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Our Story ~ Grass Roots & Custom Creations ~ How It All Began

I'm Kevin Runyon

…and I’ve been the owner of Custom Creations for over 20 years.

I work with clients around Southwest Missouri to create their outdoor vision, while taking into consideration natural limitations like water flow, topography, and long-term functionality.

People ask why I haven’t expanded my business to run multiple crews, and the answer is simple. I expect perfection on every project. By personally managing and working at every job site, I know each client will get the outcome they desire.

I encourage you to set up a consultation to see what we can do for your outdoor space. Unique ideas welcome!


Our journey began in the year 2000 as Kevin, my husband and the owner of Custom Creations Landscaping & Lawn, started mowing lawns as a side business in high school to support himself through college (hint, hint…notice the “grass roots”). Through the years,  Kevin realized his interest was rapidly growing to include landscape design and construction, as well as plants and turf health. He was able to use his creativity, skills, and the knowledge he had gained through the years to complete numerous projects, both small and large scale.

In 2001 Kevin and I met, and we married in 2003.  Every summer I would help Kevin with landscaping projects, and as I worked alongside him my passion for flowers, plants and helping others bloomed.  Kevin’s desire to use his creativity and expertise to help homeowners get the highest quality of work completed fueled a second dream for us both – to open a garden & landscaping supply store.  My ideas, inspiration, and determination teamed up with Kevin’s skills, knowledge, and creativity brought our dream to life when Grass Roots Garden Center & Gifts opened in March of 2018.

Looking back, it is crazy to think how far we have come; the changes and additions we have made, and all that we have learned in the past 2 ½ years. I truly believe we have helped fill a need that people within our community had: to be able to get high-quality professional materials so that they can do projects at home, but also to have someone to guide them through the process. I have always enjoyed encouraging, teaching, and helping others, and the store has helped to make this even more possible.  I cherish the relationships we have developed with so many customers: helping them with their landscaping projects, picking out the perfect gift for a friend, geeking out about plants or simply having a therapy chat session (because we all know I love to talk)!

Thank you for continuing to support us through these years! We will continue to work hard, have fun, and help make the world a prettier and better place!

P.S. If you’d like to know more about our Garden Center, Grass Roots, click the link below!


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Fill out the form below for a place on our Consultation List. I will call a few days beforehand to confirm the date, time, and what you’re wanting to accomplish. You’re welcome to be there during the walkthrough, but it’s fine if you have to be away.

I do charge a $25 fee for quotes. Consultation fees allow me to work with clients who are serious about their projects. It also allows me to provide more value in each consultation I do. I can spend more time discussing your property including drainage issues, tree/plant evaluations, taking measurements, and discussing improvement options. I create detailed notes and keep them on file so you have a plan to reference in the future.

If you have a specific question or concern about your project, be sure to detail it in the form and I’ll contact you to discuss.

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21 Outdoor Living Ideas

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