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Gardening today is about building your landscape around your lifestyle, for a seamless integration of health and happiness. Your yard is an extension of your home: make it feel vibrant, cozy, and stylish with plants that perform multiple functions & look gorgeous too!

Enjoy watching nature?
We’ll show you how to attract pollinators and songbirds.

Love eating well?
We’ll show you how to cultivate a bountiful harvest.

Need to relax outside with the family?
We'll show you how to add brilliant color to your patio containers.


Green Side Up

Gardening doesn't always come naturally! This video series brings our professional recommendations right to your finger tips. These short instructional videos cover a range of topics and are hosted by our staff experts.

When should you cut back your perennials? Erin answers your questions and tells you why! Keep your plants healthy and the wildlife they support too!
Join Janet in designing a one of a kind evergreen pot to last all winter long! Cuttings love the cold and need to be watered occasionally, but care is a breeze. If you aren't feeling crafty, stop by for a pre-made arrangement or order one custom!

We interviewed local & national experts from the conservation and gardening community on the best ways to attract pollinators to your yard! Learn why this is so important and how to build a thriving ecosystem outside your own front door.


Health & Wellness

Spending time in nature is essential to human health, and something we deeply crave. We evolved in the great outdoors and still get a deep sense of peace and belonging from wild spaces. Sometimes we run away to distant locations to find this connection, but it’s easier than you might think to bring wilderness into your backyard.

Recreate that sense of wonder by moving from a formal landscape into a more natural design. You can still have a highly stylized yard with native flowers and grasses, and attract pollinators too! Kids love observing animal life-cycles and won’t even realize how much they are learning. You’ll be doing your part to help conserve wildlife habitat and feeling great as a result!

Being in wild spaces is important for mental health and can reduce depression, anxiety, & attention deficit disorder, while improving self-esteem & compassion. In a world full of screens, finding a way to make nature part of your daily life can make a significant impact on your wellbeing and that of the planet!

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Food

Even after you pick them, fruits & veggies stay alive by eating their own nutrient content! That’s why consuming them directly after harvest is so much better for you than buying them weeks old at the grocery store. Planting a "foodscape" is an excellent way to make sure you’re getting the highest quality produce, and ensures that you’re in control of managing pests and soil health.

Many kids that claim to dislike vegetables will enjoy eating the ones that they helped to grow. Flavor is greatly affected by freshness too, and with varietal selection you can grow plants the store doesn’t even offer!

Think outside the box: the veggie garden doesn’t have to be rows in the backyard. Food plants can easily be integrated into the existing landscape for beauty with function too. For a gorgeous large shrub with tasty fruits, try Serviceberry. For a groundcover, why not sweet potatoes or strawberries? Add texture and color with Red Russian Kale. The possibilities are infinite!

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Houseplants

Ambiance isn’t the only thing houseplants offer. Keeping plants in your home is scientifically proven to improve indoor air quality, boost your mood, and ward off illness! Many of the products in your home such as furniture and clothing are treated with chemicals, so they will off-gas into the air over time. As natural humidifiers, plants will also filter airborne microbes and keep down dust particles! Whatever your worries, adding houseplants is a straightforward way to keep the home safe for the whole family!

Most everyone likes to get outside, but sometimes we don’t have a choice in the matter. Office jobs can be tough on the body in many ways, but bringing plants in can at least aid in decreasing stress & anxiety. With studies showing they can also improve productivity, concentration, creativity, & memory, you might want to consider trying them in the office too.

From the easy ZZ Plant in the dark corner to the crafty terrarium in the sunroom, you’ll reap benefits from indoor plantings no matter how green your thumb!

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Healing

Horticulture has long been used for therapy and healing purposes. Being outdoors calms the nerves and reminds us how small we are in the scheme of things. Outdoor gardening can be an excellent practice as you age, since it is known to reduce the risk for dementia by 36%!

But aside from restoring our sense of balance and purpose, it can also reduce recovery time from illness & accidents. For your aunt in the hospital, a houseplant might be more than a novelty gift… it’s a heartfelt gesture that can subtly help her heal. Studies also show that gardening aids in reducing behavioral problems and improves social abilities. If your child is challenged in the classroom, playing in the woods & helping mom in the vegetable garden could actually improve school performance!

And don’t forget about aromatherapy and natural medicine! Many herbs can help us passively or be crafted into nurturing concoctions for holistic healthcare.

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Plant THIS not That!

Many frequently used landscaping plants are attractive but also problematic. That Burning Bush you love so much for fall color; actually an invasive species. Substituting it with a native Aronia or Chokeberry can make a big impact for wildlife & still puts on quite a show. The classical ornamentals tend to originate from Asia or other continents, and therefore have little purpose or context in our landscapes other than curb appeal.

Fortunately, there are Missouri and North American native substitutes for all of these problem plants that look just as good and support our local ecosystem too!

click the GrowNative! link below to see more native substitutes

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