Did you know that the lawn and garden industry in the United States is a $55 billion industry?*
It's true! At left, a crowd of shoppers add to those billions on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in May at Lowe's Garden Center in Springfield, Missouri. Compare that $55 billion to the $10 billion generated by the U.S. CD industry. Holy petunia, does that mean gardeners are hip and cool?
Whatever the figures, gardening is nowhere any livelier than in our part of the U.S. Our generous 190-day growing season means we can grow a wonderful range of plants. We also have an amazing array of plantsellers (more than 70 inside the Springfield city limits alone). Also--and are you ready for this?--Springfield ranks third in the nation in per capita expenditures for lawn and garden supplies and services, right behind Spokane, Washington, and Portland, Oregon**
*National Gardening Association
** 2005 Missouri University Extension Annual Report
Here are some area growers and plantsellers we think you might like knowing about. No, these aren't advertisements, just sellers we've encountered in our own shopping and found to be outstanding.
This page lists the individual plantsellers along with a photo, info, and a link to each. Visitors who have seen this page before or otherwise would like quicker access to the sellers may click on any of these links: Blackberry Lane Gardens, Bob Town Blossoms, Campbell's Fresh Market, Carson's Nurseries, C. F. Meadows, D&K Flowers Etc., Earth Mother Gardens, Evelyn's Flowers, Fassnight Creek Farm, Hamilton Farms, Heirloom Gardens, James River Farmers Market, Jones Farm, King Tree Farm, Leo and Laura White, Netzer Farms, Ozark Cottage Gardens, Paris Springs Creations, Peggy's Flowers, The Plant Ranch, Rocks to Roses, The Renners, Schaffitzel's Greenhouse, Spring Fever Greenhouse, Steinert's Greenhouse & Gardens, TerRonKat, Thayer Farms, Wally World, Wickman's Garden Village.
|Blackberry Lane Gardens|
Mike and Paula Sherwood grow ornamental plants and certified organic vegetables and berries on 13 acres at Crane, Missouri. And for good measure, they also grow perfectly gorgeous hanging baskets. We like everything they do, and you might, too. For more, come on in....
BLACKBERRY LANE GARDENS
|Bob Town Blossoms|
Don and Sandy Bauer and their son Ben grow superb plant stock at their Bob Town Blossoms operation near Halfway, Missouri. Despite the exceptional beauty of their plant stock, Don says he's not a horticulturist. "I just know enough to be dangerous."
BOB TOWN BLOSSOMS
|Campbell's Fresh Market|
Mike & Lana (pronounced "Lai-na") Campbell of Campbell's Fresh Market grow a terrific bounty of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables on 65 acres near Clever, Missouri. They bring other goodies to market, too. Have a look.
CAMPBELL'S FRESH MARKET
Carson's Nurseries, one of Springfield, Missouri's oldest nursery operations, is doing well with a new owner and a new look. Come in and enjoy....
Erica and Bruce Holland grow mushrooms for restaurants, markets, and home cookery, too, at their C.F. Meadows operation in Norwood. What's more, they can teach you how to grow your own.
|D&K Flowers Etc.|
D&K Flowers was one of those roadside plant stands that can turn up some novel--and terrific--gardening surprises. For a look, come on in.
|Earth Mother Gardens|
Earth Mother Gardens owners Lynda and Jim Franco no longer sell at the Greater Springfield Farmers' Market, but we have to keep them on the website because their contributions to Ozarks gardening have been too creative and too valuable to let go. Their specialty has been herb, spice, and ornamental plants with a big emphasis on "native." The herbs include the basic culinary and medicinal favorites, plus many harder-to-find species and varieties. Expect to find here many of the most interesting, most useful, most worthwhile plants to be found in the Ozarks. Enjoy.
EARTH MOTHER GARDENS
Evelyn Beersman shares a laugh with a friend at the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market. Evelyn and husband Henry are Evelyn's Flowers, a delight especially for iris lovers.
|Fassnight Creek Farm|
Fassnight Creek Farm is quite a story--a working 14-acre farm at 1366 S. Fort in Springfield, right in the heart of the city. And what that farm produces is worth knowing, so come on in....
FASSNIGHT CREEK FARM
Hamilton Farms in Hurley grew an especially engaging mix of plants, thanks to owner Jack Hamilton, who sold at the Battlefield Mall Farmer's Market in Springfield, Missouri. Jack has sold the business now and the firm no longer sells at the market, but we're keeping Jack's info because it's worthwhile.
Ron and Lisa Capps grow a world of heirloom produce in Cape Fair, Missouri, and bring it to market in Springfield, and there's more to boot. To meet this affable couple, click below.
|James River Farmers Market|
We're excited. The Ozarks have yet another new farmers market, the James River Farmers Market, and it promises to be a dandy. Here's a preview of the market and its vendors. We think you'll like it, but you can decide for yourself with a closer look....
JAMES RIVER FARMERS MARKET
Ted and Ginny Jones on their farm north of Springfield, Missouri, grow a solid range of produce for sale at the Farmers Market. And they throw in a few extras worth seeing, as well. Have a look.
|King Tree Farm|
Richard King (in the red jacket) and Bryan Clough grow excellent herbs and other treats in Ozark, Missouri and bring them all to the James River Farmers Market on Saturdays. We think you'll like what they have to offer. So come on in.
KING TREE FARM
|Leo and Laura White|
Leo and Laura White, with the help of their daughter Ashley, grow over 300 varieties of hosta, 90 varieties of tomatoes, 40 varieties of peppers, and some ornamentals They do it all on a double lot at their Springfield, Missouri, home. "It's controlled mania," says Leo.
LEO AND LAURA WHITE
Netzer Farms owner-grower Roland Netzer raises organic tomatoes, green beans, peppers, onions, and potatoes on 5 acres northwest of Springfield, MO. Known throughout the Ozarks, this remarkable man also founded one of the region's biggest farmers' market and authored the delightful book of Ozarks sayings he's holding. For more, come on in.
|Ozark Cottage Gardens|
The gent in the yellow ballcap is David Smashey, an easygoing, extremely knowledgable gent who for a time grew some remarkable plants in his Ozark Cottage Gardens near Bolivar, Missouri. We're told that David is no longer in the plant business, but we're keeping some of his achievements online anyway. To see why, come on in.
OZARK COTTAGE GARDENS
|Paris Springs Creations|
Paris Springs Creations was the brainchild of mother and daughter Treva Hoggard and Kris McCoy, whose fresh cut flowers, bouquets, and dried flower arrangments are truly something to see.
PARIS SPRINGS CREATIONS
To put it plainly, Lee Coates and his wife Peggy grow some of the most beautiful plant stock in this part of the country, or anywhere. Just take a look.
|The Plant Ranch|
"I just try to hit what the customers like," says Richard Vassar, an environmental chemist who grows a diversity of flowers and produce at The Plant Ranch near Rogersville, with the help of his sister Annette.
THE PLANT RANCH
|Rocks to Roses|
Rocks to Roses was an inventive enterprise by rose grower Sam McGowan. Sam, shown here with his prize '53 Studebaker pickup, sold his remarkable rose creations at the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market in Springfield, Missouri. He no longer sells at the Market, but we're keeping him listed here because his work is still well worth seeing.
ROCKS TO ROSES
"Just call us the Renners," said Kaye Renner. They don't have a fancy name or make a big fuss about it, but Kaye and her husband Bob grow some very tasty produce on eight gardens in Marshfield, Missouri--including a surprise or two.
One of the Ozarks' oldest nurseries, Schaffitzel's Greenhouse in Springfield, Missouri, has a character all its own. Come see.
|Spring Fever Greenhouse|
Olee Jobe is a familiar face to many local gardeners who grew to know him during his years with the Springfield Seed Co. Now he and his wife Sharon are busy full-time growing and selling ornamentals, perennials, gourds, rare heirloom tomatoes, and some intriguing specialty plants.
SPRING FEVER GREENHOUSE
|Steinert's Greenhouse & Gardens|
Just beyond the city limits of Springfield, Missouri, is one of the Ozarks' busiest and most colorful nurseries. To see how Steinert's Greenhouse & Gardens wins friends and influences gardeners, see inside.
STEINERT'S GREENHOUSE & GARDENS
Kathy and Ron Murray, brother and sister, grow beautiful produce near Fair Play, Missouri, for sale at the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market, and they turn out quite a variety. Have a look.
| ||Thayer Farms|
Carl and Lisa Thayer of Thayer Farms,who have a sense of humor, grow an impressive array of produce on their four-acre farm. They sell at the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market in the Battlefield Mall parking lot.
Thayer Farms up close
| ||Wally World|
You may have heard of Wal-Mart. We think they're worth mentioning here because at times they do nice things garden-wise. This store on West Bypass in Springfield created this display all of petunias. A ton of work, and guess what, they didn't hafta.
Wal-Mart Garden Center
|Wickman's Garden Village|
In business since 1922, Wickman's Garden Village is one of the oldest and most successful nurseries in Springfield, Missouri--and for good reason. Come see.
WICKMAN'S GARDEN VILLAGE
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