"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

Although Jamie does make a great “Tree Model” in most of our nursery pictures, I am referring to the “long & lean” tree varieties in these pictures. For projects that require a narrow specimen, consider these two great choices. 

The Crimson Spire Oak is a J. Frank Schmidt Nursery introduction. It melds the best characteristics of its White & English Oak heritage to produce a fast growing, hardy, columnar tree that’s a great fit for streetscapes & landscape settings. With a mature size of around 45′ tall x 15′ wide it makes a great accent plant or livnig hedge.  This tree had grown very well for us in the nursery and has proven to be one of our quicker growing oak varieties.  You can read more about it on the tree’s very own website here.  We have some beautiful 2″ & 2.5″ specimens ready to dig next spring.

Another attractive upright tree specimen is the Pyramidal European Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’.  This tree will end up wider that the Crimson Spire Oak reaching a mature size of about 35′ tall x 25′ wide.  The tree is very drought resistant with few disease & pest problems.  In the nursery, it has grown moderately fast for us and we are looking forward to harvesting some nice 2″ & 2.5″ specimens this spring.

 

We are proud to annouce our 3rd Annual Green Legacy Project™ this fall in Grundy County.  

Trees provide value to our communities in many ways.  From providing habitat for wildlife, to shading our homes, to producing oxygen for our environment, or beautifying our landscape – trees add to the quality of life we all experience.  The simple act of planting a tree can bring many benefits to a community for years to come.  

 The Green Legacy Project™ began in the Fall of 2007.  A huge success the past two years, the project will continue this fall.  Through the project, Spring Grove Nursery will donate one tree each to 20 local communities in and around Grundy County.  Each community will get a large balled & burlapped tree delivered to their town this fall.  The trees will be picked from varieties suitable for urban conditions that will also beautify the landscape. The nursery looks forward to continuing the project for many years to come.

Communities invited to receive the free tree are Morris, Mazon, Kinsman, Odell, Coal City, Braceville, East Brooklyn, Channahon, Minooka, Carbon Hill, Seneca, Wilmington, Gardner, Verona, Braidwood, Grand Ridge, Diamond, South Wilmington, Dwight, & Godley. Many small towns around the county do not have large budgets to add trees to their landscapes every year.  Spring Grove Nursery is proud to be able to contribute these trees through their Green Legacy Project™.

We harvested our first crop of grapes last weekend from our vineyard on our family farm.  Becky’s brother planted a 2 acre vineyard 3 seasons ago, and we got the first sizeable crop this year.  We harvested enough white wine grapes to get a batch started in the Wine Pod (a very cool machine that makes wine).  The variety is Lacrosse, which should make a nice light white wine – we’ll see how it turns out!  In the two days from when we decided the grapes were ready to pick & we actually picked them, all of the red wine grapes were eaten by birds.  So unfortunately no red wine this year!  Pictured below are the Concord grapes we picked & made into juice & jelly.  It was a fun day with everyone in the family pitching in to pick & crush the grapes.  We are looking forward to our own Spring Grove Nursery label soon!

We have seen tremendous growth in the field this summer due to the mild temps & regular rainfall.  As a result, we have another great crop of trees ready to dig!  We will be marking down our Above Ground stock to make room for new material, and we are also putting together some great Field Direct Specials on newly dug trees.  Our new Fall Specials will be available soon, and customers on our mailing list or Monthly E-Mail availability will be getting them shortly. If you are not already signed up, you can do so on our website.  You can also see what trees we have available this fall by clicking on the Availability page of our website.  We are looking forward to a very busy fall!

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.