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There is nothing better than enjoying the fruits of your labor. Whether you are new to growing your own herbs, vegetables, and fruit or have been eating home grown tomatoes for years, we salute you for getting back to the basics and growing your own produce. This week, Gail, our Gardener in Aurora, is harvesting snow peas and root vegetables, such as beets, turnips, carrots, and onions. Those will be tasty on the grill! She also has the makings for a healthy salad with cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, and kale. You can experiment with herbs by making a herb vinaigrette using your own parsley, basil, thyme or cilantro.

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As a child, Betty, Perennial Team Lead in Naperville, helped her mom with her flower gardens. She's always enjoyed nature and wildlife. “I lived in a wooded area and there was a lot of wildlife, birds, and pollinators,” said Betty. “I just started buying plants for them. They do come if you put the plants out there.”

At TGP we have a wide variety of annuals and perennials that will provide color through the seasons and attract the bees, birds, and butterflies to your garden. These are some of our favorites to get you started.

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Since the rise of downy mildew on traditional bedding impatiens, there have been several developments in breeding varieties that are resistant to the mildew.

So what kinds of impatiens are available that are resistant to downy mildew? We carry 4 different kinds that are resistant and will give you bold color in the shade (and even in partial sun!)

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Happiest in partial shade to shade, the bold flowers of the New Guinea Impatiens are great additions to your garden. These 5-petal rounded flowers and pointy green leaves hold a mound form and will light up the dark. Magnify your borders, containers and hanging baskets through mid-Fall with these showy beauties. Magnum New Guinea Impatiens are just like regular New Guineas but with enormous flowers.

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It's bare root tree time again! Bare root trees are a great 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. They are also lightweight and much easier to handle. And the best reason of all – bare root trees typically 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 spring 2018.

Read our blog on how to plant bare root trees.

Call 630-355-4000 to reserve your tree before March 31 for preorder pricing. Full payment is d...

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Did you know that there are several trees and shrubs that you can force blooms if you bring some branches inside? Their buds are similar to bulbs because they need a period of dormancy before they bloom. Once you bring them inside they will come out of dormancy in about 2-3 weeks. Since we are smack dab in the middle of February most trees and shrubs have had enough cold temps and will bloom once you warm them up inside.

Right now is also a great time to prune some of your deciduous trees and shrubs. When you prune, you want to remove any crossing branches and old or diseased wood. Prune the unwanted branches on an angle right where it intersects with another branch. Do not leave a stub. They can become an entry point for insects and dise...

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Last night's little bit of frost reminds us that winter is on its way and it's time to bring in or protect all the items in the garden that can’t handle our winters. Our bluebirds and mushrooms all need to be tucked safely inside until next spring as well as any glazed, ceramic birdbaths you may have.

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Fall is officially upon us and many people don’t want to say goodbye to their beautiful plants. Luckily there are many options that will help you bring your garden in during these upcoming cold months. While we offer many container and wreath decorations in our Holiday Shop, there is a handful of things you can do on your own that will bring some green into your home! Here are 5 ways that you can bring your garden indoors this holiday season.

1. (Annual) Plants to Bring Indoors

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There are some annual container plants that can continue growing indoors. However, there are a few guidelines that need to be taken into account before bringing your pots inside.

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Growing garlic is easy! It's just like planting bulbs. You want to plant them in the fall and then you will be able to harvest your plants in late spring/early summer. Here's what you need to know about garlic and planting it. First, there are two types of garlic, hardneck and softneck.

What is a hardneck garlic?

This type of bulb produces a central coiled stiffer stalk with undeveloped flowers on top. Most of these types of garlic form 4 to 8 cloves. They are more pungent with subtle notes and are considered to have more ‘gourmet’ or complex flavors. Hardneck garlic does not store as well as softneck but it is hardier in our zone.

What is a softneck garlic?

Softneck garlic has larger heads with 12-20 small cloves and no central stalk. You can braid the foliage to store. The leave...

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Want to learn how to make those beautiful succulent pumpkins our Container Design Team have been putting together this fall season? Well look no further, we have a simple step by step guide to making your new favorite fall decoration.

Pumpkin + Succulent = Pump-culent!

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Supplies you will use for this project:

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Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

 

 

Summer Hours

July 1 - October 31

Monday - Friday: 9am-6pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

 

Closed July 4th

 

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right plants in right places.