9:00 a.m. —Registration-Meet at Bachman’s Cedar Acres
9:30 a.m. —Tour of Bachman’s Cedar Acres
10:00 a.m. —Buses load to tour sites
3:15 p.m. —Return to Bachman’s Cedar Acres
Air conditioned bus tour includes: morning coffee during check in/registration and lunch mid-day at Gardens of Castle Rock.
Pahl’s Market, Inc. | Apple Valley
Pahl's Market is Open Year Round with Something for Every Season! With over three acres of indoor growing area the greenhouses have approximately one million top quality plants at peak capacity. Take a stroll through the large outdoor tree & shrub lot and visit the market for a beautiful selection of garden accessories and decorations. Visit during the summer and fall months for everything spring has to offer plus fresh homegrown produce! Pahl’s Farms is a 5th generation family owned and operated farm with over 100 years of dedication to being stewards of the land.
Knecht’s Nurseries & Landscaping | Northfield
The Knecht’s Nurseries and Landscaping Garden Center is 10 acres of plant heaven located just inside the western Northfield city limits. Knecht’s carries a huge inventory of over 30,000 perennials, shrubs and trees with over 1,000 different varieties available. Knecht’s Nurseries is an industry leader in perfecting the production of affordable and easy to plant trees in special air-root pruning containers. This process creates a root system so perfectly structured and power packed with energy for new growth that they are called ‘Peak Performance Trees’. They take great pride in having a knowledgeable sales staff to help guests select the right plants or provide advice for a project. Knecht’s has one of the largest hosta selections in the area — with over 135 varieties available.
Bachman’s, Inc. | Apple Valley
Bachman's has been in business since 1885, when founder Henry Bachman, Sr., planted potatoes, lettuce, onions, and squash on a plot of land in south Minneapolis. Today, that plot contains the firm's headquarters and acres of floral, gift, garden, and landscaping departments. At present, Bachman's has six retail Floral, Gift, and Garden Centers in the Twin Cities and a floral presence in metro area Lunds and Byerly's stores. Bachman's also operates indoor and outdoor landscaping divisions, a nursery wholesale division, seven acres of greenhouses, and a 670-acre growing range near Lakeville, which produces many of the plants, flowers, and landscaping products sold through Bachman's locations. Bachman's fleet of purple floral trucks delivers over 5,000 packages during an average week. The Apple Valley location was opened in 1991.
Switzer’s Nursery & Landscaping/The Gardens of Castle Rock | Northfield
The Gardens of Castle Rock, The Minnesota Wedding and Event Center, is located at Switzer’s Nursery and Landscaping in Northfield, MN. After a decision to end retail sales in 2007 and focus the business on design/build landscaping the grounds were marginally used. The space was then used by an art organization and an art gallery was opened in the retail space. That experience led to the transition and conversion of the grounds, retail space and display gardens to an outdoor wedding and event center. Life after the garden center…. Your visit is a chance to see firsthand the challenges and opportunities of repurposing a retail operation to a wedding and event center.
Bachman’s Cedar Acres | Farmington
While the Bachman’s Cedar Acres location is primarily focused on wholesale business, retail customers are welcome to shop a selection of hardscape products including bulk and bagged mulches, retaining wall and patio products and related landscape products. The store also offers retail customers a broad line of annuals, perennials and tropical plants at special, “farm-direct” pricing. During the peak season, the store offers a select line of best-selling trees, shrubs and evergreens at farm-direct prices.