Mum’s The Word

Alsip Home & Nursery is the biggest and best Independently owned Garden Center in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area. Our stores are known for miles around, and for the last 47 years customers have been coming here to get the best quality and selection of plants of all types. Our customers have been voting us best annually, with their wallets and online reader polls for local businesses.

Back in 2008, we bought out our largest vendor, a greenhouse that grew wholesale flowers, hanging baskets, vegetable plants and mums. We retained the Head Grower as an employee. He has over 35 years of growing experience and in our opinion is one of the best growers in the country. We took that same Alsip Nursery, high quality standard and applied it to our greenhouse business. We grow our beautiful plants and ship them into our Alsip Home & Nursery stores on a near daily basis.

Notre Dame's stadium, where Kingsbury Acres' mums are proudly on displayWorld Famous Mums

One of the things that we are well known for is our mum crop. It is actually World Famous. Anyone who is familiar with watching Notre Dame football games has probably noticed the yellow mums that line both sidelines. We have been supplying them for the last 5 seasons. When I turn on their home games, I often zone out on the action and pause it right when the mums are in full view in order to take a screenshot to send to my friends and family. It is such a cool honor to be a part of that iconic stadium and it’s amazing history with Touchdown Jesus overlooking the stadium and the mums and all of their glory.

We Do Things a Bit Differently

We grow our mums differently than other growers. Most are growing to maximize space and quantities that they can grow in the area that they have, and also to fit as many onto a truck to ship more dollars. What we do is completely unconventional. Most growers space theirs 18” apart in the one gallon pot size. We space ours 24” apart, and that makes all the difference in the world. Less flat sides, and more large round balls that resemble a globe of color. The head size on our mums is also usually at least 30% bigger than the competition's. Sure, we don’t grow as many in our given space or ship as many on a truck (we fit 896 on a full semi and Notre Dame always orders 900), but our quality is the best and our customers know it!

This weekend is the perfect time to come in and choose from the best overall selection and see our mums in our stores in all of their glory. They are at that perfect stage of just starting to crack color so that you can enjoy them for the longest possible amount of time. We carry several different sizes and price points. When it comes to doing your fall decorating, don’t settle for cheap, mass produced mums. Pick up a big round ball of fall color that will make your neighbors jealous.

-Rich Christakes
Alsip Home & Nursery CEO
Indiana State Certified Horticulturist