The Growing Place

We are proud to announce that both our children have joined us at The Growing Place and will be learning and growing with us. As many of you already know, Michael has been an integral part of The Growing Place for some years and Becca for about a year, learning the ins and outs of The Growing Place. Some of you have known them since they were little. If you have, be sure to stop by and tell them so!

We received many positive and helpful suggestions from last fall's customer survey. We value your input greatly and are implementing the advice where we can. Many of you mentioned our peaceful garden atmosphere. We love it too! Stop by often to experience their ever-changing beauty.

We’ve planned more activities and classes at our Naperville location.

We've added a Downton Abbey Flower Faire in July, a Beer and BBQ Day in August for our Growing Rewards members and…a monthly 'Garden to Table' culinary series featuring our favorite recipes and tips.

We've incorporated many kid friendly activities into our events and classes We've added more 'Make & Take' garden craft classes throughout the year. They have been a popular way for gardeners to add a little personality to their gardens.

Thank you and happy gardening!
Rich and Carol Massat

December 11, 2014

For Bird’s Sake

Cardinal in WinterWinter in Chicagoland is tough for birds. Three things are essential for survival of our feathered friends: food, water and shelter. Feeding birds in the winter is both humane and rewarding. In winter the natural vegetative food supply is either depleted or covered by snow, and insects are dormant. Unfrozen drinking water is scarce and shelter is limited to evergreens or manmade bird houses. Here’s what you can do to supply the essentials birds need to survive the rugged winter and at the same time provide you with backyard entertainment throughout the snowy months ahead. (more…)

November 20, 2014

Add Holiday Sparkle to Your Front Door

Wreath_BirchPoleFor over 3000 years, we have been hanging wreaths in our entry-ways and on the doors of our homes. Originally, garlands and wreaths were hung as a sign of victory and celebration after the athletic games, which eventually became The Olympics. Interestingly, wedding veils also stem from the same custom of celebration: they illustrate the woman’s status and pride. These types of traditions evolved into our hanging of wreaths for holidays — especially Christmas. Both wreaths and swags can lend welcoming seasonal flair to our front door. Wreaths are usually based on pre-made evergreen fir branches twisted and wired to a frame. Door swags are bundles of greens that hang downward.


November 13, 2014

It’s Time to Perk Up Your Porch with Some Color!

Container_3With the onset of plummeting temperatures, all of our pretty summer annuals have withered away, leaving our homes’ curb appeal sadly lacking. Between the cloudy gray days and the old brown leaves, it’s time to perk up our porches with some sparkle, fragrant greens and holiday color. (more…)

November 6, 2014

Incredi(ball), Amazing, Allium!

Allium giganteum

Allium giganteum

In the world of flower bulbs, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths get all the love but, don’t forget about show-stopping Allium. Also know as ornamental onions, Alliums are easy to grow and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The Growing Place has a selection of Allium bulbs which can be planted now and until the ground freezes. You’ll thank us next June when their ball-shaped flowers appear.

October 30, 2014

Winding Down in the Garden

Take me some place warm this winter!

Take me some place warm this winter!

We’ve had a couple of frosts, signs that gardening activity is winding down. But it’s not quite time to put away the garden tools and gas up the snow blower. Here are some recommendations for fall clean up to help you to prepare for the holidays and get a healthy start next spring. (more…)

October 23, 2014

Bring Bulbs into Bloom Early — Indoors

Amaryllis flower

Amaryllis flower

Forcing flower bulbs is a simple way to treat yourself to indoor fragrance and color throughout the winter and early spring. It sounds harsh but, in fact, you’re simply simulating the fall and winter outdoor conditions to “encourage” bulbs to bloom earlier.  (more…)

October 16, 2014

You Have Fall Gardening Questions, We Have Answers

panicumwinterTaking some time during the next several weeks to properly put your landscape, lawn and garden to bed for winter is the best way to ensure a great start to spring. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we get from you—our customers—this time of year. (more…)

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