Our history began when James Herman Wild was on a wagon train bound for the southwest when it broke down in the Southwest Missouri region. James was influenced by the beautiful meadows of wildflowers he saw and settled in Sarcoxie, MO in 1868. In 1885, his son, Gilbert Herman Wild paid $45.00 for a crate of peony roots from Europe which he planted behind his family’s home. Three years later, the flower blooms were sold to an Omaha Wholesaler for $3.00 each. That single sale launched Gilbert H. Wild and Son! As the family farm grew, daylilies and iris were added to the farm.
2020 marked a new chapter for our family as we welcomed P. Allen Smith. Mr. Smith shares with us his own design tips, insights, and caring practices for plants. He also shares with us his own use of our plants in his personal horticultural and gardening work. Many of our plants are trialed at his Arkansas garden home - Moss Mountain Farm.
2020 was challenging for our country due to COVID-19. While we mourn what has happened to our great country, we are also inspired that so many have looked for a silver lining - focusing on improving their homes and gardens. We have seen a renewed interest in gardening, and we welcome new friends to our family.