Chicagoland Grows® Plant Introduction

Established in 1986, the Chicagoland Grows® Plant Introduction Program is a unique partnership among the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Morton Arboretum, and the Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois (OGA), dedicated to developing, selecting, testing, and marketing a diversity of plants from landscape trees to shrubs, perennials, and grasses, all well adapted to Midwestern and equivalent landscapes.

Perennial plants developed at Chicago Botanic Garden, trees and shrubs developed at The Morton Arboretum, and other landscape plants developed by regional plant breeders provide the program with a pipeline of new landscape plants for the horticulture industry and home gardeners alike. The regional OGA nurseries and a network of licensed nurseries, both national and international, conduct field and container trials of any potential new plant introductions, and ultimately the propagation and sales of successful new plants. Proceeds from the sales of the program’s plants support the breeding efforts at the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Morton Arboretum, ensuring that new plants will be introduced well into the future.