Reds' Story

Reds Garden Center is a family-owned business that has been serving Chicago's North Shore community since 1968. Beginning as a farm market selling fruits and vegetables from its 6-acre Northbrook site, the operation expanded a year later to include nursery and firewood sales. Shortly after the nursery business began, founder Wallace "Red" Poehls (1926–2008) purchased farmland in Lake Zurich and began growing his own nursery stock, enabling Reds Garden Center to provide quality plants at the best possible price. A gift shop specializing in home and garden décor and outdoor everything was added in 1994, and shortly thereafter Reds began to offer complete landscape and design services. In early 2002, Reds acquired the property formerly occupied by North Wheel Farm and once again expanded the inventory of plant material and garden supplies to include a huge selection of annuals, perennials, over 40 varieties of roses, and a new homegrown vegetable market.

Today, Reds Garden Center is operated by Red's daughters who take pride in providing superior plant material and personal service.

Reds Garden Center has the experience to help you create a successful landscape scheme for your home or business site. Whether you know exactly what you're looking for — or you need all the help you can get — Reds' team of friendly, knowledgeable garden experts will guide you to the perfect selection based upon your individual needs.

Reds' Team is ready to "talk green" year-round. Stop in to say hello, take a walk through our interconnected greenhouses and see the extraordinary collections of plants we have stocked for you, and start planning your gardening for the season. We're located in Northbrook on Dundee Road between Landwehr and Sanders Roads, directly across from Sportsman's Golf Club.


We are always looking for qualified individuals to join our growing team.

Part Time Inside Sales:   Do you enjoy working with people? Are you outgoing and energetic? Come join the sales team at Reds Garden Center! We are looking for a seasonal (March – December) inside sales person (part time). Responsibilities include communicating with customers regarding our product line. We will train the right candidate.

Outside Seasonal Help:   Do you love working outside with flowers? Do you enjoy helping people? Stop in and and fill out an application. We are looking for seasonal help and would love to have you join our team!

Please send your resume to or call (847) 272-1209 and ask for Jeff.

We provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all team members and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. Reds Garden Center hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the position to be filled.