Who We Are


At Possibility Place Nursery, our specialty is growing trees, shrubs and perennials that are indigenous to northeast Illinois. Our plants’ seeds are collected primarily in Northern Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Plants grown from seed collected in these areas are better adapted to the greater Chicago area than plants grown from seed collected further afield. The soil and climate have tested these plants for 8,000 years. Only the strong have survived! We currently raise over 150 species of trees and shrubs and nearly 200 species of forbes, grasses and sedges.

We have specialized in growing plants native to Northern Illinois since 1983. When Connor Shaw founded this nursery, he grew standard nursery plants and dug them in a traditional balled and burlapped manner. Once the company started to grow, we came to the realization that we wanted to do something other than grow the standard plant species. We wanted to grow something unique that contributed to improvement of biodiversity and function in our local ecosystems. We had been interested in native plant material for years but had grown it sparingly due to a limited interest from the public. Or so we thought! The more we grew, the more these plants sold. We had no idea that our love of native plants was shared by such a large group of people. 

Today, we move thousands of native plants every year.  From large contract grows for restoration projects to small back yard plantings, our goal is to get as many native plants in the ground as possible.

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