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In 1910, fourth-generation German immigrant Alvin O. Eckert set up a small produce stand on a roadside in Belleville, Illinois. More than 100 years later, that roadside stand has flourished into the expansive Belleville plot of Eckert's Farm: a pastoral acreage where orchards surround a country-style restaurant, bakery, and handmade-custard shop. The Eckert family's sixth and seventh generations ensure this farm remains a true family affair. Sixth-generation member Jim Eckert is the chief horticulturist, and his cousin-once-removed, Chris, oversees retail operations and the sale of the farm's homegrown produce and spare scarecrow parts. Chris's sister Jill helms the food program, and his wife Angie oversees the Country Store and colorful Garden Center.

Throughout the year, visitors arrive on the Belleville farm's grounds for a range of seasonal activities, including peach-, apple-, and pumpkin-picking. During the summer, a concert series features live outdoor music on Friday and Saturday nights, and in the fall, staff lead bonfires and evening hayrides through the orchards. Inside the farm building, instructors teach cooking classes for adults and children, as well as a wine-pairing class.

Family-friendly activities also abound at the Eckert family's other two farms. The Grafton farm, where public apple-picking began in 1964, offers daily animal feeding and miniature golf. The seasonal Millstadt farm is home to a workshop, haunted hayrides, and an array of warm-weather children's attractions—including a 70-foot underground slide.

20995 Eckert Orchard Road
Grafton,
IL
US

For more than four decades, Weed Man's licensed and trained lawn-beautifying experts have tended to local lawns with custom blends of fertilizer, environmentally sound pest-control solutions, and knowledge gleaned from both living and working in the community. Created exclusively for Weed Man, the slow-release granular fertilizer nurtures lawns over a period of several weeks, and seeding and aeration promote continued green growth. Advice that aims to assist with local lawn problems helps to inform patrons online, illuminating seasonal troubles, gardening trends, and the astrological signs of various plants.

13852 Ferguson Ln
Bridgeton,
MO
US

Ahner's Garden and Gifts shelters more than 100 different varieties of tropical houseplants in a Dutch-made retail greenhouse. After passing through the greenhouse's gravel detectors and emptying their pockets of stones, blossom boosters can shop for horticultural accents in climate-controlled comfort all year round. Floral fans especially fawn over Ahner's nearly 25 different types of orchids. Premium orchids in 6 in. pots start at $29.50 and can be found in such exotic varietals as the Wilsonara and the Brassia, known as the "spider orchid" because of its double life as an orchid and photographer for The Daily Bugle. If your planters are currently being used to store your collection of precious antique cobwebs, Ahner's botany builders will happily fill them with custom flower arrangements. Prices are based on planter type and size.

11697 Manchester Rd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Multinational Retailer and Wholesaler of ornamental fish pond, koi pond, waterfall, water feature, and earth bottom pond supplies including fish and plants. We also provide repair, maintenance, service, and installation services to our local market.

500 S County Center Way
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Haegele Nursery and Garden Center first sprouted in 1986 and continues to spread flower-powered goodwill through its collection of landscaping and gardening goods. Brush-lovers can select from a host of perennials ,sold in quarts ($4.95+) or gallons ($7.95+), such as the delicate balloon flower or the antistress scented lavender. One-gallon greeneries, such as the pine-like juniper shrub, give character to sparse lawns and add buffers between window-cooling pies and pesky neighborhood kids ($6.95–$14.95). For a total lawn makeover, garden-dreamers can also peruse nine different types of bulk decorative rocks ($2.75+/50 lbs.), ranging from bright lava rocks to more diminutive pea rocks, which provide a charming green color and a never-spoiling ability to add heartiness to soups.

6043 Lemay Ferry Rd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Experience has taught the seasoned lawn techs of Midwest Landscape & Irrigation that every yard is like a snowflake: each one is unique and will probably melt when licked. With this in mind, they customize their comprehensive set of landscape maintenance and installation services to each distinct project. Their clients love their work, from putting in irrigation systems to maintaining yards year-round. In the fall, technicians gently clear away leaves and yard debris, and in the winter, they remove treacherous snow and ice. Midwest's botanical experts have also perfected a year-round lawn fertilization program, which includes six different applications of fertilizer and weed control products alongside root-nourishing lawn aeration and bed-protecting mulching services.

7 Hillard Road
St. Louis,
MO
US