Chicagoland Grows®

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Established in 1986, Chicagoland Grows® Plant Introduction Program is a partnership among the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Morton Arboretum, and the Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois (OGA), dedicated to developing, selecting, testing, and marketing a diversity of plants from landscape trees to shrubs, perennials, and grasses, all well adapted to Midwestern and equivalent landscapes.

The program has licensed over one hundred additional wholesale and retail nurseries and commercial tissue culture laboratories throughout the United States and in other countries to bring the Chicagoland Grows plant introductions to landscapes with comparable climates around the world.


About the Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 45 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. Every year, more than one million people visit the Garden’s 27 gardens and four natural areas, situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline.

About The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum’s mission is to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to study and enjoy, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment. The Morton Arboretum’s goal is to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

About the Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois

The Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois is an organization of nurseries in northeastern Illinois. The association was founded in the early 1940s with the desire to work together to provide quality nursery stock acclimated to the Midwest and northern states.

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