An 80th-Year Celebration Gives Back to the Community

Napervill, IL, August 21, 2016 --( The Growing Place Garden Center celebrates 80 years as a local, family-owned business in 2016. They are throwing a party to thank customers and staff and to give back to the community on Saturday, August 27, 2016 12:00-4:00pm at the Naperville location—25w471 Plank Rd, Naperville, IL 60563.

Oak, the traditional gift for an 80th anniversary, fits perfectly with The Growing Place and their 80th Year Celebration Party. “We are so appreciative of everyone that has been part of our success,” says Rich Massat, co-owner of The Growing Place. “From our customers to our staff, we know it’s because of these great people that our business has grown and flourished. They are a part of The Growing Place family.”

“On August 27, we’re throwing a party to say thank you to everyone,” says Becca Massat, Marketing Manager and daughter of Rich and Carol Massat. “We’ll have sales, giveaways and some special surprises for our customers but we also wanted to give something back to the community.”

Party-goers can purchase raffle tickets and bid on plants and other items in the garden center to help raise money for Families Helping Families. “It’s a grassroots neighborhood organization right here in DuPage County. They provide apartments and services to homeless families while they are getting back on their feet,” says Carol Massat, co-owner of The Growing Place. All of the proceeds from the raffle and silent auction will be donated to Families Helping Families. Of course, in keeping with tradition, one of the raffle items is an oak tree.

Along with the fundraiser, attendees can sign up to make a stepping stone at 12:30, 1:30 or 2:30pm (cost: $19.36), sample wines from around the world, (bottles available for purchase), cool off with ice cream treats, play “Plant Bingo” for plant prizes, and enjoy live music from a Dulcimer duet. Carol Massat, the driving force behind the Learning Gardens, will also be leading impromptu TGP Heirloom Garden Walks throughout the afternoon. The full schedule is listed on the website:

About The Growing Place Nursery & Flower Farm, Inc.
The Growing Place celebrates its 80th year in 2016. With two locations, one on Plank Road in Naperville and the other on Montgomery Road in Aurora, the family-owned, independent garden center serves customers from local communities. In 1936, Emma and Fritz Glatzhofer opened Emma's Perennials, specializing in field-grown perennials, at the current Naperville location on Plank Road. In 1973, their nephew, Rich Massat, and his wife, Carol, took the reins and expanded the nursery. They changed the name in 1976 to The Growing Place and committed to deliver uncompromising quality, selection and customer care. The Aurora production farm and retail garden center was opened in 1989. Both locations feature beautiful display gardens, called Learning Gardens, with nearly 1,000 varieties and user-friendly signage to educate and help spark imaginations. To learn more, visit the website at
The Growing Place
Becca Massat