Visiting Gardens of Rice Creek Nursery is an adventure.  Wonderful plantings from close-ups to vistas engage and enthrall.  There is always something new to see growing in the landscaped gardens and often, to purchase in the nursery.  Rare and beautiful plants, found nowhere else, prove their hardiness and usefulness here.  Overlooking the peaceful valley of Rice Creek, visitors come from all over to collect Minnesota hardy rhododendrons, rock garden plants, wildflowers, miniature evergreens and more.  Here are some of the highlights.  We would love to introduce you to a new world of beauty!

Opening day is April 28, 2018, hours 9 to 4, every Saturday through Labor Day weekend, no appointment necessary.
Conifer Sale on Opening Day and May 5
Rock Garden Days on May 12th and 19th
Rhododendron Days: May 26, June 2

Please call for directions: 763 242 5009.



Tiny perennials draw admiration and add a sense of wonder to rock gardens.  Unique forms surprise and delight. 
Tucked between rocks, alpines bring another world, the mountains they originated in, to our lives.   
Price for almost all is $5.

The Nursery holds a multitude of plant gems.
Rock gardens create a home for mountain plants
from all over the world.













Alpine Plants for Trough Gardens

Alpines are tiny perennials that come from high mountains around the world.  They are uniquely suited for miniature gardens of all sorts, but the smallest are delightful in Trough Gardens .

NEW!  Build a Trough Garden any Saturday.  We can supply rock-like troughs, or bring your own.  Miniature evergreens, alpines, soil and special rock are available here.  Average time is 1 hour and average cost is 80 to 100 dollars.  These miniature landscapes can live for many years and stay outside year-around.


Dwarf evergreens complete the impression of a
mountain scene.

Mountain plants are tucked between rocks and pour
over the trough’s edge.



Alpine Plants for Sunny Rock Gardens

Campanula 'Blue Gown' shows striking white eyes on a
trailing plant.

Dianthus 'Pink Penny' hugs a rock.


Saxifraga 'Hi Ace' is a tiny, coral-textured rock lover.

Saxifrage crustata is a trough garden star.






Phlox 'Mc Daniel's Cushion has a large, bright
pink flowers.

Phlox 'Harriet' has true, sugar-pink flowers.
Our own selection.














The most hardy Lavender ‘Cynthia Johnson, is a Rice
Creek introduction

Phlox ‘Brittonii rosea
’ makes a swarm of dainty stars.


Dwarf Delphineum gives fresh color to summer rock

Hardy Geraniums are one of our best
"Weed-excluding Groundcovers"
















Miniature Iris, like I. 'Robin's Egg', thrive in sunny
rock gardens.

Hummingbirds love this real native form of
Cardinal Flower.















Auricula Primroses blooms spring to fall with
fertilizer and water.

Primula 'Wanda' is remarkably long-lived and
hardy and grows in sun or shade
















Schoaf's Double Rue Anemonella Blooms for

Primula ‘Jewel’ makes drifts of sunshine yellow in
sun or shade



















Shady Rock Garden Plants

Fairy house in a rock garden facing East, where
woodland plants enjoy morning sun.

Logs define shady garden beds and woodland paths in a
relaxed, informal way.














Iris cristata ‘Merle’s Ruby’ has orchid-like flowers,
but is native to North-East woods.

Double Trillium, ’Merle’s Pearls’ is a beautiful rarity
but is easy to grow.














Sweetly fragrant Woodland Phlox makes
blue drifts throughout part-shade gardens.

Miniature Hosta:  you will find a wide array
of tiny charmers



Want to learn more about Rock Garden plants? The North American Rock Garden Society has an active Minnesota Chapter, with speakers, tours, newsletter and plant sales. Contact www.mn-nargs.com for further information.



Amazingly easy to grow in moist woodland gardens, our growing beds are spectacular in mid-June.

 Potted in early spring, blooming size plants are $50.


June 9, and June 16, 2018




Miniature evergreens, for sun or shade, complete small landscapes like rock gardens,
trough gardens and fairy gardens. Most are priced at $15.



Evergreen Rhododendrons are often called the “Queen of Shrubs”.  Many kinds are grown in warmer climates, but Rice Creek has been trialing and hybridizing Rhododendrons for over 40 years and can confidently offer the hardiest in the country for Zone 4 gardens.  April till July, their spectacular floral display will amaze you, while their variety of evergreen foliage is interesting year-around.
We offer young plants that transplant easily and quickly advance to blooming size.  Most are priced at $15.

Rhododendron Days

May 26 and June 2, 2018

A rhododendron garden in the woods in Linwood,

R. ‘Landmark’ makes an eye-popping focal point in a
large rock garden













R. ‘Besse Howells’ has ruffled red flowers and dense,
low growth

R. ‘White Peter’ has spectacular white flowers with
a purple flare, making it a standout.

















R. ‘Capistrano’ Creamy yellow flowers in a tight
truss and is the only hardy yellow.

R.‘Haaga’ has large trusses of pink flowers, and is
our favorite Finnish rhododendron.


















R. 'Olga Mezitt' has sweet pink flowers, but is very tough!
Highly recommended.

R. 'Henry's Red' grows large and makes a stunning

















New Rice Creek Hybrid Rhododendrons

Limited availability.  See more in the gardens. All are zone 4 hardy.

R. 'Kellie' is one of our hybrids that earns a “Wow!” from

R. ‘Happy Hannah’ has lively lavender -pink
















R. ‘Misty Blush’ is outstanding for hardiness, form and
elegant coloring.

R. ‘Dancing Coral’ has deep pink flowers that always
attract notice















Want to learn more about Rhododendrons?  Contact https://nargs.org/chapter/minnesota-chapter for the American Rhododendron Society, Midwest Chapter or visit their page @ http://www.midwestars.org

We welcome you to visit the Gardens of Rice Creek Nursery, a plant collectors’ mecca for 40 years where the selections constantly change as new plants get propagated.
We have a lifetime of information on plant growing to share with you.
We are open every Saturday 9-4 through Labor Day. Call for Saturday hours in Fall. 763 242 5009