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We created the North Shore Plant Club to make gardening more accessible to more people. We wanted people to be able to buy more plants, and didn’t want cost to hold us or our neighbors back from adding them to our gardens. We think everyone should have the chance to experience the joy that comes from nurturing something and helping it grow right in front of your eyes.
In 2018, we offered a few friends the chance to add some plants to an order we were placing from a couple of the Midwest’s most respected nurseries. We shared our pricing with them via a couple of simple spreadsheets. Word got around. Neighbors told neighbors. A few social media posts later, and we had a Plant Club and a pop-up nursery filled with more than 1000 plants on our hands.
When you join the Plant Club (for free) you get opportunity to purchase thousands of plants for just a bit more than wholesale pricing – plus lots and lots of information. We have Club members who will even help you design your garden or select specific plants to solve particular issues around your yard. If you have questions about what to order to fill a few pots or containers, we can help with that too. The fact that each plant is affordable means Club members feel a little more comfortable experimenting with new plants, grasses, shrubs and trees, which makes gardening even more fun. We also love being active in the communities where we deliver plants and have found a way to give back to gardening groups that support civic causes: by engaging their members who purchase plants and sharing a percentage of each sale with them.
Browse the plants on our website – and come back frequently, as we’re always adding new growers. We place orders a couple of times a month during the Midwest’s spring and summer seasons. The dates for ordering and receiving plants are both posted on the site.
We try very hard to source exactly what you’d like, but sometimes growers run out of plants! While this variety is a great deal at the price shown, we know that it has limited availability. If you want the plant even if it might be more expensive, or in a different size or quantity -- after you place your order, just send us a quick note at email@example.com. Then, we’ll try to get you some version of this from one of our growers. And if we can’t get it from anywhere, of course, we’ll send a refund!
Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.
Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.
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Membership is free, but — since we rely on delivery and local pick-up — you have to live near one of our hubs (or be willing to drive to a site to pick them up). If you live farther away, and would like to help us bring the club to your neighbors, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To secure the best prices for club members and make sure we know the current plants available from each nursery, we take orders only a couple of times a month.
Shoot us an email at email@example.com, and we'll be happy to talk about plants or let you know when it's time to buy them!