"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 had a great few days of planting this week in the nursery! We were able to get about half of our new crop in the ground. Later that night, we got a nice rain to settle them in.  As soon as the ground allows, we will be back at it again to get the rest of the crop planted. Here are a few pics to enjoy from planting this week!

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We started planting this past weekend & got our new Spruce all settled in. Deciduous planting starts tomorrow! We received 2 loads today – check out this picture of some new Butterflies Magnolia which we are looking forward to lining out this year. The buds are ready to pop!

Spruce Planting
Spruce Planting
Butterflies Magnolia
Butterflies Magnolia

2016 Catalog Cover

Welcome to a new spring at Spring Grove Nursery! To kick off this spring season, we have a fresh new look for our monthly email & website. We hope you enjoy our new & updated website, still full of great content & pictures. Our improved Photo Gallery is still coming together, but soon it will host pictures of all of our trees along with many shots around the nursery during various stages of production. Our website is now mobile friendly as well so we hope that it will be a good resource & tool for everything you need to know about trees. Check out our fresh new website here: Spring Grove Nursery

Along with the new website, our 2016 Catalogs have arrived!  The catalogs will be hitting mailboxes soon so if you are not on our mailing list & wish to be, please send us your contact info.  We are always happy to get you the information & trees that you need in whatever way is most convenient for you!


Out in the field things are starting to shape up for spring! Despite this last dusting of snow, spring will be here soon. Jamie is almost done tagging spring orders. In this pic, he is tagging some of our new 2″ Streetspire Oaks ready to dig. Their form really shows off in the winter & we are happy with how the new variety has grown in the nursery. Also pictured are some beautiful 12′ River Birch ready to go. 

The equipment is all tuned up & ready to roll. Our liner orders are set to come in late March.  We are still hoping to start some digging the week of March 14, but we will see if the weather cooperates. There is still time to come out to the nursery & tag an order. Please give us a call if you are ready to pick out some trees for your spring projects.  Next time we check in we should have lots more field activity to report!

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!

New Trees for Spring 2016

We have some fantastic fresh new trees in the field this spring! Some of the new varieties that we will be digging this spring & fall are:  Rugged Ridge Maple, Spring Flurry Serviceberry, Hardy Rubber Tree, Butternut, Show Time Crabapple, Little Twist Cherry, Pink Flair Cherry, & Streetspire Oak

We also have a great new crop of liners coming to plant this spring. Some new varieties we are excited to be trying out this spring are Firespire American Hornbeam, Prairie Sentinel Hackberry, Amur Maackia, & After Burner Black Tulpelo … just to name a few.

Supply is tight this season due to increased demand in the market. But don’t worry – we still have a great supply of trees available yet this spring! We will also be planting a full crop into the field as we have continued to do every year. Our consistent planting schedule over the years insures our customers that we can supply their tree needs each season. With greater demand however, early ordering & long range planning will be a good way to make sure we have the trees ready in the season you need them. We look forward to working with all of our customers to grow excellent quality trees for many years to come!

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.

iLandscape-2016Winter is a great time to visit our nursery.  You can see the structure on our trees & have first pick of our new spring dig selection.  We encourage you to stop by anytime!

We also look forward to network & education opportunities in the winter.  We will have a booth this year at the iLandscape Show Feb 3-5 in Schaumburg.  Please stop by & visit us at booth #224.

A great educational opportunity during iLandscape is the OGA (Ornamental Growers Association of Northern IL) presentation “Roots to Reality” on Feb 4 from 2:45-4:15pm. You can read more about it below. Please join us!

Also during iLansdcape is the Chuck Tosvosky Annual Tribute Dinner. On Feb 2, we will be honoring Gary Knosher from Midwest Groundcovers. The dinner will benefit Green Industry Lobbying Efforts – Abbington Banquet Hall, Glen Ellyn.

We hope to see you at some of these events this winter or at the nursery. We welcome the opportunity to work with you this season!