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Hyde Park Garden Fair


Native plants need less water, fertilizer, and pesticide, so they are easier to grow. They bring butterflies and birds to your yard, so there’s double the pleasure.

 This year we are concentrating on providing for the monarchs: milkweed for a variety of growing conditions for the caterpillars and nectar plants for the rest of the summer—a variety of liatris and goldenrods.

 We have plants for the sun, the shade, and in between. We have plants that like wet or dry conditions. We try to find unusual species and also to provide old favorites. Our plants are nursery grown, so no natural areas have been disturbed.

 Check out the native plants "in the wild," with a walk through the natural areas around Hyde Park: Nichols Park Meadow, Wooded Island, Bob-o-Link Meadow, and the Burnham Natural Areas.

 In addition to the Native plants, there is a selection of hardy ferns for the shade garden. 

See below for a listing of plants available at the 2018 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. 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




2018 Plants

NOTE: some of these come in flats and some are single plants, some are small and inexpensive, and some come in gallons. 

Latin Name

Common Name

Actaea racemosa

Black Cohosh

Agastache foeniculum

Anise Hyssop

Allium cernuum

Nodding onion

Allium stellatum

Prairie Onion

Allium tricoccum

Wild Leek (Ramps)

Andiantum pedatum

Maidenhair fern

Amsonia hubrichtii

Thread-leaf Blue Star

Aquilegia canadensis


Arisaema triphyllum

Jack in the Pulpit

Aruncus dioicus


Asclepias incarnata

Swamp milkweed

Asclepias sullivantii

Sullivan's milkweed

Asclepias syriaca

Common milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed

Aster novae-angliae

New England aster

Baptisia australis

False indigo

Carex grayi

Common Bur Sedge

Carex muskingumensis

Palm Sedge

Carex stipata

Common Fox Sedge

Carex stricta

Tussock Sedge

Caulophyllum thalictroides

Blue Cohosh

Ceanothus americanus

New Jersy Tea

Chelone glabra


Conoclinium coelestinum

Mist flower

Coreopsis tripteris

Tall Coreopsis

Delphinium exaltatum

Tall Larkspur

Dicentra cucullaria

Dutchman's Breeches

Dryopteris filix-mas

Male fern

Dryopteris marginalis

Marginal Shield (Leather Wood) Fern

Echinacea pallida

Pale coneflower


Purple Love Grass

Eryngium yuccifolium

Rattlesnake master

Erythronium americanum

Trout lily

Eupatorium perfoliatum


Eupatorium purpureum

Joe Pye Weed

Fragaria virginiana

Wild Strawberry

Gentiana andrewsii

Bottle Gentian

Geranium macalatum

Wild Geranium

Geum triflorum

Prairie smoke

Hepatica acutiloba


Heuchera villosa var. Atropurpurea

Oak leaf coral bell

Hierochloe odorata

Sweet Grass

Iris virginica shrevei

Blueflag Iris

Liatris aspera

Rough blazing star

Liatris cylindracea

Dwarf blazing star

Liatris punctata

Dotted Blazing Star

Liatris scariosa

Savanna blazing star

Liatris spicata

Kansas Gay Feather

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower

Lobelia siphilitica

Great Blue Lobelia

Lysimachia ciliata

Fringed Loosestrife

Maianthemum stellatum

Starry Solomon's Seal

Matteucia pennsylvanica

Ostrich fern

Mertensia virginica

Virginia Bluebells

Monarda didyma

Red Oswego Tea

Monarda fistulosa

Wild bergamot

Oenothera macrocarpa

Missouri primrose

Oenothera pilosella

Prairie Sundrops

Onoclea sensibilis

Sensitive fern

Osmunda cinnamomea

Cinnamon fern

Osmunda claytonia

Interrupted Fern

Osmunda regalis

Royal fern

Parthenium integrifolium

Wild quinine

Penstemon digitalis

Beard's tongue

Phlox divaricata

Woodland Phlox

Physostegia virginiana

False Dragonhead (Obedient Plant)

Podophyllum peltatum


Polemonium reptans

Jacob's Ladder

Pycnanthemum muticum

Broad-leaved Mountain Mint

Rudbeckia fulgida

Showy black eyed Susan

Rudbeckia maxima

Great Coneflower

Rudbeckia triloba

Three-leaved coneflower

Ruella humilis

Prairie petunia

Schizachyrium scoparium

Little bluestem

Sedum ternatum

Three-leaved stone crop

Silphium trifoliatum

Whorled rosin weed

Solidago speciosa

Showy goldenrod

Solidago ulmifolia

Elm-leaved Goldenrod

Sporabulus heterolepis

prairie dropseed

Stylophorium diphyllum

Celandine poppy

Symphyotrichum drummondii

Drummond's Aster

Symphyotrichum laeve

Smooth Aster

Taenidia integerrima

Yellow Pimpernel

Teucrium canadense

Germander (Wood Sage)

Thalicturm dasycar

Meadow Rue

Thermopsis vellosum

False Lupine

Trillium grandiflora

White trillium

Trillium luteum

Yellow trillium

Trillium erectum

Red Prairie trillium

Vernonia lettermanii

Upland ironweed


Culver's Root

Viola pedatifida

Prairie Violet