If you’re growing plants this season, the library is here to help with an easy kit from the pros at Didier, links to local plant sales that benefit the College of Lake County and the forest preserves, and expert advice for new and experienced gardeners alike.
Garden Starter Kit
Purchase a five-plant kit from Didier Farms ($9.49 + tax) to get your garden underway this season. Each kit includes 2 tomato plants, 2 pepper plants, and 1 bean plant. Orders are due May 21 and supplies are limited. Pick up your kit June 3 or 4 at Didier Farms, 16678 Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire.
To order: complete this form before 2 p.m. Friday, May 21
College of Lake County Plant Sale
The CLC horticulture department is holding its annual plant sale fundraiser virtually this year. Choose from herbs, annuals, perennials, floral hanging baskets, and vegetable plants. Purchase online now through Monday, May 3. Pickup is contact-free, May 6–12, at the college. Proceeds help support CLC horticulture student scholarships and internships.
Lake County Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale
Shop the forest preserve's popular annual sale online this year; your order ships to your door. Choose from native ferns, flowers, plants, shrubs or woody plants suited to almost any backyard. Native plants are beautiful, hardy, easy to maintain, beneficial to the environment, and thrive in Illinois gardens. Get all the details at lcfpd.org/plant-sale.
Gardening Clinic with Master Gardeners • adults
Get answers to all your gardening questions from the master gardeners of the University of Illinois Extension Office. Live online event.
Friday, May 21, 1 p.m. • SIGN UP (required)
How to Plant a Garden • grades K–8 with an adult
An expert from the Lake County Forest Preserve's Bonner Heritage Farm provides basics for planting your own vegetable garden this growing season in this live online event.
Saturday, June 5, 11 a.m. • SIGN UP (required)
Take a turn helping in the Library Garden
The vegetable garden at the library returns this summer and you can help! Volunteering is a great way to enjoy the warm weather and support our community, since all vegetables are donated to neighbors in need. Helping in the garden is light work and all ages are welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Volunteer on your own, with a friend, or as a family or small group.
Questions? Email garden@VAPLD.info.