HOME      |       ABOUT US       |       PROJECTS       |       volunteers       |       Contact
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




2015 Plants
Note: We will have flats of some of these, but only single plants for some.

Latin Name Common Name
Actaea rubra Red Baneberry
Adiantum pedantum Maidenhair Fern
Agastache foeniculum Anise Hyssop
Allium cernuum Nodding Wild Onion
Allium stellatum Prairie Onion
Allium triccocum Ramp
Andropogon scoparius Little Bluestem
Anemonella thalictroides Rue anemone
Aquilegia canadensis Columbine
Arisaema dracontium Green Dragon
Arisaema triphyllum Jack in the Pulpit
Asclepias incarnata Swamp milkweed
Asclepias sullivanti Prairie milkweed
Asclepias syriaca Common milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed
Asclepias verticillata Whorled milkweed
Asplenium platyneuron Ebony Spleenwort
Aster cordifolius Heart-Leaved Aster
Aster laevis Smooth Blue Aster
Aster novae-angliae New England Aster
Aster oblongifolius Aromatic Aster
Athyrium felix-femina "Victoriae" Lady fern
Athyrium niponicum Applecourt Crested painted fern
Athyrium nipponicum  "pictum" Japanese Painted Fern
Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae Tatting fern
Baptisia alba White wild indigo
Baptisia australis Blue wild indigo
Baptisia spaerocarpa Large Yellow Indigo
Campanula americana Tall bellflower
Carex eburnea Ivory Sedge
Carex rosea Rose Wood Sedge
Carex stipata Prickly Sedge
Caullophylum thalictroides Blue Cohosh
Chasmanthium latifolium Northern Sea Oats  
Chelone glabra White Turtlehead
Coreapsis palmata Tickseed
Cyrtomium fortunei Holly fern
Dicentra cucullaria Dutchman's Breeches
Dryopteris erythrosora Autumn Brilliance fern
Dryopteris filix-mas Male fern
Dryopteris marginalis Marginal Shield Fern
Echinacea pallida Pale Coneflower
Eryngium yuccifolium Rattlesnake Master
Fragaria virginiana Wild Strawberry
Gentiana andrewsii Bottle Gentian
Geranium macalatum Wild Geranium
Geum triflorum Prairie smoke
Gillenia trifoliata Indian Physics
Hepatica americana Round-Leaf Hepatica
Heuchera richardsonii Alum Root
Hierochloe odorata Sweet Grass
Liatris aspera Rough Blazing Star
Liatris cylindracea Dwarf Blazing Star
Liatris ligulistiolis Meadow Blazing Star
Liatris spicata Marsh Blazing Star
Lilium michiganense (superbum) Turk's cap lily
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis Great Blue Lobelia
Lupinus perennis Wild lupine
Monarda fistulosa Wild bergamot
Opunta humifusa Eastern prickly pear
Osmunda cinnamomea Cinnamon Fern
Osmunda claytonia Interrupted Fern
Osmunda regalis Royal Fern
Oxalis violacea Violet Wood Sorrel
Parthenium integrifolium Wild Quinine
Pedicularis lanceolata Marsh betony
Penstemon calycosus Smooth Beardtongue
Penstemon grandiflorus Large-flowered Beardtongue
Phlox divaricata Blue wood phlox
Phlox pilosa Prairie Phlox
Polemonium reptans Jacob's Ladder
Polypodium virginianum Polypody Fern
Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern
Ruella humilis Wild Petunia
Silene regia Royal Catchfly
Smilacina stellata Starry False Solomon's Seal
Solidago speciosa Showy Goldenrod
Stylophorum diphyllum Celandine poppy
Thalictrum dasycarpum Purple Meadow Rue
Trillium grandiflorum White Trillium
Trillium luteum Yellow Trillium
Trillium recurvum Red Trillium
Uvularia grandiflora Merry Bells
Veronicastrum virginicum Culver's Root
Zizea aptera Heart-Leaved Golden Alexander
Zizea aurea Golden alexander