"Growing trees is as much an art as it is a science." - Becky Thomas
"When you plant a tree, you plant a legacy," - Pepper Provanzano
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


We’re back from a great IGIA Summer Conference in St. Louis. The Illinois Green Industry Summer Conference was hosted by the Tosovsky family & Home Nursery, and they showed everyone a great time! Ann Tosovsky is now our new IGIA President, and we know she has lots of great things planned for our association. While at the Summer Conference, we stayed across the street from the new ballpark & were treated to a private tour & box seats for a game. Even though the Cardinals lost, we all had a great time (especially the Cubs fans!!!). We also toured Home Nursery, the Anheuser Busch Brewery, Hidden Lake Winery, & the Missouri Botanical Gardens. The Annual meeting for the IGIA was also held at the conference and we went over the new strategic plan for the upcoming years of the association. There are many great things going on in our industry and the IGIA is at the forefront in making many of them happen. Coming up later this summer will be a Green Roof tour in Chicago held in conjunction with the IGC Show at Navy Pier. We are looking forward to that – it looks like a great tour. Thanks again to Home Nursery for their hospitality & to the IGIA staff for all of their hard work!

With summer around the corner, baseball season is in full swing.  Jamie coaches our son’s baseball team on Saturday mornings.  The team name is The Green Team (not because we are in the Green Industry – it just worked out that way!)  We hope you are able to enjoy your summer weekends too!

Our 2009 Holding Yard is well stocked with a terrific variety of trees this season!  Check out our Photo Gallery to see pictures of each tree available in our holding yard.  Our trucks are busy delivering, and we are also available to load at hours conveinent to you.  Our trees are kept fresh in the Holding Yard using drip irrigation and regularly sprayed to keep them free of insects & disease.  We can hold trees for upcoming projects at no extra cost and deliver or load them when needed.  Please give us a call to schedule a tagging, loading, or delivery.  We also have a Holding Yard Price Advantage with great pricing on many tree varieties.  Call for more info.

Take advantage of special pricing on select varieties & sizes of trees from our well stocked Holding Yard this season.  Our Holding Yard Specials are effective beginning May 15 while stock lasts.  Give us a call or email for current availability & pricing.  We maintain an excellent holding yard all season & keep our trees fresh & looking great for your projects.  For projects coming up later in the season, we can hold your trees in our Holding Yard at no extra cost to you.  We also offer affordable delivery right to your jobsite, holding yard, or garden center.  The new Photo Gallery on our website features pictures of every tree available in our Holding Yard to help with your tree selection & purchasing decisions.  You can also sign up on our website for our Monthly E-Mail Availablility.  We look forward to growing for you!

We have extended our Field Direct Price Advantage Specials along with the Free Field Direct Delivery on fulls loads to May 15, 2009.  The wet weather & cool temps have really slowed everyone up this season, and because of that weather we are able to extend the window to ship field direct.  If you have projects later in the spring & during summer, don’t worry! We will be offering a Holding Yard Price Advantage on select varieties & sizes that we can offer very competitive pricing on.  We welcome you to take advantage of these great programs this season.  Give us a call or email for more info.

The great weather is finally allowing us to get back into the field to continue digging.  We should finish up deciduous digging tomorrow & move back into evergreen digging.  Our holding yard is coming together as well.  We have a beautiful selection of Flowering Crabs this spring that are all in full bloom now. 

We just finished our last Arbor Day planting this morning – 6 schools in the last three days! We had a great time at each one, and we enjoyed seeing how the different schools were teaching the kids about our environment.  Getting to spend time with kids on days like Arbor Day is a definite perk to being in the Green Industry! 

Luckily, we are almost finished with deciduous digging.  The rain is definitely slowing things up on the digging end, but it is great for the new trees that we just planted and for all of the evergreen trees left to dig.  We have been steadily loading out customers & delivering orders through the wet weather.  As we finish deciduous digging later this week, we will be moving on to evergreen digging.  Our Holding Yard is starting to take shape and we hope to have that ready in the next few weeks.  Now is a great time to take advantage of our Field Direct Prices which are good through the end of April.  We will have some great pricing as well on trees from the Holding Yard in May & June.  Those prices will be coming out soon.  In the mean time… let’s hope for sunny weather!