"Don't Tell The Boss You Saw Me Here"
Last weekend I stopped at a seasonal garden center in the parking lot of a strip mall in Berwyn, IL. The little garden center is located in a corner of the Cermak Plaza that has the strangest collection of public art I've ever seen and most of it has been there since I can remember. The exception being the sculpture that was made out of trash that was torn down a couple of years ago.
As I was walking in some ladies jokingly warning each other not to let the boss know they were shopping at the competition. When you drive past this place it may seem like the last place you'd go shopping for plants in the Chicago area because there are so many garden centers in Chicago but I really like this place. Don't let the fly-by-night look of the structures fool you. Behind the chain link fence is a really good selection of plants many from growers like Monrovia and Jackson & Perkins. They carry a large selection of herbs and vegetables along with hundreds of annuals, perennials and even roses.
I really had to fight the urge to buy a couple of clematis vines and some dwarf banana plants and a black colocasia. The past two years I've gone there when they were clearing out their merchandise I've picked up a number of things dirty cheap. I'm still kicking myself for not buying the variegated daylilies for five dollars I saw there last year and the tropical topiaries that were less than the price of a meal at McDonald's.
I think it is unfortunate that a garden center that has such a good selection of plants and has an even better sale every year doesn't have a permanent retail location. But if you're looking for a garden center or some really cool plants in the Chicagoland area check out their website and see if there is a location near you.
Clover's Garden Centers
Also, I just noticed the update below the Blogger Dashboard that we can test using polls. I've put up my first poll on my blog and if you have a moment take a second and vote or put a poll of some kind on your blog following these directions. Looks like Blogger is adding some cool new features to keep up with WordPress.