Plant Sale FAQs

What is the Openlands Native Plant Sale?

Openlands offers both an online and on-site sale.

You can shop on-site from Friday, May 18 through Thursday, May 31 between 9am-3pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

The on-site store is located at Almond Marsh Forest Preserve, 32492 N. Almond Road, just south of Route 120 in Grayslake, Illinois | map


When does online ordering end?

Orders can be placed online through April 29, 2018.


Where and when do I pick up my online order?

Pick up orders at Almond Marsh Forest Preserve at 32492 N. Almond Road, just south of Route 120 in Grayslake | map

Pickup is May 18 - May 20 from 9am-3pm


Are there any discounts available?

Members of Openlands receive 10% off their purchases when using the code emailed to them. Enter the code at the end of the checkout process. If you aren't sure if your membership is current, please contact

Non-members can Become an Openlands Member to take advantage of the 10% savings.


Why is Openlands running the plant sale?

Following years of successful collaboration with each other that benefited Lake County, the local conservation organization Conserve Lake County has merged into Openlands, a regional organization that is nationally recognized as a land conservation leader and defender of nature in the region since 1963.

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


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?

These plants are native species that have adapted to our region's climate. Native plants are descended from the plants that have grown in this for centuries and they feature the ancient genetic lineage of this particular landscape. 

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

None of the plants were collected from the wild and none contain neonicotinoids.