We’re excited to present these outstanding vendors to you.
We encourage you to visit them all!
We encourage you to visit them all!
Our gardening backgrounds are both founded in formal- or traditional- style horticulture. Jenny grew up in the St. Louis region and was lead horticulturist at Meadowbrook Country Club in Ballwin, MO for eight years. David grew up south of Kansas City and started gardening professionally at the Missouri Botanical Garden specializing in annual plant display. We met while working for the Missouri Botanical Garden’s “Whitmire Wildflower Garden”, a venue that uses only Missouri native plants to achieve all styles of landscaping. With our passion for Missouri native plants and appreciation of nature bringing us together, we fell in love. Shortly after moving to southern Missouri, we were married on February 6, 2016.
Through our time in the horticulture industry, we have come to realize how unsustainable much of the instant landscapes that are popular truly are. We decided to start Ozark Soul, LLC, a company specializing in Missouri native plant production and sales as a way to get more native plants in the landscape. We offer a plant and landscape solution that will drastically minimize chemical input into the landscape and emphasizes ecology. By combining our traditional horticulture education with our Missouri native plant palette, we hope to provide you with the right plant for your location. We can also help with all your landscape design, implementation, and maintenance needs. We know from experience the joys associated with a Missouri native plant landscape and hope you will consider Ozark Soul, LLC your home for Missouri native plants.
René Domino is a local artist who designs jewelry and teaches jewelry making. She is a longtime painter, photographer, fiber and jewelry artist. She also enjoys gardening, playing guitar and fiddle. René is recently published as an illustrator of a children’s book called “The Magic Pen, Cindy’s Castle Adventure”.
Bill Merritt has been making people smile for many years with his unique copper and glass creations. Bill, doing business as Ozarklake Copper Garden Art along with his wife Terrie, creates functional garden art in his studio near Camdenton, MO. His specialty is hummingbird feeders but all types of garden adornment come from his studio. All the glass used in his art began life as something else-soda bottles, vases, candlesticks, gazing balls, decanters and decanter tops. From common to elegant, glass is united with copper and repurposed into a fun and functional one-of-a-kind work of art.
Woodworking has always been my passion and living in the Ozarks has given me the opportunity to create pieces that are unique and one of a kind. Items are designed from locally extracted driftwood, hence the name “Taken from Nature.” Some pieces are a combination of driftwood and reclaimed barn wood which I salvaged from 100+ year old farm structures in South Central Illinois. Collected driftwood may rest at my home for an extended period of time, before I am inspired to bring it to life. Each article is crafted, one at a time, for an individual unmatched result.
–Don Hale, “Taken From Nature”
Lee will be selling his signature papercrete flower pots, fairy garden accessories, Japanese maple trees and other plants.
A semi-retired plant geek, writer, speaker, and purveyor of fine Ozarkian humor.
Lee and his wife are the owners of Peggy’s Flowers of Highlandville, MO. Although Lee has a special passion for hosta and Japanese maples, he also has developed a great interest in miniature landscapes or fairy gardens. He teaches classes on making papercrete containers that are perfect for those applications and travels extensively making presentations at regional MG and plant society events.
Cheri Goggans is a Mississippi artist who loves creating beautiful designs with her rusted artwork. She loves to travel, spend time with her family and make new friends. Cheri can create any number of designs to fit your personal taste. Her artwork can be displayed indoors or outdoors.