Please join us for our 3rd annual Customer Appreciation event Saturday December 2nd! We will host a variety of vendors from across St. Louis specializing in local and handmade gifts ranging from soy candles, hand-bound journals and leather goods to baked goods, candies, spirits and teas! Grab some Rolling Ridge refreshments and don't forget to stop by local food truck, Balkan Treat Box, for the delicious fire-roasted flavors of the Balkan countries! Take a second to relax by the fire and listen to holiday jams!

Fall is the perfect time for planting spring flowering bulbs (tulips, crocus, hyacinths, daffodils and others) and normally we are cool enough by mid-October to plant. The general rule of thumb is to plant these bulbs between October 15th and December 15th.  So don't wait to long because these bulbs need a minimum of 12 weeks of under 45 degrees to bloom.

The key to success with bulbs is understanding what they are and how they grow. The bulb is actually a self-contained plant, the flower bud is already formed and just waiting for a dormant winter treatment, and the sides of the bulb are modified leaves. Tulips must totally regenerate a new bulb after flowering. To improve the bulbs ability to regenerate itself after flowering, the spent flower stalk needs to be removed, the plants fertilized with bulb food or a bloom booster fertilizer, and the foliage needs to remain green and growing as long as possible. These bulbs come from Holland in northern Europe, on about the same latitude as southern Canada. They grow in a much cooler climate and in very porous and sandy soil. With St. Louis turning hot in May, and our heavy clay soils, the bulb has a hard time regenerating. There are some things that you can do to improve your chances for multiple years of returning flowers:

Thus 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. We remember mentioning that it was a good thing that that particular storm didn't happen the day before, would have ruined all the hoopla. Like last fall, continuing dryness can have a lasting impact on especially newly planted trees and shrubs. Click to read more...

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!

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: