Category: Chicago Garden Centers

[UPDATE] A trip to Platt Hill Nursery Reminds us of Chicago's Gang Problem.

[UPDATE] A trip to Platt Hill Nursery Reminds us of Chicago's Gang Problem.
Recently, I heard that a suburban garden center was planning on doing some marketing in the city to entice gardeners in Chicago to visit their garden center. I posted about this on a social media site because I thought it was unlikely that city gardeners would travel all the way to the northern suburbs for... Read more »

Where to buy Seeds for your Vegetable or Ornamental Garden in Chicago

Starting a garden from seed is the most inexpensive way to get started in gardening. Whether you want to start an ornamental garden or a vegetable garden to grow some of your own food, nothing beats growing from seed. Chicago’s garden centers carry an assortment of seeds from some of the most popular seed catalogs... Read more »

Lets "Grow Together" with One Seed Chicago

Get 2010 off to a great start by growing together with One Seed Chicago. One Seed Chicago is a project of NeighborSpace, Chicago’s land trust for community gardens. Every year One Seed Chicago puts three seeds up for a vote, Chicagoans vote for their favorite and the winning seed is sent to them for free... Read more »

Where to Buy Cacti in Chicago

Winter is a pretty good time to get into the collecting and growing cacti and succulent plants around Chicago. Pretty soon they’ll start to fill stores with outdoor furniture, potting soil, planters, spring flowers and bulbs. Before that happens there is a small window of opportunity for plant lovers who like collecting the weirdly shaped... Read more »

Garden Center Tree Buying Tips by U of I Extension

I came across this video by the U of I Extension of horticulturist Greg Stack giving a quick guide to selecting trees at a garden center to plant this fall in your garden or landscape. The highlights: Thinking about how big the tree will grow, will it obstruct utility wires? Does the tree flower &... Read more »

Chicago Gardener Events September '09

September 2nd: Planting Cool Season Crops at the Garfield Park Conservatory Classroom. The classroom is located to the left when you enter the lobby next to the gift shop. You don’t need to pre-register for the program that starts at 6:30 pm. A $5.00 donation per person is suggested. For more info contact Kelly Katzmann... Read more »

One Seed Chicago Show & Tell

It is time for the One Seed Chicago Show & Tell. One Seed Chicago is asking that all of you participants and bean growers send in photos of your largest beans, creative bean support structures and anything else related to One Seed Chicago or growing beans. Submissions must be photo or video that can be... Read more »

Independent Garden Center Show: Garden Pots

If you were a buyer for an independent garden center and you were in the market for large pots and modern, indoor and outdoor planters for the Gen Y crowd the Independent Garden Center Show 2009 was an embarrassment of riches. I couldn’t believe the size of some of these pots, they were large enough... Read more »

Independent Garden Center Show 2009

Today was the first day of the Independent Garden Center Show 2009 at Navy Pier. It is a trade show were plant growers and manufacturers and distributors of all kinds of gardening items come to display their best to buyers, the independent garden centers across America. The show is not open to the public, but... Read more »

Sprout Home Plant Sale '09

Stopped by Sprout Home’s plant sale yesterday to see what kind of deals they had. Here is what I discovered: Herbs 50% offSummer Annuals 75%Trees and Shrubs 25%-50% off70 of their larger trees are 50% offPerennials 25% offOutdoor gardening tools 25% off The dwarf conifers and evergreens at 25% off are probably the best deal... Read more »