Annual Garden Center opens May 11 in the Valley Natural Foods parking lot.

Annual Garden Center Opens May 11!

Garden Center 2017

Our annual garden center opens its doors on Thursday, May 11 at 10:00 am. Especially fun to note – it’s the fifth year making an appearance in our parking lot!

Once again, Rush Creek Growers (Spring Valley, WI), Green Earth Growers (Prior Lake, MN) and Glacial Ridge Growers (Glenwood, MN) are providing us with a wide selection of locally-grown, robust garden plants. The shelves are filling up fast with cool and warm season vegetable crops, heirlooms, hardy herbs and pollinator plants. In addition, beautiful floral, mixed herb and succulent hanging baskets are due to arrive on the scene. Year after year, those hanging baskets have been very popular as gifts for Mother’s Day. Since each one is unique, be sure to arrive on opening day to browse through the entire line-up!

Keep in mind, we’ll be receiving replenishment shipments and new plant varieties throughout the month of May on a weekly basis. Plan to visit several times to see what’s new on our garden center shelves.

Fill Your Own Bucket

Just outside the garden center is a mound of Harvest Moon Blend from Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Organics Recycling. The blend has a composition of 20% Peat, 40% Black Soil and 40% yard waste compost. You can bring and fill your own 5-gallon bucket for only $1.99. This garden blend can be directly planted in “as-is” or can be used to add volume to your gardens and raised beds. It is recommended to use a fertilizer to complete its nutritional profile.

In addition to the Harvest Moon Blend, a selection of natural soil amendments, fertilizers, potting mixes and other garden supplies will be available for purchase.

Passionate, informed employees will be on hand to help you decide what plants are right for your garden. Garden Center hours are Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. It will be in operation through Sunday, June 11.

About Our Local Growers:

Though not certified organic growers, Rush Creek, Green Earth and Glacial Ridge Growers employ organic growing practices. They adhere to greenhouse production techniques that allow them to operate without insecticides, herbicides or neonicotinoids. Visit each grower’s website for more information.

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