Who we are


We use no chemical herbicides or pesticides and only organic fertilizers.


We propogate 99% of our plants right here on our farm in southwest Missouri.


Our staff consists of Barb and Don Emge, and son Matthew.  We don't intend to compete with the big box stores.


We have over 200 varieties of herbs and 60 varieties of scented geraniums.


We exist to share our love of herbs with you.

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Our Basil selection changes from year to year as new varieties become available and we delete poor performing ones or those which are no longer popular.Basil should not be planted outdoors til all chance of frost is past and nighttime temperatures are in the 60's consistently.Plants will die and seeds will rot or not sprout if soil temperatures are not consistently in the 50's though seed will sprout the best when soil temps are in the 70's.That is usually mid to late May in this area

 Basil seed that has dried on the plant and dropped into the soil from the previous summer may sprout but will revert back to one of its  parent plants if it is a hybrid. If more than one Basil variety was grown in your garden last year, the seeds may have cross pollinated and you may have new odd tasting varieties.We did this one year in the Basi Bed in the Springfield Mo. Botanical Center and ended up with different Basil varieties. Some were edible; others had strange flavors.

All basils are $3 each.

We are just about out of the Genovese basil but have replanted this week. (june 1)


Bolloso Napoletano

Large frilly lettuce leaf type leaves up to 4” long. Good for mini-wraps. From Naples, Italy.


A dark purple basil


Forms a small ball.Customer favorite. Good for a formal herbal knot garden.



Baja Basil

Strong cinnamon scented basil. Great in teas and desserts.

Classico Italiano  

Genovese seed from Italy. Most requested variety of Basil.


Cuban Basil

This beautiful large ball shaped basil which I've brought indoors for the winter for the last 6 yrs. does not set seed so it continues to grow.It came to me from a grower who obtained it on a horticultural visit to Cuba years ago. Absolutely beautiful plant with smaller leaves.

Holy Basil

Green form of holy basil grown in India near temples, homes and gardens. Used in salads or other cold dishes .There are several varieties of Holy basil which vary due to the part of the world they are grown.