Growers Connect

Each year, the IGIA Growers Committee plans a one-day event where attendees tour member grower facilities.  This affords the opportunity for both members and non-members to learn more about the unique growing operations producing quality nursery stock right in our back yards. 

These events have become increasingly popular, with the 2017 tour selling out!  It has always been important to cultivate relationships with the people you are sourcing product from, so that you have what you need when it's time to install the job.  But with the demands of today's fast-paced world and constantly-changing customer expectations, your supplier relationships have never been more critical. 

Consider bringing your team to this year's event so you can connect with our network of growers!

2018 Tour - September 20

Lunch and group transportation will be provided.  Registration deadline: September 14

 1st Stop

           The Growing Place

        The Growing Place
         Annual & Perennial Production 

        2000 Montgomery Rd
        Aurora, IL 60504

 2nd Stop
          hinsdale nurseries                
        Hinsdale Nurseries
        Perennials, Ornamental & Shade Trees, 
        Shrubs and Evergreen Production

        2353 Creek Rd      

        Plano, IL 60545

 Last Stop

  Pizzo Group

        Pizzo Native Plant Nursery
        Prairie, Woodland, & Wetland
        Native Production

        10729 Pine Rd
        Leland, IL 60531
Tour has been approved for 6 LA CES credits!



2018 Tour Sponsors

Roger Purcell Hort Sales, LLC 

 Dayton Bag logo

Russo Power Logo



Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors will receive recognition in Trending Green eblasts, on IGIA website, in event promotional materials, on onsite event signage, and in program materials distributed during the event. 

Sponsor Levels  

      Member Cost      

     Non-Member Cost

Platinum Sponsor $2,000 $2,500
Gold Sponsor $1,000 $1,500
Silver Sponsor $500 $750
Supporting Sponsor    $200 $250

There is also room to customize a sponsorship, so if you have ideas, contact Kellie Schmidt at 217.546.4733 or [email protected].

2017 Tour

8:00am GRO Horticultural Enterprises Union, IL
     11:00am      Goodmark Nurseries Wonder Lake, IL
2:30pm Hampshire Farms Hampshire, IL
4:30pm        Social Mixer at Hampshire Farms       Hampshire, IL

2017 Growers Tour

2016 Tour

No event held this year

2015 Tour

9:00am Hoffie Nursery Union, IL
    12:00pm      Mariani Nursery    Garden Prairie, IL   
2:00pm Fox Ridge Nursery Harvard, IL
4:00pm        Social Mixer at Hoffie Nursery      Union, IL

2015 Growers Tour

2014 Tour

   10:00am     Possibility Place Nursery Monee, IL
1:00pm Bailey Nursery Onarga, IL
3:00pm Kankakee Nursery    Aroma Park, IL   
5:30pm     Social Mixer at Steve Worth's Home      

Growers Tour 2014