Get tips and buy the plants you’ll need to create a backyard ecosystem filled with native species during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s second "Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31.
The District is partnering with Monee-based Possibility Place Nursery to offer the event at the Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road in Joliet. More than 100 species of native perennials, shrubs and trees grown by Possibility Place Nursery will be available for purchase. Native plants offer a more welcoming environment for animals, birds and insects and they reduce the need for fertilizers, insecticides or fungicides, which leads to cleaner water and air.
Mike Nowak, host of “The Mike Nowak Show” – a gardening show that airs on WCPT Radio 820 AM and 92.5, 92.7 and 99.9 FM – will make an appearance from 10 a.m. to noon. He will present a modified version of his talk, "I'm Not Really a Garden Expert, I Just Play One on the Radio,” which is a mixture of horticultural and environmental information with a sprinkling of humor. Nowak is a writer and award-winning columnist for Chicagoland Gardening magazine. He also is an Illinois Master Gardener and an Openlands TreeKeeper. He was the host of WGN Radio's “Let's Talk Gardening,” prior to launching his WCPT show, which airs from 9 to 11 a.m. every Sunday.
In addition to Nowak, experts will be on hand throughout the day to help with plant selections and answer questions. Exhibitors and garden artisans will be in attendance, and workshops on proper tree planting techniques and Illinois native bat conservation will be offered. Information will be available on rain gardens, and the District is partnering with The Conservation Foundation to host a rain barrel pickup from 9 to 11 a.m.
The native plant sale will be held rain or shine. For more information or to download a full list of available plants and pricing, visit the Forest Preserve District's Web site at ReconnectWithNature.org. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. No refunds will be given.