For those of you indecisive gift givers, have we got a deal for you and the gardener on your list. From Saturday, December 10th through closing time on Christmas eve, purchase a $100 gift card for the plant enthusiast on your shopping list and receive a complimentary $10 gift card as our Thank You, for you to use however you would like.

Container gardening doesn't have to stop when the growing season is over. Stop in and take advantage of seasonal evergreen boughs, branches, berries and hardy shrubs to keep your pots beautiful into the New Year!
Bring in your containers or purchase new ones here. Our greenhouse staff is here to guide you through the process of creating your own winter arrangement!! We have all of the supplies, so there's no need to stress about the mess!
Short on time?? Just bring us your containers to plant for you, or pick up a pre-made combo pot that you can drop right into your existing pots! Winter gardening couldn't be any easier!

We know it's very difficult to walk through the big box stores and see the inexpensively priced poinsettias this time of year and not be enticed into buying. Keep in mind, there is a difference. These plants are grown in large quantities under conditions that allow them to grow quickly and therefore, these plants are typically very soft and prone to breakage. They are referred to as unpinched, meaning no cutting back during the growing process which would produce a much stockier and stronger poinsettia. As our photo shows, many if not all poinsettias offered in the discount stores are packed on to big racks and left in a plastic wrap which after several days of being left this way, causes leaf drop and blemishes on the bracts, a cultural phenomenon known as epinasty. Furthermore, it's a common practice of the box stores to pay for only those plants that cross the scanner at the checkout line, leaving the grower without their full compensation for growing the crop.

In the early years of Rolling Ridge, it was quite the fashion to use a live, (with a rootball) evergreen to use as a focal point for Christmas season activities. Over the years, this practice has subsided with the introduction of cut Fraser Firs and their wonderful fragrance and with the popularity of artificial. However, there seems to be a resurgence of sorts with bringing this tradition back as a new generation like the idea of live, but would prefer to have a tree that can be planted when the holidays are over. We have brought in a nice selection of 4' Spruce trees that are nice and full with good tapers, that will make nice decorated trees and can then be moved outdoors for planting. Typically, winter planting of evergreens, such as these, can be quite successful.

A common issue we see at our nursery are customers having problems with their indoor plants dropping leaves and becoming less attractive

Native Plant Program

Present a featured Native Plant Program for Spring 2016

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: