chicagoland grows® Plant Introduction Program


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.