Welcome to our St. Louis plant nursery and garden center. Here the discerning gardener finds exceptional plants, unmatched service, and the largest selection of perennials anywhere. At Sugar Creek Gardens, you’ll find quality and expertise that’s as rare and unusual as some of our 2,500 + varieties. See a few of the varieties here >>>
We specialize in exceptional and rare perennials and shrubs. You’ll also find an extensive selection of Missouri native plants, roses, annuals, vines, ornamental grasses, vegetables, herbs, and houseplants. If you have not become a plant addict yet, there is still hope. Our goal at Sugar Creek is to offer you the most remarkable, the newest and the oddest in plants from around the world.
You will also find fun and unique ornaments for your gardens, decorative pots and all types of arbors and obelisks along with the right tools, highest quality soils, organic fertilizers with the finest ingredients, and health-supporting products for your gardens to flourish. Read more here.
Over the years we have received multiple recognitions as an excellent local St. Louis plant nursery and garden center, including being voted the #1 Best Garden Center in St. Louis and being named one of the area’s Top Garden Centers. Sugar Creek Gardens has been featured in newspapers and magazines including County Folks Grower. See what they had to say about us here.
Here’s what others say about us: “If you’re looking for flowering perennials, Sugar Creek Gardens is your paradise. The store offers a dazzling selection of native Missouri wildflowers that thrive in our bizarre weather conditions. But their real specialty is rare perennials and shrubs that will send a shiver down the spine of a garden enthusiast.” Read more here.
We Strive to Give You the Best
Our offering of plants has been selected from the finest available. We carefully choose our selections. We take many plant finding quests, including visiting trial gardens, university gardens, and botanical gardens. Our close relationships with industry experts keep us in the know of the newest and best. You can expect to find plants with exquisite beauty, exceptional vigor, and superior flowering.
Most of our plants are locally grown. To bring you the freshest, healthiest plants most of our plants are St. Louis area locally grown.
Born from an obsession for horticulture that literally overgrew her home, Ann Lapides opened Sugar Creek Gardens in 1990 at the Kirkwood Farmers Market with just a garden umbrella, cash box and a few hundred plants cultivated in her backyard and basement. An out-of-control hobbyist, Ann gave away many plants for years, and as a young mother saw an opportunity to open a business while still caring for her three small children.
In 1991 Henry and Anne Lonnemann invited Ann to open her nursery on their property in Brentwood Mo., which had previously been operated as Lonnemann Betz, a perennial plant nursery. A location rich with history, Henry’s mother sold perennials during the Depression to help make ends meet.
In 1994 Sugar Creek moved to Woodlawn Avenue in Kirkwood, where the original greenhouses were built to grow cut flowers for the 1904 World’s Fair (and rumor has it the house was a speakeasy during Prohibition). Ann’s daughter Abby Lapides joined Sugar Creek full time in 2008 after years of working after school and during breaks. Abby’s passion for plants took root as she watched her family grow their perennial business from a stall at the local farmer’s market to the nursery it is today.
Plant nerds, obsessive gardeners, and tree huggers are just a few of the monikers we go by. Meet a few of our dedicated staff.
Sally Barrett is a long-time accomplished gardener even though her horticulture roots are in California — those roots made the move to Missouri quite nicely! She is one of our “go-to” designers in the We Plan You Plant program.
Karen Collins, whose garden was featured in St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles magazine.
Becky Kridel, manager, whose garden has inspired many and was a highlight of a Missouri Botanical Garden garden tour. Becky’s garden has also been featured in multiple magazines. View her garden here.
Ann Million, an accomplished rosarian and horticulturist and host of the popular annual “Garden Stroll with Ann Million.”
You may already know Wendy Conroy from her many talks here and around town. She has been the guest speaker at numerous events, including the Missouri Botanical Gardens. She talks about her passion: decorating with a natural theme. Wendy joined Sugar Creek Gardens as a Floral Designer, Garden Designer, Speaker, and Garden Plant Specialist. Wendy’s love of nature, along with her fun personality are reflected in her whimsical designs.
Meet Sugar Creek Gardens Owner Abby Lapides. Abby wears many hats at Sugar Creek. Abby manages the nursery, gives presentations, and designs gardens.
Take the Guess Work Out of Plant Selection
We’ve done the work for you. Visit our Plant Reference Guide to find descriptions, care tips and images of the best plants for your gardens and landscapes. For plant suggestions for specific uses visit Plant Guides.
Garden Design, Delivery and Installation
We offer free garden design consultations at the nursery along with at home garden and landscape design consultations for a fee. Our skilled designers have extensive knowledge of perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs.
We Plan, You Plant, Free Garden Consultations at the Nursery. This unique design service is the perfect start for a perennial garden, natural area or to rejuvenate a tired landscape. Read more here.
At Home Garden Consultations and Design Services. Are you dreaming of a perennial garden, overflowing with billowing flowers, or possible have a wet spot and are considering a rain garden, but don’t know where to start. We can help. Our Garden Designers can design a planting scheme, working closely with you to choose the right plants. Fees are based upon services selected.
Delivery and Installation Services. For delivery, installation and maintenance services, ask for our list of Recommended Installers and Landscapers.
For more information or to set up an appointment call 314-965-3070.
We host Gardening Classes with our experienced Horticulturists and Landscape Designers, along with local experts and invite you to attend. Classes are offered for gardeners at all levels. We cater to the beginning gardener, the out of control hobbyist and everyone in between. For this year’s schedule, visit Events. These informative sessions are free.
Garden Clubs Welcome!
Looking for something special for your next meeting? Come to Sugar Creek. We would be happy to host your meeting and put on a program for your group. Ideas for program topics can be found at Events. Call 314-965-3070, for reservations. This service is free.
A Quick Tour of the Nursery
Join Josh as he takes you on a fast walk through the nursery.
Organizations We Belong To
We’re proud members of Grow Native! a Missouri native plant education program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Grow Native! helps protect and restore biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes.
Grand Prairie Friends mission is to preserve and restore natural communities in east-central Illinois and to promote an understanding and appreciation of natural resources. They do this by acquiring and managing prairie and woodland remnants, conducting prescribed burns, propagating and planting indigenous prairie and woodland plant species in reconstructions, and generating interest in prairies and woodlands through a variety of educational programs.