Gardeners and volunteers at the Annual Plant Sale.

For over 30 years, the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory in partnership with the Park District of Oak Park has offered one of the most anticipated and abundant plant sales in the Oak Park area.

From the first “Herb and Scented Plant Sale” in 1989 until today, the Annual Plant Sale has provided carefully grown plants while raising funds in support of the historic Oak Park Conservatory.

Each year, thousands of plants are grown in the Conservatory greenhouses using healthy soil and integrated pest management (IPM) practices providing healthy, sustainable plant products. From hearty vegetables and popular herbs to a unique array of colorful annuals and perennials, there is something to delight gardeners old and new.

Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory volunteers make this community event possible. They begin in the early days of fall by selecting the plants, then starting seeds in winter and nurturing the seedlings into plants. In the days leading up to the Plant Sale, dozens of volunteers give their time and energy to pull orders and make the Plant Sale days run smoothly.

Community support of the Plant Sale helps The Friends provide quality educational programs, volunteer opportunities, community events, and other support for the historic Oak Park Conservatory. The 2021 Plant Sale will take place May 11-13. To learn more, visit

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