The roots of Mervin Wallace’s interest in gardening were developing before he was 10 years old when he lived on a 55-acre dairy farm with his parents and two siblings. He enjoyed the yearly blooming of hollyhocks, larkspurs, red poppies, and many other flowers his mother grew near the barn, house, and vegetable garden. He was introduced to basic plant propagation skills at this early age.
As a young teenager, Mervin and his brother, Eldon, planted, weeded, and picked their own 3-acre cucumber patch. An outlook on life was developed in the three- acre cucumber patch that will last a lifetime.
Mervin started Missouri Wildflowers Nursery in 1984, producing nursery propagated native species with their genetic origin from within the state of Missouri.