Creative Connections

"it's a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip's summertime!"

-Kenney Chesney

Summer is finally here! If you are running out of creative ideas, there are a few places we like to visit to re-energize throughout the summer. Some great eye candy for inspiration would be any of the nearby botanical gardens. A few of our favorites include: Chicago Botanical Gardens in Glencoe, The Rotary Gardens in Janesville, WI and the Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI. Need to comparison shop? Take a visit to some of the inspiring trial gardens in Illinois and Michigan. Every year members of the RCOP staff make it a point to visit the Ball Seed trial gardens in Illinois and Mast, MSU, and C. Rakers & Sons in Michigan. These beautiful gardens are sure to get the creative juices flowing, make sure to bring a camera! Visting these gardens are like going to a carnival of flowers!

Mast Carnival

Mast in Michigan 2016

If  you are looking to connect with the industry and perhaps seek out new vendors, or visit old ones, be sure to add the ILCA Summer Field Day to your 2017 calender. This year it will take place at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn on August 10th.  Last year's event fell on one of the hottest day's of the summer, but fair weather fans from all over came to peruse the aisles looking for new exciting plant material, equipment and vendors.  Our concept for last years booth was Invigorate! Mission accomplished! The gracious comments  and feedback we received from the ILCA staff and guests had us grinning ear to ear.

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RCOP ILCA Summer Field day booth 2016


Don't forget if you are in need for large luscious summer plant material, RCOP is the place! Click on the link below to see the Product list. These items will be ready to ship June 12th through the first week in July

Summer Product list