Phone: (847) 742-1790 Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm
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Our Gardens

Gardens at Midwest

Midwest Groundcovers’ Gardens

When Peter Orum immigrated from Denmark to the United States in 1965 he brought with him a deep knowledge of horticulture and an entrepreneurial spirit. In 1969, Peter, and his wife, Irma, began a life-long journey that would become the Midwest family of companies. Today, annual production at five nursery locations totals nearly 8.6 million market-ready plants produced by a workforce of nearly 300.

This St. Charles headquarters site, built in 1994, was originally planned by landscape architect, Christa Orum-Keller. The display gardens’ goal is to provide an educational outdoor classroom, where customers and staff can observe, analyze and share feedback on mature plants and review new plants grown in trial gardens for evaluation.

Our plants are labeled with scientific names and plant lists are available by the entry to some gardens. We hope to inspire you and encourage you to garden with these plants in your designs, and we want to share our enthusiasm for plant communities through creativity and sustainable best practices.

All of our garden beds are amended and mulched with products from our sister company, Midwest Trading. Look for signage to identify Midwest Trading products and visit the product display by the Wholesale Office.

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Carex Classroom

The Carex Classroom is an educational resource focused on the nuances of the many species available.

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Conifer & Evergreen Display Garden

This garden showcases the dynamic and broad selection of evergreen cultivars that we offer.

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Dry Shade Garden

This garden showcases several planting combinations that address the challenges of dry shade.

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Hocus Pocus Display Garden

This garden showcases our unique and durable groundcovers.

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Hydrangea Display Garden

This display of showcases the broad range of hydrangea species and cultivars side by side.

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Median Garden

This new take on a traditional median planting incorporates interplanted and diverse design for this commonly overlooked.

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Midwest Native Gardens

Designed to showcase native compositions at scales, from residential garden to corporate campus.

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Modern Midwest Matrix Garden

This is an inspiring garden that interweaves both woody plants and perennials.

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Naturalistic Shrub & Perennial Border

Designed to connect the Perennial & Ornamental Display Garden to the pond, creating an amphitheater effect from the patio area or Hickory Hall, our education classroom.

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Perennial & Ornamental Grass Display Garden

This beautiful perennial garden is loosely arranged in alphabetical order by genus.

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Perennial Trial Garden

This garden is used to evaluate plant selections to incorporate into our production program.

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Piet Oudolf "New Wave" Garden

This garden was designed by world renowned Dutch garden designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf.

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Rose Display Garden

This garden showcases the nearly 40 cultivars of shrub roses we carry.

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Spiraea Display Garden

This garden showcases a broad range of low-growing Spiraeas.

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Contact Info

Phone: (847) 742-1790
Fax: (847) 742-2655

Street Address

6N800 IL-25
St. Charles, IL 60174

Current Hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:00pm


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