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

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…)

October 9, 2014

Spring Beauty with Bulbs



Flowers from hardy bulbs are welcomed harbingers of spring, often sprouting through late winter snow. But I am getting ahead of myself. Beautiful spring, summer and autumn flowers from bulbs are the result of planning and planting in the fall. And what a magnificent variety of types and colors are available at The Growing Place. Simply follow these instructions for easy, goof-proof and colorful results. (more…)

October 2, 2014

Fall Garden Projects for a Head Start in Spring

WiltPrufThe geese are on the wing and leaves are turning — it’s time to begin preparing for winter. Here are some of the garden and landscape projects you might do this time of year that will help you get off to a good start next spring. (more…)

September 25, 2014

Creating and Enjoying the Multi-Season Garden


This week our calendars reminded us that summer has given way to autumn. This is a good time to take stock of your landscape and consider planting perennials, trees and shrubs that will provide you with multi-season interest. And by that we don’t mean just color, but also form and texture, movement and even food and shelter for wildlife all year long. (more…)

September 18, 2014

Bare Root Trees for Fall 2014


Bare root trees are a easy way to buy and plant your trees. According to a study at Cornell University bare root trees have 200% more roots than their balled-and-burlapped cousins because of the way they are harvested. Also, bare root trees are lightweight and much easier to handle. And the best reason of all–bare-root trees perform better. Because they don’t have dirt on their roots they settle into the soil with less transition problems. If you are thinking about adding a tree to your garden, take a look at our bare root tree selections for 2014. Stop in to our Tree & Shrub department to order while supplies last. A 50% deposit is required to order. Trees will arrive the end of October or first week of November. (more…)

Time to Kiss Your Ash Goodbye

Left: Emerald Ash Borer Right: Damage from larvae

Left: Adult Emerald Ash Borer
Right: Damage from larvae

So you’ve finally given up hope that your ash tree(s) will miraculously recover from the damage inflicted by the dreaded emerald ash borer and you’re ready to replace trees. Fortunately, there are many excellent non-susceptible choices for northern Illinois municipalities and homeowners, and fall is a good time to plant most varieties. Before we get to that, let’s learn a little about the culprit responsible for attacking our beloved native ash trees which, according to The Morton Arboretum, made up about 18% of the street trees in the Chicagoland region.   (more…)

September 11, 2014

Decorating Ideas for Fall Into Winter

Square wreath created using Bittersweet and preserved leaves

Square wreath created using Bittersweet and preserved leaves

As summer gives way to autumn, Nature graces us with her own unique color palette with which to create: shades of red, gold, yellow, orange and brown.  With your summer annual plants running out of steam and perennials cycling out of bloom, consider all the possibilities for bringing cheerful, fresh color into and around your home. Whether your goal is to keep it simple or you prefer to deck your halls, The Growing Place has a wide variety of plants, containers and decorative elements available to help you celebrate the seasons and welcome your guests during the fall and winter. (more…)

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