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  • May 27, 2020
    ppadmin

    Due to COVID 19

    Due to COVID 19 and the fall out of the staffing under these conditions we are experiencing a stumble in our normal services and a lag in filling on-line orders. We are doing our best to hang in to get service and shipments to those of you that call. The high demand on our staff has slowed phone and email replies to an unacceptable level. We ask for your patience in all order and delivery matters as we have been stretched beyond our staffing. All is not gloom however, we have been steadily improving response times and orders that have been sent in both on-line and on the phone are being filled. If not just a bit later than we had planned. We will work hard to to regain our standing and plan on coming back stronger as the season rolls along. We would also like to thank all of you that have purchased from us. To any that are interested in placing an order please do not feel that we can not help. I assure you we can; it is just taking longer than is usual for us. Thank you all for your business, and we will strive to meet your native plant needs.

  • March 28, 2020
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    Some Changes Are on the Way

    Over the next week or so we will be updating our web site with slight changes and we would like to aplogize for any confusion that this might cause. We are efforting to make our e-commerce more intuitive and adding options. For the moment WE ARE SHIPPING TREES AND SHRUBS as of today. We are taking orders for forbs and grasses but the shipping for that will start May 15th. So anyone wishing to place orders on-line and have questions please call me at the office and I will help with more information.

  • February 07, 2019
    bshah

    Surviving Winter

    It’s cold outside today…like, really cold. And while our solution to keeping safe in these temperatures is simply not to engage, our plants just don’t have that option. From the cozy warmth of my insulated home, I gaze out at my perennial garden and think about the lush green plants that will begin to pop up in the spring. Year after year, they endure freezing temperatures and still manage to emerge in all their glory when the time is right.

    Part of the joy of planting native perennials is knowing that they are cold hardy to our climate zone. In Illinois, our cold hardiness zone is 6 for the northern part of the state and 5 for the southern half and the small area surrounding Lake Michigan. Native plants of our region have evolved to survive the harsh winters in these zones, but how exactly do they do that??

  • August 02, 2018
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    Rate of Growth (Just a quick note)

    We recieved a call just the other day from a person looking for for a "fast growing" tree and that a smaller starter plant would be preferred. I offered up a Quercus muehlenbergii (Chinquapin Oak) and ran down the list of superlatives that made it why I'd plant that for his needs other than many others that might work for him. I was stopped half way through; "Woah, woah, woah. Oak trees don't grow fast. They're oaks. They grow slow. I want a sugar maple." After a brief exchange, I was left thinking about why people continue to think oaks grow slowly. So I thought I would post a very quick note.

    It has been our experience that many oak species grow as fast or faster than many of the maple species that they are so often replaced by. Our oaks grow at a rate of 30 to 48 inches or more in a given season, where our maples might give us half that number. 

  • October 02, 2017
    admin

    Small Window into using a Native or a Cultivar for Pollinators

    Several months ago I was talking to a friend of mine from the east coast, and we were discussing pollinators and the plant lists that seem to be leaping from every corner of the web from all kinds of sources. We both agreed that the whole idea of gardening for pollinators is a good thing and that the use of natives were improving, along with understanding of native plant needs and importance. But many of the sources included or were dominated by non-natives or cultivars.

  • September 12, 2016
    ppadmin

    Downers Grove Oak-tober event.

    The Downers Grove Park District will be giving away 70 one gallon oak trees from Possibility Place Nursery to start the celebration of Oaktober in Downers Grove. The trees will be given away to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Park District, and the initial Harvest Festival at Fishel Park on October 1, 2016. The species that have been choosen are Bur, White, Red, and Chinquapin Oaks. Please check with the Downers Grove Park District for further details on the event. And if you get an oak, give it some love and it'll grow great for you!

  • April 19, 2016
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    What's That Pretty Weed?

    In 2003, I purchased my first money pit, a.k.a my home. I made it clear to my realtor that the house was secondary to the yard.  It had your normal cookie cutter landscape. You know, the kind with the circle and square shaped plants. The only plant left aone was a lovely white birch, which was a great selling point for me. I knew right then and there I could plant anything I wanted. Being the offspring of Connor Shaw, my first move was to bring nature back to earth.

  • March 04, 2016
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    Milkweed, Monarchs and the Rest of the Pollinator Story

    When I first started as the lead propagator at Possibility Place Nursery, I learned one lesson very quickly: produce large amounts of milkweed.  There are great reasons behind this, both economic and environmental. For decades, Monarch populations have been on a major decline, and educated native plant enthusiasts want to help by planting milkweed.

  • February 20, 2016
    ppadmin

    Yellow Birch

    One of my favorite trees in the winter is Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis). The bark is not white like white birch or yellow like the name would suggest, but cherry like that exfoliates with copper and gray with white lentils. The bark becomes brown and plated as it gets older.

  • June 01, 2015
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    The Birds Are Coming...

    Spring is but a fridge date on the calender, but it is coming and so are the birds. All over Illinois the landscape is changing with homes, roads, removed wind rows and general toppling of habitat and food sources for our welcomed feathery trespassers. Now for those of us that are a bit lucky and have habitat existing in our yards, a simple addition of key species and water will do the job. But those that have to start from scratch are in a tricky spot: “Where do I begin???”

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