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Hyde Park Garden Fair

CarolOur emphasis is on native plants. We purchase nursery-grown stock. Because natives need less water, fertilizer, and pesticide, they are easier to grow.

For a shade-woodland setting, we have about 25 flowering species (including five types of trillium) and 15 to 20 fern species. We also sell about 25 species of forbs and grasses that are good for a sunny location. Each category has plants that range from small to very large, early to late blooming, wet to dry soil tolerant.

If you are interested in attracting butterflies or humming birds, native plants are for you. (See below for listing of plants available at the 2015 fair.)

Table of Wildflowers









Milkweeds & Monarchs, 
Plants & Seeds at Hyde Park Garden Fair

The population of the monarch butterfly,  one of our most beloved  butterflies,  is in serious decline. The monarch makes an annual migration from its winter home in the oyamel fir forests of Mexico to the American Midwest (another migration is along the pacific north coast). Problems in these areas have led to a large drop in their numbers.

Part of this decline was due to the drought and heat wave last year and part is due to the steady destruction of the Mexican  forests. Another  significant loss  is due to the use of pesticides,  destruction  of butterfly habitat and   source of food in the Midwest. Monarchs need our help.

The monarch butterfly lays its eggs only on milkweed plants and the caterpillar feeds only on  these leaves. That is why it is important to have milkweed plants available along their migration route and at the area where they over winter and breed.

Everyone with a garden can help by growing locally native milkweeds. The Hyde Park Garden Fair will be selling several types of milkweed and giving away free seeds. These plants are easy to grow, have showy flowers, and some have a delicate fragrance. Growing milkweeds not only helps monarch butterflies but is also a food source for many other insects. Children are fascinated with the seed pods which can be used as stuffing.  They like to watch the life cycle of the butterfly.



Garden Fair Sale Held at
Hyde Park Shopping Center
55th Street and South Lake Park
Chicago, IL 60615




2017 Plants
Note: We will have flats of some of these, but only single plants for some.

Latin Name Common Name
Agastache foeniculum Hyssop
Allium cernuum Nodding onion
Amorpha canescens Lead Plant
Andropogon gerardii` Big bluestem
Anemone cylindrica Thimbleweed
Aquilegia canadensis Columbine
Arisaema triphyllum Jack in the Pulpit
Asclepias incarnata Swamp milkweed
Asclepias sullivantii Sullivan's milkweed
Asclepias syriaca Common milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed
Aster azureus Sky Blue Aster
Baptisia australis Blue wild indigo
Caltha palustris Marsh marigold
Campanula americana Tall Bellflower
Carex eburnea Ivory sedge
Carex vulpinoidea Brown Fox Sedge
Ceanothus americanus New Jersy Tea
Chasmanthium latifolium Indian Wood Oats
Desmanthus illinoensis Illinois Sensitive Plant
Dicentra cucullaria Dutchman's breeches
Dicentra exima bleeding heart
Dodecatheon meadia Shooting star
Dryopteris marginalis Marginal wood fern
Echinacea purpurea Purple coneflower
Eryngium yuccifolium Rattlesnake master
Eupatorium coelestinium Mistflower
Eupatorium purpureum Purple Joe Py Weed
Filipendula rubra Queen of the Prairie
Gentiana andrewsii Bottle Gentian
Geranium macalatum Wild Geranium
Geum triflorum Prairie smoke
Geum triflorum Prairie smoke
Helenium automnale Dogtooth Daisy
Hierochloe odorata Sweet Grass
Hypericum pyramidatum Great St. John's Wort
Koeleria pyramidata June Grass
Liatris aspera Rough blazing star
Liatris pycnostachya Prairie blazing star
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue Lobelia
Lonicera sempervirens Trumpet honeysuckle
Mertensia Virginia bluebells
Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot
Oenothera missouriensis Missouri primrose
Penstemon digitalis Foxglove Beardstongue
Penthorum sedoides Ditch Stonecrop
Phlox glaberrima marsh phlox
Physostegia virginiana Obedient plant
podophyllum peltatum Mayapple
Polemonium reptans Jacob's Ladder
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Slender Mountain Mint
Pynanthemum virginianum Mountain Mint
Rudbeckia fulgida Showy black eyed Susan
Ruella humilis Prairie petunia
Schizachyrium scoparium  Little bluestem
Silphium laciniatum Compass plant
Silphium perfoliatum Cup plant
Solidago ulmifolia Elm-leaved Goldenrod
Sporabulus heterolepis prairie dropseed
Symphyotrichum (Aster) novae-angliae New England aster
Thalictrum dasycarpum Meadow rue
Thalictrum dasycarpum Meado rue
Trillium recurvatum Prairie Trillium
Trillium grandiflorum White trillium
Ttillium luteum Yellow trillium
uvularia grandiflora Great Merrybells



Andiantum pedatum Maidenhair fern
Athyrium "Limelight"
Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae' Victorian lady fern
Athyrium nipponicum  "pictum" Japanese Painted Fern
Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae Tatting fern
Cyrtomium fortunei Fortune's Holly Fern
Onoclea sensibilis Sensitive fern
Osmunda cinnamomea Cinnamon fern
Osmunda regalis Royal fern