Growers Connect

Each year, the IGIA Growers Committee plans an 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. 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!

Who Should Attend

You and your team!  This tour isn't just for growers.  We invite all members of the green industry to join us for this adventure.  The collaboration is what makes it fun, and we all learn better together! Landscape architects, designers and contractors, arborists, growers, garden centers, green industry partners, municipalities...all are welcome to join us!

*The tour has been submitted for 3 hours of LACES credit and for arborist CEUs.

2020 Tour - September 17

First Tour Stop

Green Glen Nursery 
24900 South Cherry Hill Rd
Elwood, IL 60421

Green Glen Banner

With over 500 acres of premium nursery stock, Green Glen Nursery is an Illinois wholesale nursery offering trees, shrubs and plant material for professional landscapers, garden centers, municipalities and more! Family owned operated since 1968, Green Glen Nursery provides a large selection of balled and burlap trees and shrubs along with a vast assortment of ground covers, perennials and annuals to complete any professional landscaping project. 

Learn more about Green Glen Nursery

Second Tour Stop
Cedar Path Nurseries
12600 W. Manhattan – Monee Road
Manhattan, IL 60442

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Cedar Path Nurseries is a local grower and distributor of quality grown, landscape grade nursery stock. They carry a full selection of nursery stock, both container grown and B+B material, all above ground and ready for immediate pick up. Consisting of more than 300 acres, Cedar Path is a wholesale nursery supplying material to landscapers, municipalities, golf courses and park districts.  

Learn more about Cedar Path Nurseries

Sponsored By

Roger Purcell Hort Sales, LLC 


Compeer Financial


$35 per IGIA member
$50 per non-member
$30 per person (3 or more from same member company)

To keep everyone safe, there will be no group transportation and there will only be two stops on the tour. Attendees will transport themselves to both nurseries. Therefore, we have lowered registration costs. Advance registration is required by September 14. 



Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Sponsor Levels  


Gold Sponsor $1,000
Silver Sponsor $500
Supporting Sponsor    $250

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


2019 Tour

Day One Day Two Day Three
Iseli Nursery Bailey Yamhill Far West Show
Holmlund Nursery Robinson Nursery
J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co Kuenzi Turf & Nursery


2018 Tour

       8:00am         The Growing Place Aurora, IL
10:30am Hinsdale Nurseries          Plano, IL      
2:00pm         Pizzo Native Plant Nursery          Leland, IL
4:00pm Social Mixer at Pizzo
Native Plant Nursery

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        


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


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