Midwest Groundcovers is an industry leader in the propagation, growing and wholesale distribution of quality container nursery stock. We operate over 700 acres of state-of-the-art nursery production facilities at five locations in St. Charles, IL; Virgil, IL; and Glenn, MI. Each year, these nurseries produce millions of container plants, including more than 140 different groundcover varieties; over 240 species of local ecotype native plants identified as Natural Garden Natives® ; 140 regional Midwest native species of which some are naturally occurring selections; more than 500 varieties of perennials and ornamental grasses; and over 275 varieties of deciduous shrubs, native shrubs, broadleaf evergreens, hardy shrub roses, conifers, and vines.
Perennial, Native & Groundcover Nursery Production:
Midwest Groundcovers’ St. Charles Nursery & Sales Facility
St. Charles is Midwest Groundcovers’ headquarters and home of Sales and Marketing, our Primary Pick Up Yard, Shipping, Administration, Information Technology, Inventory Planning and Purchasing as well as the Distribution Center. Plants are transferred from outlying Growing Centers to St. Charles for orders to be assembled for either pick-up or delivery. Plants are also transferred to St. Charles to keep inventory on hand for quick order fulfillment and to fill shipping orders.
Number of units produced: 5.7 Million units annually
Primary Sizes: cuttings, 3”, plugs, pints, #1
Produces: Groundcovers (Sedum, Pachysandra, Euonymus, Coloratus, Ivy), Natural Garden Natives® pints, gallons, #5 shrubs, Hocus Pocus Groundcovers® & Premium Pint Groundcovers and Vines
Midwest Natural Garden Production Nursery
Midwest purchased The Natural Garden facility in 2011. Midwest has kept the integrity of the local eco-type native plants and the origin of the stock plant and seed beds from The Natural Garden. It is now used as a production facility for Natural Garden Natives® plugs. All plugs are produced from seed collected within 90 miles of the nursery site. Plugs are either grown on for sales or transferred to St. Charles to be shifted up to larger size pots.
Number of units produced: 1 Million units annually
Primary Sizes: Plugs
Produces: Natural Garden Natives® plugs for both sales and shifting up to larger production sizes
Michigan Production Nursery
Fennville, Michigan is responsible for producing all perennials, ornamental grasses and Vinca. This nursery is unique in that some perennials are propagated through field production, meaning they are field grown and divided for cuttings. The land was purchased in about 1986. We built the first shelters and started container growing there in about 1995.
Number of units produced: 6.6 Million units annually
Primary Sizes: cuttings, 3”, #1, #3
Produces: #1 & #3 Perennials, Vinca, Broadleaf Euonymus
Deciduous, Conifer and Bud & Bloom Nursery Production
Virgil Production Nursery
Virgil Nursery is our newest production facility and the site currently includes four completed “Growing Areas”. Grounds are laid out into 5 Growing Areas. A growing area is a self-sufficient production unit complete with its own loading dock, storage facilities, work/break areas and offices. In effect, a growing area is a “mini nursery” within a bigger nursery. The overall philosophy in planning the development of this nursery was to work more efficiently with fewer people, more mechanization, and using more space.
Number of units produced: 2.3 Million units annually
Primary Sizes: #1, #2, #3, #5
Acres: 262 includes MT facility and adjoining rental houses
Produces: Deciduous Shrubs and Small Trees, Roses, Tender Deciduous Shrubs, Conifers, Broadleaf Evergreens, Bud & Bloom, Herbs & Edibles, Tropicals and Fall Collection
St. Charles South Propagation Nursery
South Propagation is part of the original parcel of land that Peter and Irma began propagating groundcovers in 1969. Today, the facility continues to be used for propagation. South Propagation is responsible for the propagation of woody plant material and producing liners that are then sent to Virgil to be shifted up to larger containers for sales. Depending on the variety, a cutting will grow there between several weeks up to 3 years before moving over to Virgil.
Number of units produced: 900,000 units annually
Primary Sizes: Cuttings, plugs
Produces: Woody plant propagation for Shrubs, Broadleaves, Roses & Conifer liners