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Our designers feel like elves in Santa’s Workshop this time of year. Each has their own station in the greenhouse and endless creativity for custom designed holiday containers, swags, décor, and wreaths. Some of our designers are on the move, filling orders on location. One of our elves, Candy, is in the shop sharing her recipe here for making your own holiday wreath.

First, you will need the ingredients. We take pride in keeping you stocked with the freshest greens and fun décor. Come in and choose the look you want. We’ve found Fraser fir wreaths hold their needles best. Pick a size then decide what extras will make your design one of a kind. Candy has chosen a variety of greens, including arborvitae, variegate...

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Just when color begins to disappear from the landscape, the beautiful blooms of Christmas Cactus arrive! Shorter daylight hours and cooler temps actually induce blooming. Water the soil when it begins to feel dry, only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. Overwatering, insufficient light or relocating during bud development can cause buds to drop. The Christmas Cactus is easy to grow and makes a lovely addition to any home.

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Left: Lemon Cypress; Right: Norfolk Pine

Lemon Cypress Cone trees grown as houseplants also like cool indoor temperatures. A window with good sunlight is preferred, and turning the plant will help keep its uniform shape. Water when the soil is dry to the touch. Feel free to prune new growth if you want it to keep its juvenile form.

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We like the feel of winter with its starry nights and gatherings of friends in warm, cozy places. The whimsy and wonder in a new line of beautiful products featured in our Holiday Shops is worth artist recognition. The artist and writer of Eric & Eloise is Jessica Hiemstra. Carol and Becca Massat had the opportunity to speak with Jessica at the Atlanta Gift Show and are delighted to share her vision.

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As a designer for Accent Décor, Jessica’s inspiration for this line came from her childhood playing in Canadian forests, her own imagination, and Scandinavian folklore. She asked herself how she saw the magic in the holiday season and the story of Eric & Eloise was born. Jessica recently told us “I really believe that if we can't imagine, we can't have empathy. And without empathy we can't build a kinder world. For our world to be kind we need to accept each other, and learn to listen, and be willing to change how we think, and even how we feel.”

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Fall is a whirlwind of dazzling color, cooler temps and sharing gratitude with family and friends. Our late blooming mums are just beginning to burst and pair well with ornamental cabbages and kales, pumpkins and gourds for hostess gifts or your own curb appeal. There is still time to slow down, enjoy the season and properly put your landscape, lawn and garden to bed for winter. To help you prep, our most frequently asked questions are answered here.

What can I do with all the leaves in my yard?

Fallen tree leaves make great garden mulch. Use your mower or a shredder to chop leaves up to the size of your thumbnail or smaller. Leaf mulch can insulate roses, be added to a compost pile, used as garden mulch in landscape beds, incorporated into edible garden beds and spread thinly on the...

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Trees and shrubs define the lines, shade and screening of landscape design. Trees placed in the right place can provide shade for a home, create a barrier against winter winds and reduce soil erosion. The Growing Place researches and provides top choices for varieties that are proven to perform well in our area. The advantages of planting trees in the fall include:

Cooler temperatures and warm soil allow for vigorous root development

Less sunlight and shorter days provide moisture in the soil

Fall plantings will be more established and bloom on schedule the following year

Eric Gundersen, TGP Nursery Manager reminds us that “There is growth happening below ground even though it may look dormant above ground.” Trees can be planted ...

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Why keep plants indoors? They make a lovely addition to any home! Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, just what you need when you are cooped up all winter. Houseplants can help provide better air quality and can increase the humidity when the air is dry. Besides looking good, there is scientific evidence that they make us feel good, so why not have a few houseplants? Here are tips on taking care of the 10 easy care varieties we currently carry in our gift shop.

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1. Fiddle Leaf Fig Ficus – The big, violin-shaped leaves of this houseplant are seen on the pages of magazines. Keep in bright, consistent light, preferably a sunny window. Turn the plant once it starts to lean towards the window. Water when the soil is dry to the touch.

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It’s no secret we take care to offer a large variety of mums each fall. Priced economically and available in many sizes, the mums keep our Annual Department hopping with activity as they replace what quickly sells from the shelves. But do you know what goes into providing over 10,000 mums to our customers this year?

That’s right! We grew approximately 6,700 10-inch mums, 2,000 8-inch mums and 2,000 4-inch mums at our Aurora location. Last fall we listened to customers, researched what sold, and replaced upright varieties with naturally round varieties. The mums started off as vegetative plugs that we cared for in the greenhouses during May. In June, we planted the 8- and 10-inch sizes in the field and the 4-inch in the greenho...

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Fall is a great time to plant. Trees, shrubs, and perennials have time to develop their root system before the winter freeze. When the soil is warm and the air is cooler, adding to your garden is easier on the plants and the gardener. Here are some great choices for autumn color in stock now.

Three foliage trees featured are the Red Oak, Columnar Hornbeam and Maples. The Red Oak (Quercus rubra) stands stately as a lawn or street tree, turning red in the fall. With a medium to fast growth rate, this native is also disease resistant. The Columnar Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is wonderful for screens, hedges, and groupings with leaves of yellow gold in fall. Maple (Acer) varieties range in color from pale yellow to brilliant orange and crimso...

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If you can plant hope and joy, bulbs are the answer. These structures of plants store nutrients to ensure the plants' survival after a period of dormancy. Fall planted bulbs bring the first colors of spring, some popping up through the snow as new life. Plants from bulbs tend to be perennial, coming up year after year. Here are a few varieties that are more resistant to deer, rabbits, and squirrels.

Allium is an ornamental onion, often purchased in spring and summer as a plant for its height along the back of a border or its versatility in a cutting garden. Bulbs are fun to plant, and since allium comes in many varieties and is easy to grow, it is a favorite among gardeners of all ages. Children will enjoy comparing heights with Allium Gl...

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Beets

Depending on how large you like your beets, they are ready any time you can see the beet shoulders above the soil line. Plant before the end of August.

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Broccoli

Harvest when the buds in the head are about the size of a match head. Plant before the end of August.

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Cabbage

The head will feel solid when gently squeezed. Plant before the end of August.

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Carrots

It can be hard to judge when to pick your carrots. When the diameter of the carrot at the soil looks to be right for the variety you planted, pick one to check the length. Plant before mid-September.

Cauliflower

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Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

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Naperville, IL 60563

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November 1 - December 23

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Sunday: 11am-4pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day
November 22

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