Cultivate Urban Rainforest is your go-to garden center and plant shop in Evanston.
Cultivate often feels more like a conservatory than a plant shop in Evanston. We search an ever-expanding list of growers and suppliers to track down the odd and unusual—like carnivorous plants and air plants—as well as the tried and true, like everyone’s favorite perennials. At Cultivate you’ll see orchids that will surprise you, succulents that will astound you, and rarely seen specimens that will take your breath away. We are also excited to offer a selection of house plants that are non-toxic for cats and dogs, as well as terrariums and other enclosures that will help keep plants and companion animals safe from each other.
At Cultivate, we believe that art and nature belong in both the home and the garden, so our selection of plants, furnishings, and gifts includes items for every indoor and outdoor space you can imagine. In addition to high-quality imported and salvaged furniture, we have pots for your indoor and outdoor plants, ferns, vintage prints, 100% organic soil, glassware, gardening books, and so much more. We could be your one-stop shop for all things home and garden. To get a feel for all that we have to offer, just click here to see a 360-degree virtual tour of the shop on Google. Then, hit the road and come on by: Our beautiful oasis is ready to welcome you!
Become a Plant Expert
Everyone has an inner green thumb. Most house plants will thrive with a little attention to their specific requirements.
An air plant can live almost anywhere with a little light and even less maintenance. Display an air plant in a teacup, tuck one into a bit of driftwood, or simply place it on shelf or a desk. As long as you give them medium to bright light and a weekly soak in a bowl of water (more frequently when winter reduces the humidity), they can thrive for years. An occasional dose of orchid food can even induce them to bloom!
Give your succulents a minimum of 6 hours in direct sunlight. A southern- or western-facing window with little obstruction is preferred. When watering, let soil dry and remain dry 2-3 days between waterings. (Water once every few weeks for a small pot; wait longer between waterings for a larger one). When watering, water thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain out bottom of pot. (During the winter, water less often.) Container must have drainage. Do not be alarmed if lower-level leaves wilt and fall off. This is not indicative of under-watering. The outermost foliage is the best indicator of succulent health.
With a couple exceptions, ferns are allergic to direct sunlight. Like most house plants, ferns are from the forest floor, where light is filtered and the soil rarely dries out. So with a little bit of attention paid to their moisture needs, ferns adapt well to indoor conditions. Plant ferns in a well composted, soilless medium (the one we use and sell is a very rich organic mix) and water them when a finger stuck one knuckle deep into the pot comes out dry. With the occasional cool water shower to rinse their leaves, most ferns will reward you with lush green foliage for years.