Wild Ones fall tree and shrub sale makes ‘going native’ easier

Deadline for orders is Sept. 11; pickup slated for Sept. 25

Every year, residents of the Rock River Valley take advantage of the Wild Ones’ Native Shrub and Tree Sale to buy indigenous species that thrive in our unique climate and soil conditions. Whether the goal is to create a pleasant shady spot with a nice white oak or a natural magnet for wild critters with a fruity black chokeberry bush, the Native Shrub and Tree Sale offers plants to suit most types of habitat and uses.

This year’s deadline for orders is Sept. 11. Buyers can pick up their plants from noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St.

The Wild Ones organization has prepared a sales flier that lists the shrubs and trees, describes plant characteristics and provides planting suggestions. Fliers are available upon request.

Why go native?

Using native trees and shrubs for landscaping is a celebration of our natural heritage. Native species are hardy and have adapted to the northern Illinois environment. They also provide year-round landscape appeal. Perhaps best of all, they attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Many of the shrubs and trees being offered by the Wild Ones aren’t found in commercial nurseries and can be hard to find. Nearly 30 varieties are currently available. Shrubs cost $20 each; trees cost $25 each.

These low-maintenance plants come in convenient 5-gallon containers ready for fall planting. Supplies are limited and sold on a first come, first-served basis.

To submit an order or request a sales flier, contact Cindy Brandt at (815) 962-2680 or by mail at 1649 Oakes Ave., Rockford, IL 61107. Requests can also be sent via e-mail to cbrandt922@insightbb.com.

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.

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