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Conservation Foundation hosts native plant sale for home gardens

Native plants help with water quality, birds, butterflies

Gardeners bought native plants at a previous year's sale hosted by the The Conservation Foundation and other agencies. This year, the plant sale deadline for ordering is April 22 for a May 12 pickup at the McDonald Farm in Naperville.
Gardeners bought native plants at a previous year's sale hosted by the The Conservation Foundation and other agencies. This year, the plant sale deadline for ordering is April 22 for a May 12 pickup at the McDonald Farm in Naperville.

Native plants that help the environment and are suitable for home landscapes can be bought online for pickup in May during the annual McDonald Farm Plant Sale offered by The Conservation Foundation, its Green Earth Community Supported Agriculture, Natural Communities Native Plants and The Resiliency Institute, the organization announced in a news release.

Gardeners can choose from more than 200 native species of perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs for home landscapes.

Orders are being taken now by visiting naturalcommunities.net and must be made no later than 11:59 p.m. April 22, the release stated.

Plants can be picked up at the McDonald Farm from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 at 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville. If pickup is not possible on that day, alternative pickups at Natural Communities in Batavia can be arranged by calling 331-248-1016.

Native plants are good for wildlife and help with water quality and flood control. Birds and butterflies rely on many of these native plant species to complete their life cycle, including imperiled pollinators, and humans rely on pollinators to grow food, the release stated.

Native plants also have deep roots, which help infiltrate rain where it falls and carry the moisture into the ground, cleaning it as it goes, rather than letting it run off the surface, the release stated.

Plant pickup day is also an open house at the McDonald Farm. Organic vegetable seedlings and herb plants, vegetable and herb gift boxes, rain barrels, permaculture plants, native perennials and grasses will be available, the release stated.

The Conservation Foundation also will offer a limited selection of native trees and shrubs, spring ephemerals – referring to perennial plants that emerge quickly in the spring.

Information is available online at theconservationfoundation.org.

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