2017 Grand Prairie Friends Native Plant SaleSaturday May 13, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Inside Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL
Plant Sale Flyer
Since 1994, Grand Prairie Friends has been selling plants native to the tallgrass prairie and woodlands of east-central Illinois. Native plants beautify your home landscape, reduce maintenance, and provide important sources of nectar and food for native insects and other wildlife. Help the iconic Monarch Butterfly and plant milkweeds!
Prices are reasonable: $4 for a single pot (3 x 3 x 4 inches) or $60 for an 18-pot flat. A list of plant species that should be available can be found below. Subject to change by sale day. Cash or check only, please. All sales are final.
Native Plant Sale Volunteer Opportunities
Transplanting for May 4 has been cancelled as all seedlings have been potted.
Volunteers with a willingness to work hard and get their hands dirty are needed—no experience necessary. Plants are set to be delivered April 1, and we’ll gather on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM—April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, and May11 in the Natural Resources Study Annex (NRSA) Greenhouse, 1910 S. Griffith Dr., Champaign . This greenhouse is south of St. Mary’s Road and west of First Street to the southwest of Assembly Hall (map). Questions can be directed to Jamie Ellis (james.ellis72 [at] gmail [dot] com) or Dave Easter (d.a.easter [at] att [dot] net).
On Friday May 12, GPF needs volunteers to help load, haul, and unload plants. We'll work from 4:00 to 6:00 PM meeting first at the NRSA greenhouse. A small crew (2-3 people) will be needed at Lincoln Square to set up tables and arrange the space. If you have a truck and a strong back (or just a truck), then you're especially needed! RSVP to Diane (dianeed [at] sbcglobal [dot] net) if you can help.
The sale runs from 8 AM to 1 PM on May 13 inside Lincoln Square. We'll need 4-5 people over a couple of shifts to help customers pick out plants, keep tables tidy, and staple boxes. This is the fun part--sending native plants to loving homes! RSVP to Diane (dianeed [at] sbcglobal [dot] net) if you can help.
We ask that volunteers wear their turquoise GPF t-shirt on Sale Day. If you don’t have one but would like one for $11, contact Diane (dianeed [at] sbcglobal [dot] net).
A very important task on sale day. We need six people committed to keeping track of the money. Two people on an early shift and two on a late shift. Two other volunteers are needed to make one or two bank deposit trips as needed. RSVP to Ed Wilhite (dianeed [at] sbcglobal [dot] net) if you can help.
2017 Plant List
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Amorpha canescens||Lead Plant|
|Andropogon gerardii||Big Bluestem|
|Asclepias incarnata||swamp milkweed|
|Asclepias sullivantii||Sullivant's milkweed|
|Asclepias tuberosa||orange butterflyweed|
|Aster laevis||smooth blue aster|
|Aster novae-angliae||New England aster|
|Aster shortii||Short's aster|
|Bouteloua curtipendula||side-oats grama|
|Ceanothus americanus||New Jersey tea|
|Dalea purpurea||Purple prairie clover|
|Echinacea pallida||pale purple coneflower|
|Eryngium yuccifolium||rattlesnake master|
|Eupatorium purpureum||purple Joe Pye weed|
|Heliopsis helianthoides||false sunflower|
|Liatris pycnostachya||prairie blazine star|
|Lobelia siphilitica||great blue lobelia|
|Monarda fistulosa||wild bergamot|
|Parthenium integrifolium||wild quinine|
|Penstemon digitalis||foxglove beard tongue|
|Pycnanthemum virginianum||common mountain mint|
|Ratibida pinnata||yellow coneflower|
|Rudbeckia hirta||black-eyed Susan|
|Schizachyrium scoparium||little bluestem|
|Silphium integrifolium||rosin weed|
|Silphium laciniatum||compass plant|
|Solidago ulmifolia||elm-leaved goldenrod|
|Sorghastrum nutans||Indian grass|
|Sporobolus heterolepis||prairie drop seed|
|Vernonia missurica||Missouri ironweed|
|Zizia aurea||Golden alexanders|