Find the perfect native tree or shrub for your yard by shopping the DuPage Forest Preserve District’s Native Fall Trees and Shrubs sale.
Online ordering begins Monday, August 1.
Gardeners should order trees and shrubs in advance; they will not be able to shop at St. James Farm.
Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last and subject to nursery availability.
Trees and shrubs can be picked up Friday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. James Farm in Warrenville.
The sale will feature 41 different species of native trees and shrubs, all grown locally from seed within a 100-mile radius of DuPage County. A list of plants for sale is available at dupageforest.org/fall-tree-shrub-sale.
Fall is the best time to plant native trees and shrubs. This gives them an extra growing season before the stresses of summer, and there is no need to worry about young native trees surviving the winter as they go dormant – the plant equivalent of the hibernation.
Native trees and shrubs are good additions to the garden because they are better equipped to handle Illinois weather conditions and do not require fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or watering once established.
They provide greater soil and food stability and habitat for native wildlife, including pollinators. Native oaks are particularly important because they are a keystone species, which means that many other plants and animals depend on them for food and shelter.
All proceeds from the sale of fall trees and shrubs go to support Forest Preserve District educational programs.
DuPage County’s Forest Preserve District has connected people to nature for over 100 years.
More than 6.2 million people visit its more than 60 forest reserves, 266 kilometers of trails, six educational centers and dozens of programs each year.
For more information, call (630) 933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also access the newsletter, blog, Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Tik Tok.