P.O. Box 748 ● St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone: 847-742-1790 ● Fax: 847-742-2655
Midwest Groundcovers took root in 1969 when Peter and Irma Orum began growing less than a dozen varieties of groundcovers on 5 acres of land they had purchased in St. Charles, IL. With the collaboration of many talented and dedicated people, Midwest has become a major resource for a broad range of landscape plants including a complete line of perennials, native plants, ornamental grasses, deciduous shrubs, conifers, broadleaf evergreens and vines. A wide selection of groundcovers remains a specialty.
Today, Midwest Groundcovers operates over 690 acres of state-of-the art nursery productions facilities. The St. Charles location has grown to 96 acres. It is home to the company’s corporate headquarters, sales and distribution operations, and propagation facilities for groundcovers. A 320 acre property in Glenn, MI is the production location for most of Midwest’s perennials, ornamental grasses and select groundcovers including Proven Winners® perennials.
In Virgil, IL, 252 acres serve as the production facility for the company’s green roof modules and woody plant selections such as Endless Summer® Hydrangea Collection, Proven Winners® Colorchoice® shrubs, and the Knock Out® family of roses. Virgil is also home to Midwest’s sister company, Midwest Trading. In 2011, The Natural Garden of St. Charles, IL became part of Midwest Groundcovers, adding 25 more acres and significantly increasing the offering of native plants to over 240 species.
Sustainable practices are the foundation of Midwest Groundcovers. The company reuses plant containers and purchases recycled pots. Plastic covering of hoop houses is used for three seasons before it is recycled. Plant production facilities are graded and drainage, irrigation and fertilization systems are integrated so that every drop of water that falls on developed land moves to swales and on to detention basins to be reused. Nutrient content of irrigation water is tested before fertilizer is added, reducing costs and the impact on the environment. Midwest has initiated the first horticultural container recycling program. Used black pots from participating customers are baled on site and nearly 12 semi-truck loads of plastic are recycled each season. The 2,800 square feet of solar panels on the roof of the St. Charles maintenance building generates enough energy to power approximately 13 average U.S. homes each year.
Visit Midwest's website at: www.midwestgroundcovers.com to learn more about this industry leader whose "Always on the Grow".