People come from around the country to visit Stark Bro's. They want to see what's behind the famous catalog that arrives in their mailbox each spring and fall, and now that the company is 200 years old, it will be 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.
From the offices, visitors can see the famous Stark Bear Barn, which was illustrated with the big black Stark "bear logo" at the turn of the 20th century by an itinerant painter. From the Garden Center (a stunning example of Victorian/Art Deco architecture), visitors can see the original cabin that was built in 1816 by James Hart Stark, the founder of the company, From Highway 54, just down the road, there is a large mural painted on the side of "K Buildling" that was done by local historian/artist John Stoeckley.
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.
Country Living Magazine named the Stark Bro's Garden Center one of the top three garden centers in the state in 2014.