For Long-Term Flourishing, Our Mums Are the Word

Sep. 16th, 2019 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

One of the joys of horticulture is nurturing growth that lasts—those long-blooming, hardy plants that thrive through the end of the season.

At first glance, you may consider mums at big-box stores as the quintessential example of this sustained beauty. However, it’s only a matter of (just a little) time before you discover that what is in bloom now is sure to wilt and become brown. The reason this occurs is that these mums were likely grown in warm greenhouses to flush leaf growth and then chilled to force blooms to set earlier than is natural. 

The Watering Paradox

Aug. 14th, 2019 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me they water their turf every other day for 15 minutes per zone, I’d be able to take a much-needed vacation.

A common belief among homeowners is that in order to keep your grass green and healthy, you need to water frequently, yet not much at a time, to avoid overwatering.  However, more negative than positive comes from this frequent, shallow watering:

For Mother’s Day & Beyond

May. 6th, 2019 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, May 12th, and now that spring has (finally) arrived, it’s time to set roots with new plantings almost as beautiful as mom herself.  Flowering shrubs, specimen ornamentals, a plethora of perennials and flowers, organic soils and amendments – the time is now. 

And this year, when you visit our Center at 2001 Des Plaines Ave. (just a half-mile south of the Forest Park Plaza), you will find a new, refreshed look to our layout. 

Every Day is Earth Day: Backing Our Bees

Apr. 23rd, 2019 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Earth Day, officially, was this past Monday.

But at McAdam, we take our role as environmental stewards seriously and see every day as an opportunity to protect our planet.

That includes preserving and protecting bees. One of the most vulnerable species, bees benefit from two apiaries on the grounds of our headquarters. Here are other fascinating facts about these pollinators, as found at


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