What’s So Important About Native Plants

Autumn is an ideal time to plant trees. Cool weather allows them to establish roots in their new locations before spring rains and summer heat stimulate top growth.

Native trees and shrubs are disease and pest-resistant, adapted to our soils, and tolerant of our extreme weather conditions. Help maintain the character of Barrington by planting an oak tree; we have nine species from which you can choose. Native flowering trees rival any exotic hybrids sold at the nurseries while greatly improving the health of our environment. There is a shrub for every niche, habitat and planting scenario. If you have a place, there is a shrub for it.

Citizens for Conservation is now accepting orders for its Annual Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale. Choose from thirty different shrubs and nearly forty species of trees in various sizes.

Download their order form or call 847-382-SAVE (7283) to have one mailed one to you. Orders should be placed no later than Tuesday, September 6th, and can be picked up between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17th.

While picking up your plant order, spend some time enjoying the displays and shopping with the vendors at the Green Fair, held in conjunction with the plant sale. Displays will include the always popular rescued raptors from Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation. There will be specialists in native landscaping, including rain gardens, to talk with you, and you can learn about caring for your lawn the natural way with Safer Pest Control Projects.

Spend time browsing through beautiful, slightly loved nature books, and consider a CFC tee shirt or calendar. Vendors will include handmade suet feeders, local honey, local business myEARTH360 and CFC’s neighbor the Wild Bird Center.

Tree sale and Green Fair are at CFC’s headquarters, the white farmhouse and silo across Route 22 from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital; 459 W. Highway 22, Lake Barrington, Il 60010. Proceeds from the sale will be used to further our mission, “Saving living space for living things.”

3 Responses

  1. Love this post Lynn! Everyone should know what their native plants are in their area!

  2. […] water. If we don’t water it, it will die (once established, since it’s made up of all native plants, the garden will become tolerant of weather extremes. And, yes, we need to invest in rain barrels […]

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