Native Tree and Shrub Sale FAQs

Why do native trees and shrubs 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 variety of trees and shrubs to choose from, and many work well in designs ranging from formal to casual.

Native trees and shrubs evolved under this climate with these soils – so they're hardy and require little in the way of watering once they’re established. Natives 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 wildlife.


When does online ordering for trees and shrubs end?

Orders can be placed online through Tuesday, September 26th, 2017.

Where do I pick up my order?

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

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 9 a.m. to Noon


Are there any discounts available?

Members of Conserve Lake County receive 10% off all trees, shrubs and mulch. Enter code PLANTNATIVE 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.


When should I plant my trees and shrubs? 

The sooner you get your trees and shrubs into the ground, the sooner they can adapt to their new home, establish roots and prepare for winter. October is one of the year's best months for planting trees and shrubs. In fact, arborists favor it! If you’re pressed for time this month, aim to get everything planted by Halloween.  Read our planting tips


Why is Conserve Lake County running a plant sale?

All proceeds from the sale support Openlands. Our popular Conservation@Home program helps Lake County, Illinois residents who want to incorporate eco-friendly practices into their home and business landscapes.

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, Illinois and Midwest Groundcovers of St. Charles, Illinois .
None of the plants were collected from the wild and contain no neonicotinoid pesticides.