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The WPPC’s Annual Native Plant Sale is May 5!

Our annual native plant sale will be on Sunday May 5, 2024 from noon until 3pm in the Commons Area at McHenry County College.  We often have a line forming by 11, so plan on arriving early for the best selection.   We will have plants available that will thrive on your property whether it features sun, shade, wet areas or a combination of all three.  This year’s sale will feature over 130 species with prices generally in the $4 to $9 range.  Plant availability changes from year to year, but here is a plant list of what should be available.  In addition to our wide selection of plants native to northern Illinois, we will have a selection of books available for purchase and a vendor selling heirloom vegetable plants and herbs.  There will be many experienced native plant gardeners volunteering at the sale who will be able to answer your questions.  If you’re unsure where to begin, here are some basic garden plans to get you started.


WPPC Garden Walk Season Arrives Soon!

We have a full slate of native garden/habitat walks on tap for this year.  There is a list of all walks (with links to the details) posted on the Garden Walks page.   The first Walk on the Wild Side of 2024 will be Saturday May 11 at 2pm at the Trout Valley Fen.  The Fen features nice areas of Virginia Bluebells, Marsh Marigolds and one of the finest stands of Skunk Cabbage in Northern Illinois.  A group of residents have worked for several years on restoring the fen, and one of them will lead the tour.  The walk is free of charge and no pre-registration is required.  The walk will begin at the Trout Valley Barn, 167 Country Commons Rd, Trout Valley.  Parking is limited, so please car-pool if able.  For more information and directions, see the event listing.

Top 10 Things New Native Gardeners Need to Know

Watch an inspiring presentation that will encourage people new to native gardening or give the already convinced some new ideas. This was a zoom presentation given on March 3rd, 2022 entitled “Top 10 Things New Native Gardeners Need to Know” by Ken Williams. Enjoy!  Click here for video.

If you would like to learn how to plant a native garden in your yard, you can contact Kris Hall at

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Dedicated to:

Promoting the use of native plants in the landscape through preservation, propagation, and education
Advocating the conservation of open space, natural landscapes, wildlife habitat, scenic resources, and water in McHenry County and neighboring areas for the benefit of the general public
Engaging in and otherwise promoting the scientific study of and educating the public regarding local natural resources