Gateway Greening Partners with Crown Valley Organics for Year Two on the “Perfect Picks” Program

PP_Greenscape(ST. LOUIS, MO., June 2, 2016)… Gateway Greening, St. Louis’ expert in community gardening, is helping backyard and community gardeners find the perfect vegetables and herbs for their gardens this season through the “Perfect Picks” program, a retail produce line that began in 2015 and features vegetables and herbs that are “Gateway Greening Approved.”

Working with St. Genevieve, MO grower Crown Valley Organics, the organization has selected a number of organically grown and certified vegetable starts that grow easily in our region and provide an abundant harvest. From now through the late summer, these “Perfect Picks” plants will be available at several garden centers and nurseries in the area, with Crown Valley Organics donating 18 cents to Gateway Greening for every unit sold.

“For many gardeners, it can be overwhelming when deciding what plants to grow in your garden each season. Gateway Greening is taking the guesswork out of the game with the Perfect Picks. These veggies and herbs have been approved by our very knowledgeable staff to be the most prolific selections for St. Louis gardeners,” said Matt Schindler, Executive Director of Gateway Greening. “St. Louis Garden Centers have been very supportive of this program and now, nearly every area of St. Louis has a Garden Center carrying the Perfect Picks. It is wonderful!”

Join Gateway Greening for an upcoming Perfect Pick Autumn Garden Workshop at the Science Center’s GROW Exhibit on Saturday, July 16 from 10am-12pm. RSVP to [email protected].

For more information on the Perfect Picks Program, a list of the Perfect Picks selections, or for information on Gateway Greening and its programs, visit or call 314-588-9600.

The Perfect Picks can be found at the following Garden Centers:

  • Bayer’s Garden Shop, Imperial
  • Cat’s Gardens, University City
  • Crabapple Cove Nursery, Oakville
  • Frisella Nursery, Defiance
  • Garden Heights Nursery, Richmond Heights
  • Greenscape Gardens, Manchester
  • Hillermann Nursery, Washington
  • Intaglia Home & Garden, Maplewood
  • Local Harvest – Tower Grove, St. Louis
  • Lucky’s Market, Ellisville and Rockhill
  • Rolling Ridge Nursery, Webster Groves
  • Sandy’s Back Porch, Belleville, IL
  • Sugar Creek Gardens, Kirkwood
  • University Gardens, University City
  • Whole Foods Market, Brentwood


About Gateway Greening

Gateway Greening is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. Gateway Greening has been working to provide creative, grassroots solutions to urban problems since 1984. Programs include supporting more than 200 community and youth-focused gardens across the St. Louis area through educational opportunities, garden supplies and technical assistance; and Gateway Greening’s Urban Farm, a 2.5-acre farm in downtown St. Louis that provides therapeutic job training program. Visit Gateway Greening at @gatewaygreening.