Here are some select publications, organizations, nurseries, and databases that are dedicated to native plants and landscaping. You can also find meeting presentation handouts that have been uploaded to the web site and news press releases.

Nurseries / Purchase Native Plants


Casey’s Garden Shop, 1505 N Main, Bloomington, 309-828-1424, Map & Directions, List of Natives

Green View Nursery, 1813 Industrial Park Dr, Normal, 309-452-9402, Map & Directions, List of Natives

Grieder Sod & Landscaping, 1804 N Towanda Barnes Rd, Bloomington, 309-662-8527, Map & Directions, List of Natives

Growing Grounds, 1600 S Main, Bloomington, 309-827-4343, Map & Directions, List of Natives

Owen Nursery & Florist, 1700 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington, 309-662-3511, Map & Directions, List of Natives

Penn Landscaping & Sunburst Nursery, 2407 S Main, Bloomington, 309-663-5513, Map & Directions, List of Natives

Wendell Niepagen Greenhouses & Garden Center, 2010 Fox Creek Rd, Bloomington, 309-828-4580, Map & Directions, List of Natives

Regional / Online

Bluestem Prairie Nursery (sells seeds and bare root only - he is retiring at the end of 2011)
Ken Schaal -- 13197 E. 13th Rd -- Hillsboro, IL 62049 -- (217) 532-6344

Illinois Native Plant Nurseries:

Simply Native Nursery
681 State Hwy 135 -- Alexis, IL  61412 -- 309-586-4078 or 309-371-9598 (Cell)
Limited selection of perennials; call ahead for hours and to see what she has available for sale (online catalog available)

Possibility Place (Specializes in native trees and shrubs – has some perennials)
7548 W. Monee Manhattan Rd -- Monee, IL 60449  --  708-534-3988 – informative website

Prairie Moon Nursery

Prairie Nursery

Publications (Books, Magazines, Pamplets, etc.)

Burrell, C C, Janet Marinelli, and Bonnie Harper-Lore. Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants. Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2006.
Find it at: Normal Public Library | Illinois State Univ. Milner Library

Czarapata, Elizabeth J. Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest: An Illustrated Guide to Their Identification and Control. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005.
Find it at: Illinois State Univ. Milner Library

Ferreniea, Viki. Wildflowers in Your Garden. New York: Random House, 1993.
Find it at: Bloomington Public Library | Normal Public Library

Hill, Patricia. Design Your Natural Midwest Garden. Madison, WI: Trails Books, 2007.
Find it at: Normal Public Library

Nowakowski, Keith G. Native Plants in the Home Landscape: For the Upper Midwest. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Extension, 2004.
Order at: Univ. of IL Extention

Tallamy, Douglas W. Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2007.
Find it at: Normal Public Library

Wild Ones Bookstore:

Wild Ones Publications for Download:


Local and Regional

JWP Audubon Society:

Ecology Action Center:

ParkLands Foundation:

Sugar Grove Nature Center:

Grand Prairie Friends (Urbana, IL):

Illinois Native Plant Society:

Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL):

The Nature Institute (Godfrey, IL):


The Lady Byrd Johnson Wildflower Center:

Native Plants National Organizations:

The WILD (Wild Ones Institute for Learning and Development) Center:

Databases / Search

Illinois Wildflowers:

University of Illinois Extension Wildflowers:

American Beauties Native Plant Finder:

Ecology and Management of Invasive Plants Program (Cornell University):

Global Invasive Species Database (GISD):

Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder:

NativeBrowser by JFNew Native Plant Nursery:

USDA National Science Conservation Center PLANTS Database:

Meeting Presentation Handouts

Getting Started With Natives in Your Yard by Sherri Snyder (February 7, 2011)
Summary (pdf); Table of Plants in Sherrie's & Bill's Yard (pdf)

News and Press Releases

New group promotes vegetation suited to land
By Scott Richardson | | Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2011 7:00 am

Images on the Banners

Photographer: Sharon A. Yiesla; Web site: University of Extension Wildflowers,

  1. Purple Trillium (Trillium erectum):
  2. Blue Flag (Iris virginica):
  3. Doll's Eyes, White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda):
  4. Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida):
  5. Royal Catchfly (Silene regia):
  6. Aromatic Aster (Aster oblongiflorus):
  7. Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia):
  8. Oxeye Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides):
  9. Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata):
  10. Elm-leaved goldenrod (Solidago ulmifolia):
  11. Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis):
  12. Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa):
  13. Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya):
  14. Bee Balm (Monarda didyma):
  15. Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum):
  16. White Prairie Clover (Petalostemum candidum; Dalea candida):
  17. Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra):
  18. Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa):