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  • 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 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 breif 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 experiance 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 give season where our maples might usually give us half that number. 

  • October 02, 2017
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    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-native or cultivars.

  • September 12, 2016
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    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 a oak, give it some love and it'll grow great or you.

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

    In 2003, I purchase 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
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    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 get 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???”

  • June 24, 2013
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    Large Breed Companion

    We often have customers visit the nursery and, most recently, bloggers who are planning landscaping projects but wonder how they’ll keep their large breed companions from destroying all their hard work.  I’m not an authority but I would like to share some ideas that work for Lucy and I.

  • March 26, 2013
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    Plant Sales, Pre-Order Dates and a Native Plant Class for 2013

    Possibility Place has just updated the News & Events page with 2013 dates for pre-orders and plant sales. We're also happy to announce our Forest Preserve District of DuPage County: Landscaping with Native Plants Class which will be held in Oak Brook on Saturday, April 20, from 1:30–3:30 PM.

  • December 05, 2012
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    Possibility Place vs Conventional Planting with H.O.P.E.

    In November of 2012 we had students from the H.O.P.E. (Horticultural Occupational & Professional Experience) program visit Possibility Place. The focus of the program is to expose college age students to different aspects of the horticultural industry. They visit and work at a different nursery/garden center for two days a month for six months. It is hoped that at each stop they learn a little more about what it takes to be a plant professional.

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