About US

Policy: We Don't Collect Plants in the Wild

The Frog Does Not Drink Up The Pond In Which He Lives." Indian proverb

You will not find  Lady Slipper orchids nor many of the spring ephemerals here. While I do know that there are a FEW nurseries that are growing them from seed - they are few & far between. We do not believe in collecting plants from the wild. Yes, we do believe in plant rescues - but only if it is a true rescue .... not just a word to use to try to justify digging plants in the wild. If you see lists of wildflowers and the prices seem to be too good to be true, believe me, they have been collected. If people will stop buying collected plants, the collection of plants will stop. Native plants are wonderful, but please buy only from nurseries who sell nursery propagated plants. Join your state native plant society and take a hike to see the wildflowers ..... and leave them for your great-grandchildren.

The Pine Ridge Guarantee

Many people are able to come to our nursery, see the plants for themselves & carry them off. I realize though, that most people cannot have this opportunity & simply have to rely on an old fashioned term - trust. I hope you will always be happy with the plants when you receive them - if not, please let me know within a week's time. 

We guarantee all plants to be alive and healthy when you receive them.  We cannot be responsible for the plants after they have safely arrived as we have no control over your cultural methods. Please research any unfamiliar plants so you will know what their requirements are. 

We prefer to ship only actively growing plants, however, sometimes either the time you want to get your plants, or the habit of the plant itself, may dictate that you receive dormant plants. Please plant them right away, in the environment they need & should they for some reason, not come out of dormancy (and you have done your part), let me know & we can usually replace them.

Pesticides: We never apply neonicotinoid based pesticides to either the plants we ship or the plants on our grounds. You may be sure that we always use the least toxic remedy when forced to apply anything.

Pope County, the county in which the nursery is located, has been included in the Federal Imported Fire Ant Quarantine area.  What this means is any plants shipped out of the quarantine area must be treated with a contact insecticide.  We are required by Federal Law to do so.  This is not a systemic pesticide therefore it is not taken up into the plant, however it is in the soil & will remain there for a couple of months.  

Plant Sizes

Most plants are shipped in containers with soil ball intact. Pot sizes range from 3 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inch pots to quarts, 3 quart, gallons. In the paper catalog, most plants show what size pot they are in. Rest assured, whatever the size of the pot, it will contain a healthy, well rooted plant.

Recycling at Pine Ridge Gardens

We generally use shredded paper in packing your plants, on a rare occasion we might use recycled peanuts. If you are adamantly against the recycled peanuts, please advise on your order blank.

Happy Customers

Below is a sampling of comments received from our mail order customers.

Condition of plants: very good, nice packing job. P. Pobst, Arkansas
Condition of plants: Excellent as always. A. Tussing, Ohio
Condition of plants: Very good! Your plants are the best. Carl Hunter, Arkansas
If there's a word better than excellent - that's what they are. Best packaged plants we have ever received. Mrs. D. Carpenter, Oklahoma
Condition of plants is outstanding. Beautifully packaged. Allen Bush, Lexington, KY
Highest degree of excellence. Ordering from you is like sitting across the kitchen table sharing a cup of coffee. Thanks, M. Blanton, Mississippi
As usual, the plants are in the best condition. You send the best that that I have ever ordered, better than other nurseries. Thanks so much. B Rhodes, Oklahoma.
Condition of plants: Excellent. As always, you all did a great job growing and packing the plants. M. Cook, Florida
It was like Christmas! Other nurseries should take lessons from you on how to pack plants! You have it down pat! You'll be hearing from me again. N. Richey, Texas