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Fall Growers Tour

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!

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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!

CONTINUING EDUCATION - Event is approved for 4.5 ISA CEUs and for 3 LACES credits (non-HSW).

Wednesday, September 22

Fiore Nursery and Landscape Supply
16606 West Highway 22
Prairie View, IL 60069
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Parking for the Fiore tour will be at the Prairie View Metra Station West located at 2701 N Main St, Lincolnshire. This lot is managed by the municipality and you will be required to pay for the parking space or risk receiving a ticket. The fee is $1.50 per day. More Info

Lurvey Landscape Supply
2550 East Dempster St
Des Plaines, IL 60016
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Transportation

There will be no group transportation for this event due to COVID concerns.  Attendees will transport themselves to both nurseries. Because we are not coordinating group transportation for this event, registration costs have been lowered.

Agenda

8:00AM –  Attendees Check-in at Fiore Nursery (networking time)
8:30AM – Tour Fiore Nursery & Landscape
10:00AM – Travel Time to Lurvey Landscape
10:45AM -  Tour Lurvey Landscape & Garden Center
12:45PM -  Lunch / Networking
1:15PM - Facilitated Open Discussion (led by IGIA Growers Committee)

Registration

Member Rate - $35
Non-Member Rate - $50

If your IGIA member company is sending 3 or more people, you get a discounted rate of $30 per person.  Contact IGIA for the promo code if you are registering online.

Thank You 2021 Tour Sponsors!

Fiore Nursery Lurvey
Hortica
Roger Purcell

Hort Sales LLC
 
Dayton Bag Goodmark Nurseries
Midwest Groundcovers  

 

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].

2020 Tour

9:00am Green Glen Nursery Elwood, IL
10:45am  Cedar Path Nurseries Manhattan, IL

 

Growers Tour 2020 Collage

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