Hours: Monday-Saturday 8 am to 5 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm

Our Story

Pictured, left to right: Dave Hornbaker, Rich Hornbaker, Molly Blogg


The Beginning

Rich and Kathy Hornbaker purchased 14 acres of isolated ground, upon which stood an abandoned homestead. A perfect place to build a house and raise a family. Little did they dream that someday they would be inviting the world to come share this lovely hideaway.


Horn's Berry Farm

A small pick-your-own business, known as Horn’s Berry Farm, was started


Creating a vision

  • Began to expirment with hardy mums
  • The berries were plowed under, and plans were laid for the start of a perennial nursery


Hornbaker Gardens

  • Hornbaker Gardens started as a wholesale-only business
  • The first Open House hosted to let the local folks come out and view the operation
  • Hornbaker Gardens opens seven days a week as a retail garden center in 1990
  • Our signature garden, the hosta ravine, was constructed



  • A daylily collection was begun and we purchased an iris business.


Becoming a Destination

  • Gazebo added to the hosta ravine in 1996
  • Hosted a garden tour during the America Hosta Society convention in 1998


New additions

  • Began selling granite garden art
  • Large pond added to sunny display beds
  • Our website, hornbakergardens.com, was launched


Continuing to expand

  • Llama and other artwork of Bob Cumpston arrive in 2004
  • Pottery Alley opens at the gardens
  • Began selling bedding plants, annuals, and the first greenhouse went up


The Shop opens

  • In 2008 The Shop opens
  • Stamped concrete stairs were installed in the hosta ravine in 2010
  • 2nd greenhouse of annuals goes up in 2011
  • Iris field eliminated as plans begin for The Barn


Artisan Market

The first Artisan Market is held at Hornbaker Gardens


New Prairie

  • 2.5 acre native prairie seeded


Our Family mourns

  • Loss of Kathy Hornbaker


The Barn Opens

  • First event held at The Barn
  • KC, the Catahoula mix, arrives at the farm


Children's Garden created

  • Sidewalk and patio added to The Barn in 2016
  • In 2017, a Children’s Garden was created in memory of Kathy
  • Major garden renovations happened in 2017


Recent additions

  • Purple martin houses are installed
  • Annual space expands with addition of a new shade structure
  • Mini bar opens at The Shop in 2021