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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

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…)

May 8, 2014

Easy Containers for All Seasons

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In this sun combination: Geranium ‘Neon Tango’, Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ Perilla ‘Magilla’, and Dianella tasmanica

When it comes to decorating your yard, not everything needs to be planted in the ground. Add drama and personality to your patio, porch or gardens any season of the year with containers. Containers are an easy way to get started gardening because it’s scalable. Start out small with one or two containers and then keep adding to your collection as you get more and more ambitious.

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May 1, 2014

Homegrown Tomatoes—Tips for Success

tomatoes2The only thing better than growing your own tomatoes, is eating them. Homegrown tomatoes are one of the pleasures of summer and with a little TLC you and your family can enjoy fresh, mouth-watering tomatoes from mid-summer to first frost.

This year the key is to be patient. Spring is 2-3 weeks behind so the soil temperature is still too cold for heat-loving plants like tomatoes. They do best when soil temperature is above 60 degrees.

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April 10, 2014

Saving Time (and Sanity) in the Garden

redchaircroppedWe love vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees, but we may not love the time it takes to maintain them. To truly enjoy your garden this year, take a little time to think about your expectations for your yard and what you want to get out of it.

Planning Edibles

If you’re doing a vegetable patch, grow the crops your family likes best. This way you’re not spending precious time and resources on food that goes uneaten. Decide what to start from seed and what to purchase as plants. If your family loves salads, plan on starting new crops of quick-growing lettuces from seed every couple of weeks for a fresh supply. For crops that take longer to ripen, like tomatoes, sometimes it’s worth it to begin with plants so you get fruit sooner. Love herbs for cooking? Herbs are undemanding in the garden and many do well in containers. Place them right outside your kitchen door or near the grill for easy harvesting. Most herbs are rabbit resistant, so they can be excellent groundcover options or planted throughout your beds. (more…)

January 21, 2014

Winter Reflections

Sedum in snow

Sedum in snow

Wendy Ory, Trees & Shrubs Assistant Manager

I was enjoying my coffee this morning, sitting in a sunny window, marveling at the beauty of the glistening new snow.  The snow clung to little red crabapples and parchment colored hydrangea flowers and ornamental grasses. Evergreens in shades of blue, green and yellow stood out against the pure whiteness.  And then I started to dream…the green heads of the little snowdrops planted by my south facing deck will be pushing up toward the warming sun once this snow melts.  (more…)

September 5, 2013

Have You Seen the Air Plants?

tillandsiaWhat are those nifty spidery plants? Air plants or tillandsia, have invaded! We love these plants for their funky form and carefree maintenance. These elegant little bromeliads make great additions to offices, dorm rooms, living rooms or just about any indoor space with bright indirect light. You can mount them on bark, cork, and rock, or hang them with fishing line to create a unique look. They can be tucked into shells, glass globes, ceramic holders or almost anything you have around the house. Try them on place settings or in centerpieces. Let your imagination take wing! (more…)

June 19, 2013

Add Summer Color to Your Garden

party pots3Does your garden become a wall of green later in the summer? Add drama with colorful containers, garden art or painted garden furniture. Experiment and move your pieces during the season to highlight a spectacular plant, hide a bare spot, or create a focal point. Many garden accents can be left out year round for four-season interest. (more…)

May 2, 2013

Grow Great Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Spring has finally arrived and our thoughts are turning to fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes. This cold, wet spring, means that soil and air temperatures are still cool, especially at night. Tomatoes are tropical plants and do best when soil is above 60 degrees. We have already seen several frosts, and our typical frost free date is around mid-May. The Growing Place staff recommends waiting to plant tomatoes in the ground until after that time and to protect plants from temperatures below 45° F. Cool temperatures will stunt tomato growth (more…)

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