About UsAbout Us

The Gurnee Garden Center opened its doors in 1973. A young entrepreneur, Jerry Laux and his wife, Shirley, began small and leased land selling plants in the spring, fruits and vegetables in the summer and Pumpkins and apples in the fall. After 4 years they purchased land and began building the new Gurnee Garden Center, concentrating on spring and summer plants and fall crafts. Through the help of family members, the garden center grew, the varieties of plants grew, and of course, the staff grew, but still keeping with the same family atmosphere.  A few years ago, the Gurnee Garden Center was totally remodeled and offers a large, bright, airy atmosphere in which to browse and shop.

Annuals, Roses, Vegetables & Herbs

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The Gurnee Garden Center offers a wonderful selection of quality plants with the newest varieties. Since gardening should be fun and adventurous, every spring season you will find new perennials and new Proven Winners ® annuals. If it’s vegetable plants you fancy, choose from popular varieties of tomatoes, along with the heirloom plants which have once again gained popularity. There are many herbs for cooks looking to spice things up, or for those who just enjoy the aroma as the breeze blows the scent in the air.

As for you rose garden lovers, choices can be difficult with so many luscious roses available, so perhaps one of the new roses for 2013 might fit your needs. Hanging baskets have come along way from the old days, and now feature breathtaking combinations. With the big demand for container gardening, a super choice of Proven Winners ® annuals must be on hand. Supertunias, Million Bells or Lobelia cascading from your hanging basket or planter will definitely add color and beauty all summer long. Click here for more information about the plants we offer.


The Gurnee Garden Center has perennial specialists that can help you narrow down your choices of ground covers and stepables, native perennials, ornamental grasses, fruit vines, flowering vines, and other flowering plants such as Coreopsis, Daisies, Echinaceas, Garden Phlox, Salvia and more. Staff members are well trained, knowledgeable gardeners and each offers their own expertise, but with the common goal to make your garden experience easy and fun! Click here for more information.

Annual Craft Show

Gifts and Decorations

You can find many great gifts or items for decorating your own home at the Gurnee Garden Center Craft Show, which is always held the 1st weekend of October for 3 days. 2013 marks the 25th year for this large show of artisans and handmade crafts. Creative individuals who love what they do offer personalized Christmas ornaments, hand painted pictures, sculpture and other artforms, quilts, wearables and hundreds of unique items suited for the person who values handcrafted work. Click here to view more information.

Our Promise

We appreciate all of our customers. You are not only our clients, but also our friends – those who have shopped with us from the beginning, to the new customers each year brings. We’ll only sell the highest quality plants and products and we’ll help you create wonderful gardens at your home or business. 

Our Suppliers

Gurnee Garden Center Gift Cards

Gift cards are available in any amount and can be used during our spring season and have no expiration date.

Accepted Payment Types

We proudly accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover. We also accept payments by check.