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May Chicago Ornamental Horticulture preview: Highlights

Hens n Chicks (Sempervivum)
Hens n Chicks (Sempervivum)
Photo by Viridis Garden Coaching

With so many activities going on this month, this is just a highlight of the local happenings and news in the Chicagoland horticulture/gardening world.

  • HGTV HOME Plant Collection debuts for Mother’s Day - this collection will be available to a select group of independent garden centers. Look for select annuals, annual mixed containers and hanging baskets. Click here to find the nearest retailer.
  • Speaking of HGTV, shoppers will see more of gardening celebrity Jamie Durie, host of HGTV’s primetime hit The Outdoor Room. Look for the award-winning landscape designer’s outdoor room displays featuring Monrovia plants and Ferti-lome plant health care products.
  • Pasquesi Home and Gardens on the Square debuts this May at the historic eastern Lake Forest Train Station’s Market Square in Lake Forest, IL, about 30 miles from downtown Chicago. The smaller-scale store will sell select plants as well as home and garden elements. The outdoor space around the train depot will be set up as an outdoor flower market with annuals, houseplants and orchids and home and garden accents, tabletop and gifts.
  • Governor Quinn proclaimed May 2012 as Invasive Species Awareness Month – the website has links to invasive species of concern and has events scheduled throughout the month.
  • On May 7-9, stop by the College of DuPage Technical Education Center (TEC), West Campus for their annual spring sale of annuals, perennials, container baskets and more. For more information see or call (630) 942-3806. For convenience, park in front of the greenhouse a get a permit issued inside. Cash and check sales only.
  • The Lurie Garden has a full line up of morning walks, talks and tours during May. Some events require registration, so be sure to check the website for details. See or call 312-742-TIXS (8497).


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