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"Inspired by Nature" Raises $2,000 for Industry Partners

Published September 27, 2019

Midwest Groundcovers raised funds while providing valuable education

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (Sept. 27, 2019) – Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Midwest Groundcovers continued its legacy of education, inspiration and dedication to the horticulture industry through its presentation of “Inspired by Nature: Naturalistic Design Education, Garden Tours and Social Mixer” on Wednesday, September 11. Ticket sales generated $2,000 which will be shared equally among the Peter and Irma Orum Research FundILCA PAC FundIGIA GIPAC Fund and ASLA Illinois Advocacy.

Designed for industry professionals, the day-long event, featured noted naturalist, landscape designer and author Claudia West. Claudia enthralled the audience of 100+ attendees with two presentations. Her first talk focused on bridging the gap between great garden design and ecology. The second talk provided stormwater management solutions inspired by wild plant communities.

Attendees were also treated to guided tours of Midwest Groundcovers Display and Trial Gardens and a presentation from Midwest Trading’s soil scientist Kevin Donnelly. In his talk, Kevin discussed the many considerations that go into selecting, designing, and manufacturing deliverable soil blends. Kevin will be speaking at InvigorateU on January 22, 2020 and at iLandscape on January 30, 2020.


About the event beneficiaries:
The Peter and Irma Orum Research Fund is newly established in recognition of Midwest Groundcovers’ 50th anniversary in 2019, and in honor of the companies’ founders, Irma and Peter Orum. “The fund’s purpose, like most HRI sub-funds, is to enable HRI to support or initiate research essential to the plant industry. HRI is able to leverage substantial research funds and also step in quickly when problems arise,” says Peter Orum.

The ILCA PAC Fund distributes funds in a bipartisan manner to legislative campaigns of those candidates who have demonstrated interest in the concerns of the landscape industry, as identified by association leadership and its lobbyists.

The Green Industry Political Action Committee (GIPAC) was created for the purpose of soliciting and contributing voluntary funds to candidates for state and federal elective offices who are supportive of the Illinois nursery and landscape industry, in addition to cultivating legislative initiatives, public policy programs and advocacy efforts.

The American Society of Landscape Architects Illinois Chapter (ILASLA) Advocacy Fund was developed to prepare and fund legislative threats that could adversely impact our profession and future. ILASLA retains the lobbyist firm Illinois Strategies who acts as a watchdog for crucial legislation and is helping move the Landscape Architect Title Act to a Practice Act.              


About Midwest Groundcovers

Midwest Groundcovers, LLC, is an industry leader in the propagation, growing and wholesale distribution of quality container nursery stock. It operates more than 700 acres of state-of-the-art nursery production facilities at five locations in St. Charles and Virgil, Ill. and in Glenn, Mich. Each year, these nurseries produce millions of container plants, including more than 130 different groundcover varieties, more than 240 species of local ecotype native plants identified as Natural Garden Natives®; 140 regional Midwest native species, including grasses; and more than 275 varieties of deciduous and native shrubs, broadleaf evergreens, hardy shrub roses, conifers and vines. Visit Midwest Groundcovers online at