Garden and nature events

Petunias for Moms and Pets April 8-30, Thu-Fri. The Animal Protective League is selling hanging baskets of petunias and wave petunias in a variety of colors from Wolf Creek Farms. They make a great Mother's Day gift or buy some for yourself. Your purchase will help sick, injured and homeless animals. Order online at You can also call in your order or drop it off at the shelter. Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, 217-544-7387.

Enos Park Spring Fundraiser April 8-30. Thu-Fri. Beautiful geraniums, hanging flower baskets and pots provided by Seaney Farms. Each plant is full and will last all summer, if kept watered. Pick up is May 3, 11am-1pm and 5-8pm at the Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. The sale directly supports beautification projects throughout Enos Park. Order online at 217-747-8337.

Native Plant Sale April 17, Sat, 10am-12pm. Small quantities of some popular native plants, particularly spring ephemerals, as well as a few trees and shrubs. Masks and social distancing are required. Hosted by the Starhill Forest Arboretum. Sale is at the Petersburg Public Library, 220 S. Sixth St., Petersburg. 217-632-3685.

Mushroom Workshop April 17, Sat, 10am-1pm. Learn the dos and don'ts of growing oyster and shiitake mushrooms on cottonwood and oak logs. Participants will get logs they will inoculate themselves. Bring a hammer and cordless drill with a 5/16 bit. Call to make reservations and get more information. Space is limited. $25-$30. Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, 9560 Withers Road, Loami. 217-525-1410.

Earth Awareness Fair April 17, Sat, 11am-4pm. A family friendly event with exhibitors, animals, hands-on activities, art, music, workshops, games, contests and food. Hosted by the City of Springfield. Reservations suggested. Free. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr. 217-789-2255.

Botanical Drawing and Journaling April 17, May 15 and June 19, Sat, 3-5pm. Brush up on your botany skills and get inspired to write and draw with Friends of Sangamon Valley director Vernon LaGesse. Space is limited. Reservations are required, as are masks. Free. Donations welcome. Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, 9560 Withers Road, Loami. 217-525-1410.

Spring Lawn and Garden Sale

April 17-18, 8am. Shop for your lawn and garden supplies – plants, garden art, grills, mowers, decks, landscaping supplies and more. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. Hosted by 104.5 WFMB. Bank of Springfield Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

Herb and Flower Seedling Sale April 22, Thu. Ongoing as supplies last. Donations are asked for the seedlings so as many families as possible can enjoy the flowers, herbs and vegetables that are grown without chemicals. After the sale, remaining seedlings will be donated to those in need. Vegetable seedlings will be available in May. Call for ordering information or visit the Facebook page for more information. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road. 217-787-6927.

Orchid Basics Workshop April 24, Sat, 9am-12pm. An open house-style workshop. Bring your own orchid for repotting for a small, $3-$6 fee. Free. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave. 217-546-4116.

Sound Scape April 24, Sat, 10-11am. Step away from the noise and enjoy time listening to the sounds of nature. Following a time of reflection and quiet, participants are invited to walk the trails. Part of the NEA Big Read: Sangamon County. Registration required by calling. Free. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road. 217-787-6927.

Prairie Days June 5, Sat. An open house with outdoor activities and events for the whole family, such as bird banding and tours with area experts highlighting birds, wetlands and flowers. Hosted by the Friends of Sangamon Valley and Monarch Landscaping and Garden Center. Free. Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, 9560 Withers Road, Loami. 217-525-1440.

The Butterfly Lady June 12, Sat, 10am-2pm. Rhonda Brady, who's on a mission to save the monarch butterflies, will pay a visit with her butterfly bus, a colorful classroom and greenhouse on wheels. See Elkhart's new native plant habitat at the village entrance. Event includes a mini pollinator pocket giveaway, craft tables and food vendors. Village of Elkhart, 209 Governor Oglesby St., Elkhart. 217-947-2083.

Sunset Tour June 13, Sun, 7pm. Experience the prairie as day fades to night and see the land conservation efforts of The Friends of the Sangamon Valley. An easy walk on mowed paths through the prairie. The nature center is air-conditioned and has restrooms. Led by FOSV director Vernon LaGesse. Free. Donations welcome. Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, 9560 Withers Road, Loami. 217-525-1410.