Organic Garden Center

Organic Garden Center Chicagoland’s Urban Gardening Specialists Our Goal is simple: Using technology to make our thumbs green. “One Stop Shopping” for all your indoor gardening needs.

With the uncertain economy, people are spending more time at home. Additionally, people are rediscovering hobbies and trying new ones. Indoor organic gardening happens to be one of the fastest growing hobbies in today’s society. Sustainable environmental awareness is also a topic that gets significant attention. With all the chemicals and pesticides that imbed the produce we consume, organic aware

With the uncertain economy, people are spending more time at home. Additionally, people are rediscovering hobbies and trying new ones. Indoor organic gardening happens to be one of the fastest growing hobbies in today’s society. Sustainable environmental awareness is also a topic that gets significant attention. With all the chemicals and pesticides that imbed the produce we consume, organic aware

Operating as usual

All good things must come to an end: the Organic Garden Center has closed but we still have a large selection of additiv...
01/26/2020

All good things must come to an end: the Organic Garden Center has closed but we still have a large selection of additives and other hydroponic essentials in its successor- OOA SECOND HAND OUTLET! If you have any questions about what we have left in stock or want to check out our selection of used aquarium equipment make sure to visit @ooasecondhandoutlet on Facebook or better yet stop by!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 🎆We will be open both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day - Please contact the shop for business hours, a...
12/30/2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 🎆
We will be open both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day - Please contact the shop for business hours, and have a safe and happy start to 2018!

Google celebrates the Queen of Gardens today!
11/29/2017
Gertrude Jekyll: The Queen of Gardens

Google celebrates the Queen of Gardens today!

Described as "a woman of innumerable talents," Jekyll has created over 400 gardens in the UK, Europe and the US.

Happy Columbus Day!! Come discover something new today at the shop! We are open!!
10/09/2017

Happy Columbus Day!! Come discover something new today at the shop! We are open!!

Happy Labor Day! We will be closing at 3pm today due to the holiday
09/04/2017

Happy Labor Day! We will be closing at 3pm today due to the holiday

We got into a little fender-bender this Monday afternoon, but everyone is fine, and we're still OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Pleas...
08/16/2017

We got into a little fender-bender this Monday afternoon, but everyone is fine, and we're still OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Please enter through our sister store, the Old Orchard Aquarium. Stay safe!!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! We will be open until 3:00pm today in honor of the holiday.
05/29/2017

Happy Memorial Day everyone! We will be open until 3:00pm today in honor of the holiday.

Everyone gets their sweetheart flowers for St. Valentine's Day, so why not try something different? Give your love the a...
02/13/2017

Everyone gets their sweetheart flowers for St. Valentine's Day, so why not try something different? Give your love the ability to grow their own flowers or start an herb or vegetable garden in the comfort of their own home!

Come check out our awesome new grow cabinet in the store! It's perfect for small, indoor growing and is sleek and effici...
01/20/2017

Come check out our awesome new grow cabinet in the store! It's perfect for small, indoor growing and is sleek and efficient.

Happy New Year everyone!! We are open today from 11am-7pm
01/02/2017

Happy New Year everyone!! We are open today from 11am-7pm

10/13/2016
Black GoldRehab Raised Beds Inside and Out for Better Garden Yields

Check out this article on raised beds by Black Gold Soils:
http://blackgold.bz/rehab-raised-beds-inside/?utm_source=OKD&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2016

Rehab Raised Beds Inside and Out September 29, 2016 4:55 pmBy: Maureen Gilmer Raised-bed hoops and row covers can help you protect crops from harsh growing conditions and winter cold. Second gardens are always better than first gardens. When those first gardens were your raised beds, then maybe it’...

Looking for ways to promote plant sustainability in Illinois? Look no further! Read about this volunteer opportunity and...
10/06/2016
In Their Own Words: The People of Plants of Concern

Looking for ways to promote plant sustainability in Illinois? Look no further! Read about this volunteer opportunity and then sign up to be a Plants of Concern Volunteer!

Plants of Concern volunteers come from many backgrounds, but all share a common denominator: not surprisingly, they are concerned about plants. So concerned are these citizen scientists, in fact, t…

Very cool article on an amazing garden in Seattle. Start planning your own sustainable garden, and see how we can help!
10/02/2016
The Sustainable Garden

Very cool article on an amazing garden in Seattle. Start planning your own sustainable garden, and see how we can help!

A homeowner turns her humble backyard into a sustainable garden filled with food, flowers, and a few farmland friends

Update on the Garden's co**se flower...
09/28/2016
Repotting Alice the Amorphophallus

Update on the Garden's co**se flower...

I have an update on Alice the Amorphophallus: Alice has been repotted and has a leaf sprout. Yes, Alice is alive and well, happily growing in the production greenhouses here at the Chicago Botanic …

Old Orchard Aquarium
09/28/2016
Old Orchard Aquarium

Old Orchard Aquarium

Want to help out at a local beach cleanup? One of our employees is hosting an event, and you're welcome to join! Check out the link below to get more information and sign up for the event.

Here is a short article about a study conducted by the Chicago Botanic Garden. Find out how location might be key for th...
09/26/2016
Expedition to Door County

Here is a short article about a study conducted by the Chicago Botanic Garden. Find out how location might be key for the survival of Pitcher's Thistle on the dunes of Lake Michigan.

Last June, I headed up to Door County, Wisconsin, with Kay Havens, our director of plant science and conservation,  for a 31-day trip to undertake our annual fieldwork. “A month at the beach!” you …

"Every time you make a retail purchase in Cook County, you are in effect investing to preserve a natural space within it...
09/19/2016
Illinois Native Plant Society

"Every time you make a retail purchase in Cook County, you are in effect investing to preserve a natural space within its forest preserves, which are available to you every day of the year." Perhaps these oases could act as an ounce of prevention...

"The Chicago area does not have mountains or what might be considered wilderness, but it does have prairies, savannas, forests, lakes and many species of wildlife. They're all part of our natural spaces, they're nearby and they're accessible."

I've been in Hawaii studying marine biology for the last four years, and while I can't complain about the weather there,...
09/16/2016
Why Leaves Change Color

I've been in Hawaii studying marine biology for the last four years, and while I can't complain about the weather there, I did miss the crisp fall air, the unmistakable smells of autumn and the dazzling harvest colors of the changing leaves. Still, I had enjoyed watching the leaves turn all my life without having any real scientific answers as to why the spectacular color transformation occurred... until now! Check out this short article on why leaves change color and get ready to enjoy the forests' costume changes on a deeper level.
https://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/pubs/leaves/leaves.shtm

f you are lucky, you live in one of those parts of the world where Nature has one last fling before settling down into winter's sleep. In those lucky places, as days shorten and temperatures become crisp, the quiet green palette of summer foliage is transformed into the vivid autumn palette of reds,...

Illinois Native Plant Society
09/16/2016
Illinois Native Plant Society

Illinois Native Plant Society

"Based at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Plants of Concern (POC) was launched in 2001 by the Garden and Audubon–Chicago Region, supported by Chicago Wilderness funding. The program brings together trained volunteers, public and private land managers, and scientists, with the support of federal, state, and local agencies. For more than 15 years, the POC volunteers—a generally mild-mannered but formidable force of citizen scientists—have monitored rare, threatened, and endangered plant populations in our region to assess long-term trends."

Good news for those of us trying to go green! A new molecular catalyst of strontium iridium oxide increases the speed of...
09/11/2016
Renewable energy breakthrough: Solar-powered reaction 100 times faster

Good news for those of us trying to go green! A new molecular catalyst of strontium iridium oxide increases the speed of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) 100 times, works well even in acid and uses much less iridium than traditional solar panels, which is both costly and rare. This is a great step in the right direction for solar power!

Researchers have developed a tough new catalyst that carries out a solar-powered reaction 100 times faster than ever before, works better as time goes on and stands up to acid.

A rare flower blooms in the most unexpected place!
09/08/2016
World of botany abuzz as rare orchid takes root on council rooftop

A rare flower blooms in the most unexpected place!

An extremely rare orchid has amazed botanists and environmentalists by taking root in central London for the first time – on the roof of a council rubbish dump. The green-winged orchid, which has purple flowers despite its name, was discovered on the grass-covered green roof of Islington council’s H...

Our own Chicago Botanic Garden is making strides in the right direction to eliminate invasive plant species. Find out mo...
09/07/2016
Changes to the Garden’s entrance plantings

Our own Chicago Botanic Garden is making strides in the right direction to eliminate invasive plant species. Find out more here:

It is our responsibility as citizens, but especially as practitioners in the fields of horticulture and botanical sciences, to be good stewards of the land and ensure that what we are growing in ou…

The "Plant Community Approach" may be an excellent way to plant your next garden. It allows populations of plants to use...
09/01/2016
A New Book Calls for a Revolution in Garden Design | Architectural Digest

The "Plant Community Approach" may be an excellent way to plant your next garden. It allows populations of plants to use competitive strategies to work to the benefit of the gardener. As an additional bonus, it also allows for less labor over time!

The authors of Planting in a Post-Wild World make the case for breaking with horticultural tradition to create sustainable landscapes that are no less beautiful

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9223 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL
60077

General information

15 Minutes from Downtown Chicago 2 Minutes from the Edens Expressway (I-94)

Opening Hours

Monday 12pm - 7pm
Tuesday 12pm - 8pm
Wednesday 12pm - 8pm
Thursday 12pm - 8pm
Friday 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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(847) 675-2722

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