"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

Winter 2018 Events

Some great green industry events are coming up that you will find Spring Grove Nursery at!

InVigorateU 2018 Jan 15-16 Normal

Many of you have attended this educational event in the past and have felt it was a worthwhile time spent learning alongside fellow green industry colleagues. The line up of speakers this year looks to be interesting & relevant for our industry. I hope to see many of you there again! Register now online!

iLandscape 2018 Jan 31-Feb 2 Schaumburg

We will be at Booth #1111 at the iLandscape Show this year. Please stop by and visit us! 

13th Annual Chuck Tosovsky Tribute Dinner Jan 30 Glen Ellyn

The annual Chuck Tosovsky Tribute Dinner is held in conjunction with the iLandscape Show. This year’s honoree is Jim Martin from Martin & Associates.  The proceeds from the event will go to support public policy efforts for the green industry in IL.  Again, I hope to see many of your there to support our industry and our association.

We hope to see you at some of these Green Industry events this winter!

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Eastern Redbud

With clear sunny weather ahead we are in full swing of digging, loading and planting in the nursery! We were able to get our new crop of liners planted over several days last week. Click here for more about our 2017 Tree Planting.

We hope to wrap up deciduous digging by the end of this week. As we are digging, we are also bringing in trees from the field to our loading area and our holding yard. Once those trees are in from the field, we will start evergreen digging. The rains earlier this month slowed us up a bit, but it has dried out nicely now and the spring field work is going well. We actually wouldn’t mind some more rain now to settle in our newly planted trees!

Pictured here are some beautiful Eastern Redbud in full bloom. We have a nice selection of ornamentals flowering now like Ornamental Pear, Witchhazel, Serviceberry, and Little Twist Cherry. Spring is in the air!

If you have projects coming up that you need trees for this spring, now is the time to get your order in. Please don’t hesitate to call. Thanks & have a great spring!

We have lots of beautiful spring blooms popping up around the nursery! Here are some pics from the holding yard of our flowering trees ready to go!

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Little Twist Cherry Blooms
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Vernal Witchhazel Blooms
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Eastern Redbud
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Little Twist Cherry
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Cleveland Select Pear

  • UPDATED LINKS FROM THE ILANDSCAPE PRESENTATION FEB 3, 2017
  • Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt Nursery & Dr. Bert Cregg, Michigan State University

Current climate projections suggest that the climate of the Great Lakes Region could resemble that of present-day Oklahoma by the latter part of this century. Drought, severe heat waves, torrential rains and floods, long-lasting winter snows and other severe weather events make it clear that our changing climate demands significant changes in urban forestry planting palettes and management practices. Learn about research that is helping to identify trees that can acclimate to climate change and how to apply research to your efforts to ensure future urban forest health by selecting and growing broadly adapted, resilient trees.

PRESENTATION UPDATE: Please see the links below to details from the presentation. Dr. Bert Cregg began the talk by sharing his research about the changing climate & how trees acclimate. Nancy Buley followed up by identifying trees that J. Frank Schmidt Nursery grows which have demonstrated successful acclimation in the landscape. Nancy highlighted 34 trees they have selected as superior for our changing climate in the Midwest. At Spring Grove Nursery, we grow almost all of the trees Nancy identified as well-suited for the Chicagoland area. For more info about the trees featured click these links below:

LINK TO PRESENTATION HANDOUT

LINK TO POWER POINT PRESENTATION

Trees we grow at Spring Grove Nursery referenced in the presentation:

  • Redpointe Maple
  • Crimson Sunset Maple
  • Northern Catalpa
  • Prairie Sentinel Hackberry
  • Yellowwood
  • Turkish Hazel
  • Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Emerald City Tulip Tree
  • White Shield Osage Orange
  • Royal Raindrops Crabapple
  • Afterburner Tupelo
  • Exclamation! Planetree
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Crimson Spire Oak
  • American Dream Oak
  • Urban Pinnacle Oak
  • Heritage Oak
  • Cobblestone Oak
  • Streetspire Oak
  • Beacon Oak
  • Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress
  • Emerald Sunshine Elm

 

Tree Digging

Spring has arrived at Spring Grove Nursery! We are in the full swing of digging & planting now. The digging season started a few weeks earlier then normal. the warm temps had ornamentals & many shade trees on the move. Luckily, the weather has been cooperating & we have been able to stay ahead of the buds popping out. Many ornamentals are now beginning to leaf out so the dig window has closed on them. We are done digging species like Crab, Serviceberry, Cherry, Hawthorn, Redbud, Dogwood, Witchhazel, Pear, Cherry, & Lilac. But don’t worry! We dug extras besides our orders so that we can have some nice specimens above ground for the holding yard.

We also began receiving our new liners & planting them into the nursery.  All of the new liners have come in now. We planted about half last week & we hope to finish up this week. We will have a beautiful new crop in the field for future orders!

As we continue digging, we will also start shipping soon. We will begin to pull the trees in from the field to our loading area & our Holding Yard. If you have projects coming up that you need trees for this spring, now is the time to get your order in. Please don’t hesitate to call. Thanks & have a great spring!

Roots to Reality Timeline

In this article we want to highlight our Roots to Reality panel that Becky Thomas recently participated in at the iLandscape Show in February. The panel hosted by the OGA featured a diverse cross section of the green industry. We tackled some tough issues & had a vibrant discussion on many topics. One of the resources we featured was a handout showing the Timeline of a Tree. You can click on the pic to the side of this article for a look. It is a handy resource to help understand all of the stages & cooperation that go into bringing a tree from the research/idea stage through production.  Our flyer features Exclamation London Planetree as the example to illustrate. Thanks to the folks at Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects for putting the flyer together!

Roots-to-RealityThe Ornamental Grower’s Association is proud to present “Roots to Reality” as part of the education track at the iLandscape Show. As an OGA member & grower, Becky Thomas will be moderating this exciting panel of experts from around the Green Industry.

“Diversity” in the Green Industry is a hot button topic right now. But it doesn’t only apply to plants. The Green Industry is unique in that the different segments of our profession each add their own “diverse” part of the process. When a project comes together successfully in the end, the result is a beautiful & thriving landscape.  But how do we get from Point A to Point B? How do the different parts of our industry work together to make plants that flourish. What works, what doesn’t? 

As a member of the Ornamental Grower’s Association we are excited to host this “diverse” panel of experts who each specialize in bringing quality plants successfully into quality landscapes. Join our panelists:

  • Researcher Kris Bachtell, Morton Arboretum
  • Liner Grower Guy Meacham, J. Frank Schmidt Nursery
  • OGA Grower Laurie Damgaard, Kaneville Tree Farms
  • Forester Peter Gordon, City of Lake Forest
  • Principal/Horticulturalist John Evans, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
  • Moderator Becky Thomas, Spring Grove Nursery

We look forward to bringing you a lively discussion on how all of these diverse specialties work together to create plants the thrive in our landscape.