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In the middle of winter, as we are now, it takes some creativity to escape the doldrums!

With sharp cold winds and snow blanketing the ground and the trees deep in slumber, its difficult to conger up the leafy green jungle that will emerge in just a few months. But planning is underway and orders are being placed and we are still working on making it the best spring yet.

We've had some wonderfully clear nights to gaze up into the stars.

Ever wonder what trees and the Milky Way have in common?  They both grow from the inside out!  All the newest stars in the Milky Way are farthest from the center, just like the new wood under the bark is formed farthest from the tree center.  The Milky Way has growth rings just like a tree.

Here are a couple of links to read after coming in from the cold, just for fun!

Check out our winter evergreen special below, too! 

  In a study entitled
"Urban Trees and Forests of the Chicago Region", by USDA, did you know that native Oak species comprise only 12% of the forest canopy in McHenry County?  Oaks provide the greatest carbon sink and compensatory value, but are the smallest in number
and declining at an alarming
and accelerating rate.

Please call Mary Tree with any questions about plants and availability.

(815) 943-8733

Got questions about OAKS? 

We can help.
Got questions about sticks?
Got questions about smells in the nursery?

Acorn to 8 month seedling!

Mick, Tana and Jagger by a
2,400 month old white oak
Native Oaks  
support 435 species of caterpillars and 
provide 90% of protein for baby birds. 
(Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy)
Birds are important in seed dispersal and pest control to keep higher native plant diversity and lower pest levels.

We are undeniably creatures of the Earth, whose fate and future is utterly dependent on the well-being of the whole web into which we are woven. 
Ann O'Hara Graff
In November 2009,
Glacier Oaks Nursery
had an acorn debut

in a short National Geographic article (right). 

They requested a box of acorns for the photo shoot that got planted and are now trees about the size of the ones from the same crop in our fields (below).

Its a 5-7 year process to grow a sturdy oak solid enough for your planting projects!

Reserve your spring oaks this Fall and get 5 free oak seedlings next spring when you pick up!   


for your convenience we accept:
Oaks of McHenry County

a film by  
Artland Story Group

Check out the outstanding work of the

Land Conservancy of McHenry County!   

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Sustainable nursery practices are better for your trees and better for the environment. 

Glacier Oaks RootKeeperŪ 

Native Trees and Shrubs  



  are propagated and grown using these methods -producing native trees that are easy to transplant and start growing!


Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and esthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient.  A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.  It is wrong when it tends otherwise.

Aldo Leopold "The Land Ethic"

McHenry County Nursery/Glacier Oaks Nursery | 8501 White Oaks Rd | Harvard | IL | 60033