"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

Becky is proud to represent the IGIA as the new president for this upcoming year. Please join us in making IGIA a great association for our green industry here in Illinois!

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New IGIA President Becky Thomas presents out going President Mark McWilliams with his plaque.
New IGIA President Becky Thomas presents out going President Mark McWilliams with his plaque.

IGIA President

The IGIA Summer Conference was a huge hit! It was fun to resurrect this old tradition and spend time with IGIA friends & colleagues.  Below are some fun pics from the event. Make sure to join us next summer in Galena!

 

 

 
New IGIA President Becky Thomas presents out going President Mark McWilliams with his plaque.
New IGIA President Becky Thomas presents out going President Mark McWilliams with his plaque.
 
Nursery gals Allyson Hoffmeyer, Laurie Damgaard and Becky Thomas
Nursery gals Allyson Hoffmeyer, Laurie Damgaard and Becky Thomas
Biking to Warren Dunes for a picnic
Biking to Warren Dunes for a picnic
Evening Dinner with Friends
Evening Dinner with Friends
Local Wineries
Local Wineries
Juni's cheerful artwork for everyone!
Juni’s cheerful artwork for everyone!
Alex Head from CJ Fiore getting serious about fireworks!
Alex Head from CJ Fiore getting serious about fireworks!
Great way to end Summer Conference with a bang at Jack Pizzo's!
Great way to end Summer Conference with a bang at Jack Pizzo’s!
 
Beautiful Michigan harbor
Beautiful Michigan harbor
Fun with Allyson Hoffmeyer from Hoffie Nursery
Fun with Allyson Hoffmeyer from Hoffie Nursery

Last week we hosted the IL Arborist Assoc for their November meeting. It was a beautiful day to walk around the nursery & talk about trees! We had a great turnout of local arborists & foresters who all came out to the field to learn about trees and see what’s new in the nursery. Thanks to everyone who came out to visit!

This video clip shows us along with Roger Purcell from J. Frank Schmidt talking about Redpointe Red Maple. Thanks also to Roger for helping us out with the tour. We highlighted several new Schmidt introductions growing in our field – Redpointe Red Maple, Emerald Sunshine Elm, Crimson Sunset Maple, Streetspire Oak, Kindred Spirit Oak, and American Dream Oak just to name a few…

 

It was the first time we had a nursery tour here & we look forward to doing it again soon. It’s always great to get folks out in the field! Here are some more pics from the day:

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