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Early Access Shopping for the Arbor Day Plant Sale

Members shopping for plants under a big tent

Can’t wait for great plants? Be among the first to shop at the Arboretum’s Arbor Day Plant Sale! Arboretum members will have a special opportunity to be the early birds at this spectacular sale when it opens on Friday, April 26, 2019.


  • Starting at 8:00 a.m., 325 shoppers who have purchased special tickets will have the sale to themselves before it opens to all members at 9:30 a.m.

Only 325 Early Access tickets will be sold beginning Monday, April 1. Ticket sales are first come, first served. You must be an Arboretum member, with a valid membership number, to buy tickets.


$25.00 member

Limit two tickets per member household. No refunds.

  • Each ticket can be exchanged at the door for a voucher worth $10.00 toward purchases at the plant sale. 

  • Early Access Shopping ticket sales and timed ticket sales for Arboretum members will open Monday, April 1.


Registration Information

BY PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center Information Desk during open hours.

ONLINE: Online ticket sales will open Monday, April 1. 


  • Early Access Shopping is open only to members. At entry, each shopper must present an Early Access Shopping ticket and a valid membership card. There will be no refunds for late arrivals.

  • Other ticket-holders will be admitted at 9:30 a.m., but Early Access Shopping ticket-holders can continue to shop. 

Can’t get an Early Access Shopping ticket? Member-only shopping with timed tickets begins on Friday, April 26 at 9:30 a.m. for those with tickets for that time slot. Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions about the Arbor Day Plant Sale.