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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

August 28, 2014

Welcome Fall with Color

Mum_OpenNature treats us to a splendid display of vivid colors in autumn.  Leaves on our trees and shrubs signal the coming winter by turning shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. Although your gardening season is winding down it is far from over. Extend the flowering season throughout September and into October by planting and decorating with flowering plants that can brighten your yard and gardens until the first hard frost and beyond. (more…)

August 21, 2014

Going Native

Goldfinch Prairie in Aurora

Goldfinch Prairie in Aurora

Native plants continue to grow in popularity among gardeners, and right now is a good time to plant them so that they can get established before winter. Most people think of their gardens as an expression of beauty; only recently are gardeners considering the impact their personal landscapes have on preserving and promoting wildlife. Native plants provide food and shelter for native wildlife both great and small in a world where both are diminishing commodities. (more…)

August 14, 2014

Shining a Spotlight on Perennial Ornamental Grasses

grassOrnamental grasses are as versatile and beautiful as they are diverse. The diversity of size, form and habit make them suitable for a great variety of ornamental uses, both in landscapes and containers. Perennial grasses also provide a wide range of colors and textures and create interest in all seasons. “Now is the perfect time to plant perennial ornamental grasses in the landscape so that they can become established before the winter,” says Joannie Rocchi, Retail Perennial Manager at the Growing Place-Aurora, and 24-year staff member of the garden center. Grasses are easy care plants that tolerate a wide range of light and soil conditions. They respond and grow in response to temperature. There are two basic types of grasses: cool season and warm season. (more…)

August 7, 2014

It’s Tomato Time!

tomatoes2You planted them, watered them, fertilized them and now it’s time to harvest them! Nothing matches the taste of vine-ripened, home-grown tomatoes. But what do you do when you have an over abundance? We’ve put together some recommendations for harvesting, holding, storing, as well as suggestions for pairing tomatoes with fresh grown herbs. If you’ve stored and eaten as many as humanly possible, we also have a few suggestions on where you can donate your surplus garden harvest.
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July 31, 2014

The AMPQ’s of Hydrangea

hydrangeasHydrangea are the belle of the summer garden, providing splashes of color at a time when few other shrubs are in flower. These are not your grandmother’s Hydrangea. In recent years plant breeders around the world have been focusing their efforts on creating new varieties. Their work has resulted in colors, flower types, growth habits and garden performance that were unheard of a generation ago. Several species make up the genus Hydrangea and within each species there are many distinct varieties. (more…)

July 24, 2014

Growing and Knowing Succulents

succulents_2Succulent plants are hot! That is to say, succulents are both popular and thrive in hot, dry conditions. Technically, succulents are any plants that have thick, fleshy leaves, stems and roots adapted to store moisture. This includes plants from places on the planet that never get really cold, and those from more temperate regions that go dormant in the winter and emerge in spring. Regardless of their origin and type succulents have bold and diverse foliage forms and colors, and are easy to grow requiring little maintenance—key elements for achieving impressive gardening results and success. (more…)

July 17, 2014

Enjoying Backyard Bouquets

Flowers in pictured bouquet:
Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’
Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’
Coreopsis ‘Star Cluster’
Nepeta
Calamintha ‘Montrose White’
Lilium ‘Star Gazer’
Echinacea ‘Raspberry Truffle’
Zinnia 'Magellan Pink'

Flowers in pictured bouquet:
 Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ 
Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’
 Coreopsis ‘Star Cluster’ 
Nepeta 
Calamintha ‘Montrose White’ 
Lilium ‘Star Gazer’ 
Echinacea ‘Raspberry Truffle’ 
Zinnia ‘Magellan Pink’

There’s nothing more satisfying than creating bouquets from plants grown in your own landscape and gardens. This time of year there is an abundance of perennial and annual blooms and foliage that can brighten your indoor home décor. This article only scratches the surface, bouquets can also be made with trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses and bulbs. Stroll your garden with a pair of sharp scissors and exercise your creativity. Here are a few suggested annual and perennial plants you may already have in your garden, or may want to add now for next year. (more…)

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