People come from around the country to visit Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co., which is now the world's oldest fruit-tree nursery. People want to see what's behind the famous catalog that arrives in has become a significant attraction.
Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co. is located in rural Louisiana, MO, about a mile from the Mississippi River. The corporate headquarters, warehouse buildings, the retail Garden Center and the orchards themselves - are all set on rolling hills in a beautiful, pastoral landscape. Here you will also find the famous Stark Bear Barn and the historic James Hart Stark cabin.
Each spring, Stark Bro's holds its annual Customer Appreciation Days. The event is usually held the third weekend in April. (Please see starkbros.com for details.) In addition to significant savings on nursery stock, there is entertainment, food, how-to demonstrations and always a free giveaway. This year, a purchase of $18.16 (in honor of our founding year) will include a free Honeycrisp apple tree. Customer Appreciation Days is a 4-day event that attracts visitors from far and wide.
In the fall, Stark Bro's puts on its annual Fall Festival (usually the second weekend in Septembe, from Thursday through Sunday). The end-of-season savings are sizable, on everything from trees to mums. Both of these annual events provide a day of great family fun.
The Garden Center sells an enormous variety of fruit and nut trees, shade trees, ornamentals, berry plants, and garden tools and supplies. In season, there are baskets of fresh fruit from the vast orchards nearby. The staff is Missouri-friendly and very knowledgeable about the nursery stock; they will tell you all you need to know to grow your tree or plant with success.