The Growing Place

So far, this spring feels more like winter, but that didn’t stop local green thumbers from coming out to the The Growing Place on opening day.

At the Aurora location, dozens enjoyed checking out the flower farm and touring the greenhouses. Many took home plants, seeds, and other garden necessities to get their planting season started.

The Growing Place, both in Naperville and Aurora, opened one week earlier than last year, leaving their supply a bit low compared to opening day in years past.

“Normally we would have more shipments in because it’s been warmer. Last year tricked us and so we thought ‘Well ok, if it’s 80 we are going to open earlier.’ Well you see how that worked out for us,” said President of the Growing Place, Rich Massat.

The retail nursery is open for spring, summer, and part of autumn, but preparations for the season take place throughout the winter.

“Our whole plant list has to be ready. Which is a list of everything we carry with descriptions and so on and so forth. There’s a lot of marketing stuff that goes into opening day,” said Massat. “We’re ready to go again. We are recharged even though the core staff is still working I think a lot of the seasonal people are chomping at the bit to get out as well, and look at all the stuff again and start helping people.”

The Growing Place has been open since 1973. The Garden Treasures Gift Shop at the Aurora location is landmarked by the City of Aurora.

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