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.
St. Charles South Propagation Nursery
Opened 1969 / St. Charles, Illinois
South Propagation is on the original parcel of land of which Peter and Irma began propagating ground covers in 1970. Today, the nursery is used for the propagation of woody plant material and producing liners. Depending on the variety, a cutting grows there between several weeks up to 3 years before being potted up in Virgil.
Number of units produced: 900,000 units annually
Primary Sizes: Cuttings, plugs
Produces: Woody plant propagation for Shrubs, Broadleaves, Roses, & Conifer liners
St. Charles North Nursery & Sales Facility
Opened 1974 / St. Charles, Illinois
St. Charles is Midwest Groundcovers’ headquarters and home of all administrative and sales departments. It is also our main distribution facility, housing our UPICK, shipping, & customer pick up services.
Number of units produced: 5.7 Million units annually
Primary Sizes: cuttings, 3”, plugs, pints, #1
Produces: Groundcovers (Sedum, Pachysandra, Euonymus,Ivy), Natural Garden Natives® gallons, Hocus Pocus Groundcovers® & Premium Pint Groundcovers, and Vines
Michigan Production Nursery
Opened 1987 / Glenn/Fennville, Michigan
The Glenn nursery in Michigan is responsible for producing all perennials, ornamental grasses, and Vinca. This nursery is unique in that some perennials are propagated through field production. The land was purchased in 1986. We built the first shelters and started container growing there in 1995.
Number of units produced: 6.6 Million units annually
Primary Sizes: cuttings, 3”, #1, #3
Produces: Perennials, Ornamental Grasses, Vinca, Broadleaf Euonymus
Virgil Production Nursery
Opened 2001 / Virgil, Illinois
The Virgil Nursery is our newest production facility and currently includes four completed “Growing Areas”. A growing area is a “nursery within a nursery”, complete with its own loading dock, storage facilities and work/break areas. The philosophy in the development of this nursery was to work more efficiently and support specialized crops by area to maximize quality.
Number of units produced: 2.3 Million units annually
Primary Sizes: #1, #2, #3, #5
Produces: Deciduous Shrubs and Small Trees, Roses, Conifers, Broadleaf Evergreens, Bud & Bloom, Herbs & Edibles, and Fall Collection
Midwest Natural Garden Production Nursery
Opened 2011 / St. Charles, Illinois
Midwest purchased The Natural Garden nursery in 2011 and has kept the integrity of the local eco-type native plants and the origin of the stock plants/seed beds. All plants are sourced within 90 miles of St. Charles, IL. It is a neonicotinoid-free production nursery.
Number of units produced: 1 Million units annually
Primary Sizes: Plugs & Pints
Produces: Natural Garden Natives® plugs & pints for both sales and shifting up to larger production sizes