like natives. You'll be delighted with the profusion of trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses to choose from, and many work well in designs ranging from formal to casual.


Native plants evolved under this climate with these soils – so they're hardy and require little in the way of watering once they’re established. Native plants tend to have deep roots that build rich soil. Those roots aid in both water purification and rainwater absorption. And they provide essential food chain links for songbirds and butterflies – both of which will become regular visitors.


Where do these plants come from?

All are of regional ecotype and nearly all are of local ecotype – this means they are descended from remnant plants that grew right in this area and feature the ancient genetic lineage of this particular landscape. Thus, they carry the genetic adaptations of the plants that were originally growing here. Within an ecotype there is still some genetic variation but the pool of plants reflects the adaptations of our specific local environment.


We are proud to work with these growers: Possibility Place Nursery of Monee, Midwest Groundcovers of St. Charles and Red Buffalo of Hebron.


None of the plants were collected from the wild.