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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

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. Order by 10/12/14 or 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…)

September 4, 2014

Reflections on the Fall Garden

A pink mum hides behind the plumes of Pennisetum 'Red Head'

A pink mum hides behind the plumes of Pennisetum ‘Red Head’

September is a pivotal month in the garden because you are planting, starting preparations for winter and at the same time setting the stage for next spring. Mary Saba, Landscape Designer at The Growing Place, points out “it’s an excellent time to reflect on the current garden and make plans. Walk around your yard and gardens making notes. Even better, take pictures. It’s a great way to plan for this fall’s and next spring’s gardening activities.” (more…)

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…)

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