Edgewater neighborhood resident Regas Chefas started out as a young boy alongside his father selling seasonal pumpkins and Christmas trees at a local lot on Devon Ave. It didn't take long for him to catch the horticulturist "bug" for nurturing all things green and growing. This passion carried on throughout his life.
Fast forward to adulthood and in the same neighborhood where he spent most of his childhood, Chefas, with the help of family members and a neighborhood friend, in 1977 opened Gethsemane Garden Center. At that time they sold annuals, perennials, soil and vegetables. Over the years as the Center expanded, Chefas along with his wife Kathleen Tennison-Chefas, added trees, shrubs, a garden statuary, water fountains, a 5,000 sq. ft greenhouse for tropical plants, and an upscale retail gift shop which has been managed by Tennison-Chefas.
Today and at almost 40 years later, Gethsemane continues to thrive. It has grown from one lot in the beginning, to a sprawling two city blocks long which also includes an extensive offering of high quality edible plants, professional gardening consulting services, decorative accessories and furniture for outdoor living spaces. Gethsemane has earned respect and popularity with local gardeners alike and is one of the largest independent garden centers in the Midwest.
Right now is the best time to stop in Gethsemane Garden Center to find the best selection of perennials, annuals and edible vegetable plants, berries and herbs of all kinds. And if you're a home craft beer brewer, you can even find hops plants.
While supplies last, don't forget to take wth you a complimentary issue of the current issue of Edible Chicago.
Gethsemane Garden Center is located in the Andersonville/Edgewater neighborhood and is opened year round: 5739 N. Clark St., Chicago; 773.878.5915.
Informational Source: Andersonville.org
Photographs: Ann Flood