chicagoland grows®

Plant Introduction Program

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Chicagoland Grows is an innovative plant introduction program developed to promote the use of new plant cultivars that are well-adapted to the growing conditions of the Upper Midwest. While regional in focus, the program’s plants can be grown successfully in all zone-appropriate regions of North America, Europe, and around the world.

Chicagoland Grows is a corporate partnership among the Chicago Botanic Garden; The Morton Arboretum; and the Ornamental Grower’s Association of Northern Illinois (OGA), a network of wholesale nurseries located in northeastern Illinois.

Established in 1986, Chicagoland Grows works collectively with industry professionals in the OGA and throughout North America to develop, select, evaluate, produce, and market new and recommended plant cultivars. These selected plants offer fine ornamental attributes and proven dependability to both landscape professionals and home gardeners.

Chicagoland Grows markets these proven, midwestern-hardy introductions regionally, nationally, and worldwide. Sales of the plants generate royalties that support the breeding and research efforts of the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Morton Arboretum to develop future introductions.

With the broad, complementary resources of the three partners, the program will continue to develop, evaluate, and introduce worthy landscape plants for the future.