"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.

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!

Our new Photo Gallery is up & running!  We are still working on adding more pictures, and we plan to update it regularly as the season goes on.  Eventually, we hope to have pictures of every tree that we grow in each season in the field and ready for sale in the holding yard.  We will also be adding pictures of the key tree features and shots of the tree mature in the landscape.  We would like our gallery to be a helpful tool in tree selection & purchasing decisions for our customers.  As soon as our 2009 Holding Yard is assembled we will have pictures of every tree available in each tree folder. Enjoy!

Don’t forget Arbor Day coming up later this month!  Arbor Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 24th this spring across the US.  We are expanding our local Arbor Day Program to include 9 local elementary schools in Grundy County.  We are looking forward to planting trees with 2nd graders & teaching them about the benefits of trees.  Look for some pictures soon from some of our Arbor Day plantings.