In 2019, Midwest Groundcovers celebrated its 50th year in business. What started out as a 5-acre nursery in St. Charles, Illinois, has become a five-location operation spanning 700 acres across two states.
While there has been a bit of evolution and expansion, the roots have remained. Founded in 1969 by Peter Orum, who immigrated from Denmark, and his wife Irma, Midwest Groundcovers supplied typical groundcovers — such as ivy, vinca, pachysandra, ajuga and sedum — to landscapers and garden centers throughout the Chicagoland area.
Today, we have deepened our catalog to include items like shrubs, perennials and native plants — with groundcovers still making up a third of our production. Peter has handed off the torch to daughter Christa Orum- Keller, president, who has taken the company’s product offering and service to the next level.