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spring clean up fun

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 2:18pm

The days are getting longer, the birds are chirping, and the rains have started. It must be spring! Some of the bulbs are even poking their little heads out to say hello. These welcome signs of spring have many of us itching to get into our yards for some spring clean-up. 


If you left leaves and organic materials in your beds last fall, wait to clean them up until daytime temps are consistently in the 50s. Leaving this material for just a little longer gives beneficial insects like butterflies, bees, and lady bugs plenty of time to wake up and start their lives anew. Likewise, wait to cut back perennials, shrubs, and grasses to protect any beneficials that may have slept in the stalks or attached to the stems.


Use a clean pruner to cut perennials down to where new growth is emerging, but leave spring blooming perennials alone so that you can enjoy their flowers. Remove dead leaves and spent flower stalks from hostas and coral bells. Uncover bulbs in early spring when new growth starts to emerge.


Assess trees and shrubs and prune out any dead, damaged, or unruly branches. Many shrubs do great with a good spring haircut but be sure to avoid pruning early bloomers like lilac, azalea, chokeberries, and forsythia until after they have finished blooming. If you have Hydrangea macrophylla like Endless Summer, or weigela that blooms on old wood (last year’s growth), put the shears down and wait until new growth starts so you can see what is actually dead before you prune lightly. 


  • Remove and compost any annuals that you left last fall. 
  • Divide crowded perennials like hostas, irises, and daylilies. 
  • Assess flower and shrub plantings for overcrowded or bare spots.
  • Add mulch or compost as needed to flower beds in late spring. 
  • Prepare and plan vegetable beds and amend with compost or aged manure.

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These Uncertain Times

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 3:20pm
White crocus

With concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, we want to reach out to our customers to ensure you that we are taking every necessary precaution to keep our facilities clean and surfaces sanitized for the health and safety of our customers and employees.  As the situation continues to evolve, we are taking the necessary precautions as recommended by the CDC and other health agencies.

Gardening and working in the yard are great ways to spend time outdoors during this unprecedented time in our history and maintain social distancing.  Now is the time to teach our children about gardening and have them help in the yard!  Gardening is not cancelled.

Spring looks like it will be a little earlier this year than the last couple of years and we have already started to uncover our trees, shrubs & perennials. We anticipate being officially open the first week or so of April, but we do have some plants and bulk products available now.  The planting of trees and shrubs can be done safely as soon as your soil has thawed and time spent out in your gardens is a great way to lift your spirits in these uncertain times. 

Our shrub deck in the summer

Our plants are spread out over a wide area which will facilitate social distancing.  Inside the greenhouses, we will be diligent regarding the number of people inside to make sure we are providing the space needed for social distancing.

We encourage customers to call us or email us for more information and questions regarding our plants and we can discuss this over the phone or online.   We’d be more than happy to talk with you and look forward to your phone calls!

We can take your orders for plants and other materials over the phone – call us at 507-645-5015!  We’ll take your credit card information and process the payment.  We will be able to have plants pulled and ready to load into your vehicle, we always have people available to load bulk products into your truck or trailer or we can also deliver products to your home and leave plants along your driveway.  Give us a call and we can explain all of our delivery options!

Please be certain to “Follow & Like” our Facebook page and sign up for our newsletter on our website for updates and product posts.  Feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.  We are committed to providing you with the absolute best customer service possible and want to make your shopping and gardening experience safe, easy and enjoyable.

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Hosta – 2020

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 12:12pm
Hosta Sum & Substance

I am beginning to see the edges of some of my hosta gardens appear as the snow starts to melt and the days are getting longer.  The anticipation of spring fills the air.

Hosta are still one of the most popular perennial plants.  This season we have over 100 different varieties available for sale and included in this number are over 15 new varieties. 

The “mouse ears” line of hosta has been around for many years with Blue Mouse Ears probably being the most recognizable.   New for us this year are Mouse Madness and Mouse on the Moon.  Both are miniature hosta – Mouse Madness being slightly larger.  Mouse Madness is a variegated  plant and Mouse on the Moon is blue/green in color. 

New varieties also available in late May will be ‘Doubled-Up’; ‘Glossy Ruffles’; ‘Road Rage’ (this one is definitely funky – puckered and crinkled leaves); ‘Royal Crest’; ‘Sunny Day’; ‘Yippie’; ‘Hovercraft’; ‘Let’s Twist Again’; ‘Parthenon’; ‘X-cellent’; ‘Bulletproof’; ‘Forbidden Fruit’; ‘Sorbet’; and ‘White Feather’.   We’re excited to be offering Hosta White Feather  as we always get requests for a white leafed hosta.  

The Hosta of the Year for 2020 is Hosta Dancing Queen.  Each year the American Hosta Society names a hosta for this honor.  To be named Hosta of the Year, the plant has to have done well in all areas of the country, be readily available and moderately priced.   Hosta Dancing Queen is certainly going to light up your shade garden with the bright yellow leaves.   This medium sized hosta will stay yellow almost the entire season.   Plant it as a specimen plant and match it up with some blue/green hosta for great contrast or other shade perennials.

Hosta Dancing Queen courtesy of Walters Garden

We have a handout available in our hosta sales area that lists all of the hosta that have been named Hosta of the Year for the last 24 years.  Check it out and see just how many you have in your garden!

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