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Established: 1995

Handicap Accessible: No

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Most popular offering: Containerized trees

Pro Tip: Wear comfortable, toed shoes. There are gravel roads and grassy paths.

Good for Kids: Yes

Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

Q&A with Gilbert Hermes, Owner

What sets your business apart from your competition?

We are a farm anchored by our nursery, vineyard and winery.

What was the inspiration for starting this business?

A need to be connected to the earth is in every one of us. For me, great company and great wine in beautiful surroundings is as good as it gets.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Along with picking out some great nursery stock, the winery tasting room is open for sampling. There are a number of fun events coming up this spring. Be prepared for live music, our sheep being shorn, or an art event when you come out for the weekend. ... We grow trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses, but not annuals and vegetables. And, yes, you can call me Gilbert Grape.

What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?

It is so gratifying to see our products woven into the tapestry of people's lives. I have helped people pick out trees to celebrate new beginnings and also to remember those not with us. One day in the winery a couple came in celebrating their 30th anniversary. And they told me how their son had just proposed to their future daughter in law over a bottle of our wine. Love that.

What?s your favorite part about your job?

Walking through a beautiful nursery crop, or the vineyard before harvest, or opening the first bottle of a new vintage with customers in the tasting room is all equally fun. I also love seeing nursery stock we grew all over Kansas City.

21045 K-68 Hwy.
Paola,
KS
US

Neighborhood children doing yard work for money to spend on candy is classic Americana, but for Michael Ackerman Jr, the actual work ended up being its own reward. Michael's grass-mowing hobby transformed into a full-scale lawn-care company in just a few years, after he got the word out by passing out homemade fliers and staging a town-wide game of telephone. When the buzz about his business amplified, he managed his growing list of clientele with the help of his new business partners, Michael Sr and Connie, his parents. As a team, they now tackle yard work of all kinds and have added snow removal, irrigation, and landscape lighting to their core lawn-care services.

2320 S Mead St
Wichita,
KS
US

Hedged by evergreen shrubs and flowering bushes, placid tide pools and trickling waterfalls flow into a deep, rocky basin. This backyard oasis is one of dozens of successful installations constructed by Rolling Meadows Landscape and Garden Center’s team of landscape artists. At their garden center, landscape experts of the same ilk assist guests with their own gardening endeavors. In addition to advice on landscape design, eco-friendly gardening goods, and the pros and cons of installing a moat made out of slip ‘n’ slides, Rolling Meadows’ team strives to empower local green thumbs with monthly educational classes and workshops.

12501 W 151st St
Olathe,
KS
US

The Greensman's crack team of garden maintainers safeguards yards from colorless springs and chaotic appearances with both planting and cleaning services. Banish bothersome leaves and debris from autumnal kingdoms with a fall clean up led by a duo of Greensman’s garden-cultivating knights. The two-hour cleaning clears twigs and limbs, cleans up perennials, and hacks unruly bear-shaped hedges back into well-mannered topiaries. Though Greensman staffers can tidy up landscapes with a number of tools, the use of special equipment—including Bobcats, chainsaws, and T-shirt cannons filled with fertilizer—is not included.

7213 Troost Ave
Kansas City,
MO
US

The horses at Stepping Stone Ranch may as well be wearing plush bathrobes. At the full-care boarding facility, denizens enjoy such luxurious amenities as heated stalls—where automatic fly-spray systems keep their manes free from airborne pests—and 24-hour access to a 35-acre pasture, where they can gallop freely under the sun or channel the spirit of Secretariat in midnight séances. Stepping Stone Ranch's commitment to compassionate horse care ensures that equines will be in good spirits for riding lessons, during which clients learn from dressage enthusiast Vera Gannaway. Gannaway's lessons teach riders to find their balance in the saddle, develop soft hands on the reins, and calm bucking steeds by letting them get the Batman toy that the big boys have. In addition, Vera covers the basics of equestrian care in group horse-training classes, which prepare pupils to own and squire their own horses.

95 E 1600th Rd
Baldwin City,
KS
US

The professional landscape engineers at Lawn Care Service of Topeka carefully chop lawns' tresses to give them a clean-cut luster. Once an overgrown chlorophyll carpet has been cropped to the owner's satisfaction, grass wranglers trim edges and blast clippings from sidewalks, driveways, and patios at no extra charge. On mowing day, owners should secure pets, leave gates unlocked to provide easy access, and identify their lawn by spelling out MOW ME on it in fertilizer.

3637 SE 6th St
Topeka,
KS
US