After a rough Midwestern winter, many St. Louisans want nothing more than to get outside and get their hands in the dirt. Find inspiration among the aisles of perennial, annuals, and shrubs at one of the area’s great garden centers. Knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and show you the latest tools and gizmos designed to help you achieve your dreams of garden glory.

Garden Heights Nursery
1605 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 645-7333

Garden Heights has a special knack for selling plants that suit St. Louis. They have gone out of their way to seek out plants that are hardy enough to survive the harsh seasons here. They’ve also deliberately amassed a large collection of shade-loving plants and compact shrubs and trees to suit an urban environment. Garden Heights is also known for its selection of native and organic plants.

Sherwood’s Forest
2651 Barrett Station Road
St. Louis, MO 63021
(314) 966-0028

Most St. Louisans know of Sherwood’s Forest, thanks to their long-running local ad campaign. This is the source for trees of all kinds, especially larger trees for those who don’t want to wait years for growth. They have several greenhouses full of plants and shrubs as well, and all the supplies a home gardener could want. Sherwood’s Forest offers complete landscape installations, and many of their plants and trees are covered by a one-year full replacement warranty.

University Gardens
8130 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 863-1700

University Gardens is a less well-known player in the St. Louis garden market, but the place has an almost cult-like following. People who shop here love U Gardens wholeheartedly. The store prides itself on offering varieties you won’t find at big box stores, but it’s the extremely knowledgeable staff, service with a smile, and commitment to healthy high-quality merchandise that makes customers so fiercely loyal here. The central location in U City makes this a destination shopping mecca for gardeners from all over the bi-state area.

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Rolling Ridge Nursery
60 N. Gore Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 962-3311

For people who love plants and trees, historic Webster Groves is a lovely place to spend the day, which makes shopping at Rolling Ridge a special treat. The quality here is a treat as well. Many shrubs and trees come with a five-year warranty, and all the plants are vibrant, healthy, and well-maintained. Rolling Ridge offers a planting service to help you get larger trees in the ground or get your landscape additions off to a good start. The store builds a sense of community with its “Garden Fanatic” membership program and regular in-store events.

Sugar Creek Gardens
1011 N. Woodlawn Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 965-3070

If you’re looking for flowering perennials, Sugar Creek Gardens is your paradise. The store offers a dazzling selection of native Missouri wildflowers that thrive in our bizarre weather conditions. But their real specialty is rare perennials and shrubs that will send a shiver down the spine of a garden enthusiast. The plants come with loads of information to help you select the right ones for your space and then care for them perfectly. Garden consultations, design services and a plethora of classes and events are also on tap at Sugar Creek.

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