With the start of winter, our feathered friends might need a little help making it through till spring.
Bird Feeding is a fun and relaxing hobby that can provide you with hours of enjoyment. It's always a good idea to put the feeder in a very visible and easily accessible place for filling. If you can't see the feeder, you won't know when it needs refilling. 

We are lucky here in our area because we have such a wide variety of birds that live here year round, as well as many migrating species.

Birds, like people, have certain foods that they prefer, but they are not going to starve just because you don't have their favorite food in your feeder!

Most song birds prefer Black Oil Sunflower Seed. The large kernel and the high oil content help to insulate the birds from the cold. An alternative is Safflower Seed, which is a little smaller seed, white in color, that has both oil and a kernel inside. Some birds will eat shell and all so it could be considered a "low mess" seed. Another advantage of using Safflower is that squirrels don't like the taste, and will usually find something else to eat. Click the picture to read more...

Calling all Plant Moms and Dads!
This class is for you!

Update to article posted September 2017: As expected but not hoped for, the sufficient rains have not happened. Therefore, if you did any planting this past couple of months, it is imperative that you water NOW during this drought.  The lack of rain and the gusty winds are the worst combination of weather events for newly planted trees, shrubs and especially evergreens. So any time possible,  when temperatures are above 40 degrees during the winter, our advice is to irrigate. Our guarantee states explicitly, that we do not cover plants that have died due to "Acts of God" weather events such as drought, flood, tornado etc.. This winter is shaping up to be dry,  similar to last year,  and come spring, dessicated plants are easy for us to spot.  Keep your plants healthy this winter and water.

  So far, the fall of 2017 is following in line with the two previous autumns in the rain department. We keep a daily log of weather here at Rolling Ridge and looking back, we find only one measurable rain event during the month of September and have to go all the way back to August 22nd, the day after the eclipse to find a decent soaking rain. Click to read more...

Please mark your calendars for Saturday,  February 10th  as we prepare for our 59th spring season and our 3nd annual Spring Gardening Expo! We will host industry experts who will cover gardening topics, education, demonstrations, and seed-starting for kids. We'll have refreshments and prizes on hand.

We feel honored to host this event, and we're even more excited about some of the people who will join us to usher in spring!

-Local Landscape Designers
-Local Growers
-Local Green Industry Experts
-Naturalist + Plant Societies
-Kids Seed Starting
 

Native Plant Program

Present a featured Native Plant Program for Spring 2017


featuring 8 lower Midwest native milkweed species:

  • Asclepias incarnatamarsh milkweed
  • Asclepias purpurascens – purple milkweed
  • Asclepias sullivantii – Sullivant’s milkweed
  • Asclepias syriaca – common milkweed
  • Asclepias tuberosa – butterfly milkweed
  • Asclepias verticillata – whorled milkweed
  • Asclepias viridiflora – green milkweed
  • Asclepias viridis – spider milkweed


featuring 11 plant species and associated native pollinators:

  • Baptisia australis – blue wild indigo
  • Hydrangea arborescens – wild hydrangea
  • Liatris scariosa – blazing star
  • Monarda fistulosa – bee balm
  • Packera obovata – golden groundsel
  • Penstemon digitalis – foxglove beardtongue
  • Pycnanthemum tenuifolium – slender mountain mint
  • Solidago speciosa – showy goldenrod
  • Symphyotrichum oblongifolium – aromatic aster
  • Vernonia arkansana – curlytop ironweed
  • Zizia aptera – heartleaf golden Alexander

To learn more about native plants and landscape application opportunites: www.grownative.org