State & National Guidance


State and National

Illinois Green Industry Association

GardenIllinois is part of a national initiative to inspire people to plant more. This initiative was founded by the Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA), inspired by the movement.  Green industry professionals that supported IGIA brought these resources to your fingertips to help you get your garden growing.

IGIA was a non-profit association founded in 1925, that existed to represent, promote, and protect nurseries, garden centers, and landscape professionals. In the spring of 2023, IGIA unified with the Illinois Landscape Contractors (ILCA) to strengthen the education opportunities, legislative and regulatory representation offered to members. 

Illinois Landscape Contractors Association

Since 1959, ILCA has provided representation to the landscape industry by providing members with the resources needed to enhance their performance and ensure continued growth and success. The Association’s mission is to enhance the professionalism and expertise of members by providing leadership, education, representation, and services while promoting environmental awareness and the value of the landscape industry.  ILCA has pledged to serve as a forum for the free exchange of ideas among landscape contractors, their suppliers and the government, working together for a greener, more beautiful Illinois.

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 nursery and landscape industry and provides necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers and the industry. The agency promotes agri-business locally, regionally and globally while regulating the field in a manner that protects Illinois consumers and its 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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