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MNLA Tour Day in Partnership with the Perennial Plant Symposium

This summer we are partnering with the Perennial Plant Symposium to bring you our summer tours: the Landscape Design Tour and the Garden Center Tour.

When: Friday, August 5, 2016
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton - Grand Ballroom Foyer
7800 Normandale Blvd
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55439
United States
Contact: 614-771-8431

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The Perennial Plant Symposium is in the Twin Cities this summer! We encourage to take part in some or all of the events planned for the week.

This summer we are partnering with the Perennial Plant Symposium to bring you our summer tours:  the Landscape Design Tour and the Garden Center Tour will take place on one day.  Join us on Friday, August 5th for MNLA TOUR DAY! 

Choose a tour below:


Capitol City Landscape Design Tour

Registration:  7:15 a.m. - DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, Grand Ballroom Foyer

Coaches depart at 8:30 a.m. - Return approximately 4:30 p.m.

Lunch is on your own at the famous St. Paul food trucks or at the Landmark Center Cafeteria


Member Cost:  $65.00 through July 11; $76.00 after July 11

Non-Member Cost:  $85.00 through July 11; $96.00 after July 11

Looking for new design ideas and inspiration? Join your colleagues to tour several engaging Capitol City gardens/landscapes. This year’s tour is sure to inspire and the event will provide great networking opportunities. Bring back ideas to implement in your own designs and share ideas with your peers!

We will visit:

  • Marge Hols Garden
    • The English garden style of Marge Hols’ garden compliments the architecture of the 1905 Tudor-style home perfectly. The plantings are formal enough, but also relaxed. The front lawn is encircled with a mixed bed of shrubs and perennials. Metal artworks enhance the garden experience. 
  • Shari and Roger Wilsey Garden
    • The large European-style garden of Shari and Roger Wilsey has been the setting for several weddings and numerous wedding photos. The Wilseys’ garden gets much of its romantic personality from its accent pieces, which include a wrought-iron arbor and trellis, a fountain, stone benches, urns, and classical statues. The front sidewalk in front of the 1904 Baroque-style home is lined with topiary roses, set in giant planted urns, providing a look of grandeur.


  • Les and Eileen Meltzer Garden 
    • The Les and Eileen Meltzer Garden inspired by the Manor House at Chateau Villandry, which they had seen on a bicycle tour of the Loire region of France.
  • The Saint Paul Hotel
    • The Saint Paul Hotel’s award-winning 6,500 square-foot, English garden has provided an urban oasis of year-round natural beauty in downtown Saint Paul since 1994. While the hotel’s English garden includes a variety of evergreens, including juniper, yew and euonymus shrubs, the garden’s prime season is spring to early fall each year, when thousands of flowers join the gardenscape, filling the Rice Park area with color and fragrance. In 2015 the Saint Paul Hotel’s garden received an Outstanding Gardening Advocate Award from Blooming Saint Paul.
  • Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory
    • The Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory, formerly Como Park Conservatory, was opened in 1915. This domed glass conservatory occupies one full acre under glass, has six indoor gardens and three outdoor gardens and annually displays 50,000 plants from more than 1600 species. The newly-opened Centennial Garden was designed to collect and filter rainwater into an underground cistern for reuse as irrigation water.
  • Lee and Jerry Shannon Garden
    • The Lee and Jerry Shannon Garden encompass two-thirds of an acre in St. Paul. The Shannons are collectors of unusual woody and herbaceous plants, which enhance sunny and shady perennial gardens, a dwarf conifer collection, a rock garden, a cactus garden, and a roof top garden. Numerous garden troughs feature diminutive alpine plants and miniature hosta are featured in various locations. The Shannon gardens have been featured in Northern Gardener, Better Homes and Gardens, Outdoor Living, and Midwest Home magazines.
  • Highland Nursery
    • Shopping at Highland Nursery is like poking around in the back shed of some formal English estate. It’s jumbled, crowded, and lush, full of metal and bamboo structures twisted into designs simple and ornate, stone cherubs, monks and dozens of doves. The gardens of this boutique nursery are a maze of just under two acres with every conceivable plant. Highland Nursery has been a family-run garden center for nearly 60 years.

East Metro Retail Garden Center Tour

Registration:  6:45 a.m. - Grand Ballroom Foyer

Coaches depart at 8:00 a.m. - Return approximately 4:30 p.m.

Coach transportation and lunch included


Member Cost:  $75.00 through July 11; $86.00 after July 11

Non-Member Cost:  $95.00 through July 11; $106 after July 11


This fun bus tour highlighting unique and successful retail centers on the east side of the Twin Cities will provide opportunity to network with other industry professionals. You will take away great ideas to implement at your own garden center, and possibly see a few plants or decor items you may just have to purchase!  

We will visit: 

  • Squire House Gardens
    • The idea for Squire House Gardens was born during travels to England in the 1980s, inspired by the enticing small shops visited throughout Britain. After renovating the historic 1870s house and grounds, the retail nursery and gift shop opened in 1991. Squire House Gardens has high standards and the plant offerings are distinctive. Garden staff hand-select the best plant selections from the best small local growers. They only carry hardy, reliable long-lived plants striving to stock those of exceptional beauty and year-round interest.


  • My Sister's Garden

    • The two sisters that operate My Sister’s Garden have more than 50 years of gardening experience in the Midwest. Their professional dedication is helping others enjoy gardening. Their specialty is perennials and they provide personal help in selection, planting and design of customer’s gardens. The gift shop also provides a unique collection of gifts with a gardening flair.   
  • Funkie Gardens
    • Funkie Gardens is a retail plant center with over 300 varieties of sunny perennials and over 350 varieties of hosta plus shady perennials, fairy garden plants, martagon lilies, ferns, woodland plants, vines, roses, trees, and shrubs. Funkie Gardens is continuing its 22 years of tradition as the place to find extraordinary selections of rare, new and unique plants! Overheard at Funkie Gardens: “Funkie Gardens has the wildest array of the coolest plants and flowers I have ever seen.” 


  • Abrahamson Nursery
    • Abrahamson Nursery was founded in 1928 as a grower of nursery stock. Now, Abrahamson Nurseries has retail locations in Scandia, Stillwater, and St. Croix, each with a fully stocked and staffed garden center. All three garden centers offer a full line of plant material, hardscape goods, lawn and garden products, garden decorations and accessories, and garden themed gifts. Enjoy lunch during the Abrahamson Nurseries visit.


  • Landscape Alternatives, Inc
    • Landscape Alternatives, Inc. offers a wide selection of high quality, nursery grown native wildflowers, grasses and other low maintenance perennials. The nursery has offered distinctive native plants since 1986.

Registration and more information can be found at the Perennial Plant Association

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