Cultivating History: Four Family-Owned Garden Centers to Support This Season

Here are a few greenhouses and garden stores that are family-owned—sometimes, for generations

Every planting season, it’s easy to return to our favorites for new annuals and hanging baskets, another round of perennials, and seedlings for the vegetable garden. Whether you shop at your local co-op, neighborhood plant sale, farmers market, big-box retailer, or local greenhouse, it might be time to branch out a bit and go even more local. Here are a few greenhouses and garden stores that are family-owned—sometimes, for generations. Their businesses are inspiring as the gorgeous plants they sell.

Eisele Greenhouse

In addition to in-store shopping and curbside pickup, the family-owned, fifth-generation greenhouse has an online store ready to supply hanging baskets, patio pots, garden perennials for sun and shade, and all the supplies you need to keep your purchases thriving. 8350 160th St. W., Lakeville, 952-432-7435,

Tamblyn’s Farm and Greenhouse

Tamblyn’s is a newer entry to the family-owned garden store: The company started in 1991. Family and friends work the grounds to provide neighbors with annual and perennial flowers, as well as vegetable plants for a bountiful produce garden. The online store lets customers take a peek at plants before buying. 12730 Lever St., Blaine, 763-795-9366,

Wagners Greenhouses & Garden Center

“Family-run greenhouses have more personality,” wrote one customer of this company, which has been operating since 1901. Today, Laura, Julie, and Nik Wagner happily share their passion for plants with customers. The garden center has weekly specials, events, workshops, everything needed for outdoor grilling, and supplies for gardens and lawn care. The online store whets the appetite for more than 125 fruit and vegetable plants, nearly 500 annuals, and an array of perennials, shrubs, and evergreens. 6024 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-922-6901,

Weber’s Greenhouse

This multi-generational family-owned business has a lineage that includes a fruitful relationship with Theodore Wirth. Today, John Weber runs the greenhouse with help from one of his sisters, a nephew, and the wife of another nephew. Annual and perennial flowers are staples here. The greenhouse also has loads of veggies and herbs to get gardens started. 5040 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, 763-537-0677,

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