Family-owned garden center about a mile West of the Eden's Expressway (94) Touhy exit. Growing up, going to Meinke's was an annual ritual for my mom and I for summer garden annuals, and for Halloween pumpkins. Knowledgeable staff and personal attention a step beyond a chain store. Extensive selection of flowers, vegetables, herbs and other plants, but not really the place for decorative items, fountains or fancy pots. Go to the Pottery Barn for those things--come here for healthy, unqiue plants for your garden. Lines can be long on Saturday mornings and parking limited, come during off peak times.
PROS: Extensive selection of plants, knowledgable staff
CONS: Limited parking, crowded on summer weekends