118 S Villa Ave, Villa Park, IL | Directions 6018141.887068 -87.969188
Mon-Fri 9am-7pm ; Sat 9am-5pm ; Sun 10am-4pm ; Open 7 Days
One slight correction in "years in business": John Leston got Pioneer Garden & Feed up and running in 1965 not 1995. Previously it had been a supplier of feed and seed to the local farmers since around 1912 and since it still sells both vegetable, flower and grass seed plus small animal and bird feed, the county had named it the longest on-going business of its kind in DuPage County. Since John's passing a number of years ago, his son Ron took over the store and, with the botanical genius Bill, keeps the business going even in these hard economic times.
There are annual and perennial flowers, vegetables and herbs already growing and ready to plant, along with a beautiful selection of roses. For those who like sowing seed (very cost effective) right into a garden bed, there's a multitude of flower, vegetable and herb choices including heirloom and organic varieties.
Soil amendments for garden beds and soil or lawn improvement are readily available with expert advice on what and how much to use, whether mushroom compost, peat moss, or other. There are fertilizers for anything that grows, plus pest and weed controls.
Garden equipment includes hoses, handtools, plant cages, gardening gloves, plant markers, watering cans, spreaders, compost bins, even rain barrels and more. Full or half bales of straw are sold for numerous uses in a yard or garden.
The variety of collectibles and gift items make it fun and easy to find an item for a parent, neighbor of friend. Locally produced honey is available at times throughout the year. If you know someone who loves gnomes, cherubs, roosters, turtles, frogs, gargoyles, toadstools, windchimes, wall plaques, they'll find one at Pioneer. I've given gift certificates from Pioneer to friends so they could go choose exactly what they'd like.
They also offer a selection of concrete or plastic garden
geese with more outfits to choose from than my Aunt Maggie has. Lots of people hang seasonal banners near their front door. There's a good selections of these on hand, too.
Anyone who has small animals like hamster, canaries, and the like can buy high quality feed for them in bulk and I'm sure it would cost a little less that way. The modest packaging for the purchase is a brown paper bag (not plastic, styrofoam or cardboard).
Those of us who love feeding outdoor birds can buy medium or large bags of seveal varieties of bird seed or this can be bought in any smaller quantity (in those neat brown paper bags). I add 10# of in-the-shell peanuts to the seed I bring to Wisconsin. The bluejays and squirrels are very appreciative. Cardinals like a little extra safflower seed and finches love their own feeders filled with thistle seed. Just started offering the birds suet in a simple green suet cake holder and the birds all love it. Next, I'll add hummingbird feeders and see how that works.
Grass seed can be purchased in bulk like this, too. There are special mixes for shade and sunny areas. They even hand out info sheets to explain the right way to plant for optimal success.
This little store is like something out of the past. It would feel just right if there were a pot-bellied stove and a checker board out for playing. The guys know their stuff and can answer any gardening question or tell you if what you're thinking of doing will work or not. That must come from 46 years of experience.
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