Blog: Education

 
  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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???”

  • 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.