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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 2019 fair.

Table of Wildflowers

The Wildflowers Department regrets that it is unable to fill special orders.








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




2019 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 snakeroot

Agastache foeniculum

Anise Hyssop

Allium stellatum

Prairie Onion

Amorpha canescens

Lead plant

Antennaria plantaginifola

Pussy Toes

Aquilegia canadensis

Wild Columbine

Arisaema triphyllum

Jack in the Pulpit

Aruncus dioicus


Asclepias incarnata

Swamp milkweed

Asclepias syriaca

Common milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed

Asclepias verticulata


Aster puniceus

Bristly aster

Baptisia australis

Wild Blue Indigo

Bouteloua curtipendula

Sideoats grama

Callichoe involucrata


Carex pennsylvanica

Oak sedge

Caulophyllum thalictroides

Blue Cohosh

Ceanothus americanus

New Jersy Tea

Chasmanthium latifolium

Northern sea oats

Claytonia virginica

Spring Beauty

Conoclinium coelestinum

Mist flower

Coreopsis lanceolata

Sand Coreopsis

Coreopsis palmata


Dicentra eximia

Wild Bleeding Heart

Dodecatheon meadia

Shooting star

Echinacea purpurea

Pale coneflower

Equisetum hyemale

Rough horsetail

Eryngium yuccifolium

Rattlesnake master

Eupatoriadelphus maculatus

Spotted Joe Pye Weed

Eupatorium purpureum

Joe Pye Weed

Fern, Adiantum pedatum

Maidenhair fern

Fern, Athyrium filix-femina

Lady fern

Fern, Athyrium 'Lady in Red'


Fern, Athyrium 'Pictum'


Fern, Dryopteris Brilliance®


Fern, Dryopteris marginalis

Marginal Wood Fern

Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich fern

Fern, Onoclea sensibilis

Sensitive fern

Fern, Osmunda cinnamomea

Cinnamon fern

Fern, Osmunda regalis

Royal Fern

Fern: Athyrium n. ‘Pictum’

(Japanese Painted)

Fern: Athyrium niponicum

Japanese Painted Fern

Fern: Athyrium niponicum

Tassel Fern

Fragaria virginiana

Wild Strawberry

Gentiana andrewsii

Bottle Gentian

Geranium macalatum

Wild Geranium

Geum triflorum

Prairie Smoke

Hepatica acutiloba

Sharp-lobed Hepatica

Heuchera villosa var. Atropurpurea

Oak leaf coral bell

Hierochloe odorata

Sweet Grass

Iris cristata

Crested iris

Liatris aspera

Rough blazing star

Liatris cylindracea

Cylindrical blazing star

Liatris pycnostachya

Prairie blazing star

Liatris scariosa

Savanna blazing star

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower

Lobelia siphilitica

Blue Lobelia

Maianthemum canadense

Canada Mayflower

Mertensia virginica

Virginia bluebells

Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot

Penstemon pallida

Pale Beard's tongue

Phlox divaricata

Woodland phlox

Physostegia virginiana

False Dragonhead (Obedient Plant)

Podophyllum peltatum


Polemonium reptans

Jacob's Ladder

Polygonatum biflorum

Smooth Solomon's seal

Polystichum acrostichoides


Potentilla arguta

Prairie Cinquefoil

Pycnanthemum muticum

Broad-leaved Mountain Mint

Ratiba pinnata

Gray-headed coneflower

Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa

Showy black eyed Susan

Ruellia humilis

Wild Petunia

Sanguinaria canadense


Schizachyrium scoparium

Little bluestem

Silene Regia

Royal Catchfly

Silene virgnica

Fire Pink

Silphium laciniatum

Compass Plant

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Blue-eyed grass

Solidago speciosa

Showy goldenrod

Sporobolus heterolepis

Prairie dropseed

Stylophorum diphyllum

Celandine poppy

Symphyotrichum cordifolium

Blue Wood Aster

Symphyotrichum shortii

Short's Aster

Taenidia integerrima

Yellow Pimpernel

Thalictrum dioicum

Early meadow rue

Tiarella cordifolia

Foan Flower

Trillium recurvatum

Prairie Trillium

Vernonia fasciculata


Zizia aurea

Golden Alexander