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Chicagoland Grows®

Plant Introduction Program

Chicagoland Grows® is an innovative plant introduction program developed to promote and encourage the use of new and recommended plant cultivars that are well adapted to growing conditions in the Upper Midwest

Goals of the Program

To develop and introduce to the landscape industry, a variety of groundcovers, perennials, trees and shrubs which are specifically recommended for northern climates. Breeding programs have been established at Chicago Botanic Garden and The Morton Arboretum to develop new cultivars that exhibit excellent hardiness and ornamental characteristics.

Program Structure

The Chicago Botanic Garden, The Morton Arboretum, and the Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois are responsible for the development and operation of the program. These organizations work in conjunction with a network of industry professionals to select, evaluate, and produce potential new plants for introduction. The Chicago Botanic Garden serves as program coordinator.

Contact Chicagoland Grows®

Visit www.chicagolandgrows.org, or call (847) 835-8309 for general information or source lists.