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2017 Garden Center Tour

Join your colleagues to tour garden centers in the Western Twin Cities Metro Area. Bring back new ideas to implement at your own garden center, and network with your peers!

 Export to Your Calendar 8/3/2017
When: Thursday, August 3, 2017
9:00 AM: Check-In/Registration
Where: The Mustard Seed Landscaping & Garden Center - The tour will begin and end at the Mustard Seed
10000 Great Plains Boulevard
Chaska, Minnesota  55318
United States
Contact: 651-633-4987

Online registration is available until: 7/31/2017
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This summer's Garden Center Tour will feature MNLA member garden centers located to the north of the Twin Cities Metro Area.

Please join us. It's a great opportunity to network and gather new ideas to implement at your own garden center!


9:00 a.m.: — Registration/Check-In

9:30 a.m. — Tour of The Mustard Seed

10:00 a.m. — Buses load to tour sites

3:30 p.m. — Return to The Mustard Seed

The air conditioned bus tour includes: morning coffee during check in/registration and lunch mid-day. 


The Mustard Seed Landscaping & Garden Center, Chaska

Mark Halla worked in the family business and was the third generation member of Halla Nursery. He left the family business in 2003 and started The Mustard Seed with his wife Kay. In the spring of 2004, Eric Hagen, Kelly Lorenz and Cory Whitmer joined the business and subsequently made partners. They initially opened a retail store on Hwy 212 West of Carver which became a ministry and wedding center after The Mustard Seed consolidated down to one store in 2015. They opened a second location on the site of Halla Nursery upon it's closing in 2012. Their focus remains strong in residential landscaping and the retail store.



Bachman’s, Plymouth

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.


Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery, Maple Grove

Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery has been owned and operated by five generations of Lyndes. The Lynde family first started producing plants in Golden Valley before 1900. After WWI, they found a niche in growing and selling flowers. In 1971, the family moved to their current location in Maple Grove. In 1982 they opened their retail Garden Center.  Today, Lynde produce plants for the retail garden center, landscape installation, commercial installation, wholesale, and fundraising programs. They are proud of their amazing staff full of experience, expertise, and passion.




Malmborg’s Garden Center & Greenhouse, Rogers

Malmborg’s Garden Center, established in 1958, was purchased by George Lucht in 1972 after he had worked for the Malmborg’s family for many years. Malmborg's Garden Center had earned an excellent reputation in the community and George decided to keep the name and add "Geraniums by George" as his own personal touch. George expanded the business in 1976 when he purchased the current growing range in Rogers, MN and developed greenhouses and a retail store on the site.  Malmborg's is truly a family owned and operated business. Today George (CEO) and his son Troy (President) own the company. George's daughter Keri handles many varied aspects of the business including inventory, planning and customer service. Van Cooley, George's son-in-law, leads the sales and marketing drive in retail and fundraising. In July of 2015, Malmborg's closed the Brooklyn Center garden center and greenhouse to make way for New Millennium Academy, a local charter school. While they were saddened to leave this community after 57 years, they are excited for the future of the Blaine and Rogers garden centers and greenhouse.


Heidi’s GrowHaus, Corcoran

Heidi’s GrowHaus is a hub for growing, living and thriving. We’re a homegrown business that values the satisfaction of our customers and the health of our planet. Our nursery has 5 acres of thoughtfully selected annuals, perennials, herbs, veggies, shrubs, evergreens, fruit trees and more. We’re committed to offering plants that are ecologically grown and provide numerous benefits to the landscape. Browse our retail marketplace to find a wide variety of home and garden goods that inspire green living!





Coffee will be provided during registration/check-in, and we will stop for lunch mid-day.

Please be considerate of The Mustard Seed customers, and park in one of the corners of the parking lot - away from the front door.

Please dress for the weather, as a majority of the time will be spent outside.


MNLA CP:  3 pts | Level: Beginning to Intermediate


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Dietary Requests:  Every effort will be made to accommodate vegetarian or gluten-free meal requests. Verbal requests must be made to the MNLA Office at least 2 weeks prior to the event.


MNLA Registration Refund Policy: For all education events, MNLA will gladly make a full refund of your registration fee if cancellation notice is received more than two business days in advance of the event. In the two business days prior to the event, a 50 percent refund will be given. No refunds will be given for no-shows or cancellations made the day of the event. Cancellations may be made in writing, by fax, or by telephone call received at the MNLA office during normal business hours.

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