State & National Guidance


State and National

Illinois Green Industry Association

GardenIllinois is part of a national initiative to inspire people to plant more. The Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA) provides this resource inspired by Green industry professionals supporting IGIA bring these resources to your fingertips to help you get your garden growing.

IGIA is a non-profit association representing members of the Illinois green industry. Founded in 1925, this association is one of the oldest agricultural organizations in the state. IGIA represents, educates, promotes, and protects nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers, irrigation contractors, landscape professionals, and other green industry businesses.

IGIA serves the industry by offering professional development, facilitating a business network for industry peers, and providing members with legislative updates. Members collectively are provided a voice that might be impossible for an individual business to achieve.

Plant Something™ 

This national organization dedicated to encouraging people to grow a richer lifestyle by putting down roots. Research shows the benefits of adding trees, shrubs, and flowers to landscape are vast and priceless.

State-by-state, person-by-person, and plant-by-plant, this nonprofit is educating and inspiring consumers to plant something that will carry forward a lifetime of benefit. For improved air quality, lower energy bills, increased home value, and a more satisfying, fulfilling lifestyle, planting something in landscape provides enormous benefits.

Get involved to Plant Something Illinois, starting just outside your door.

Illinois Department of Agriculture

This agency serves as an advocate for the Illinois agricultural industry and provides necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, the agricultural industry, and the natural resources of the state. The agency promotes agri-business regionally and locally while regulating the field in a manner that protects Illinois consumers and natural resources.

National Garden Bureau

The National Garden Bureau (NGB) is a non-profit organization that exists to educate, inspire, and motivate people to increase the use of plants in homes, gardens, and workplaces. With members who are experts in the field of horticulture, the bureau has worked for 100 years to educate and inspire home gardeners. The NGB blog is a good source for inspiration and educational tips.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

 The mission of Illinois Department of Natural Resources is to manage, conserve, and protect Illinois natural, recreational, and cultural resources, furthering public understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promoting the education, science, and public safety of Illinois natural resources for present and future generations.

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