When Emma started Emma's Perennials in 1936, perennials were field-grown and dug up when customers wanted them. She was one of only three perennial growers in the entire Chicago area. It was this beginning that inspired Rich Massat to take on the task of restoring Emma's Perennials—now The Growing Place—in 1973.
Since then we have expanded our perennial selections to include almost 2000 varieties, and each year many new selections are introduced to the collection. Current selections include close to 250 native plants, vines, ferns, ornamental grasses, succulents, groundcovers, rain garden and miniature plants. Many of these are grown at our Aurora location. Gardeners at heart, we plant perennials in the Learning Gardens at each location so you can see first-hand what they may look like in your own garden.