American Made Since 1920

Gino Pitera & Lew Gerten & Glen Gerten

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Gertens is the midwest's premiere garden center. Gertens grows on site and sells directly to the gardener. We care enough to grow it ourselves.

Tell us about your business.

Frank Gerten’s vision of quality garden goods in the early 1900’s began with a simple motto: “Buy from the Grower.” Frank began Gertens as a small truck farm on his beloved land, selling to the local residents. Frank eventually handed his quickly growing company over to his two sons, Bob & Jerry. In 1989, the third generation of Gertens became primary owners: Bob Gertens' sons, Lewis and Glen, and Bob’s son-in-law, Gino. This new generation exuded the same passion for local growth, keeping their grandfather’s vision close to heart. In 1996, Gertens began an expansion project to increase our retail store to more than 40,000 square feet. With the widest selection of annuals, perennials and nursery stock in the Twin Cities, Gertens is one of the few garden centers that grows the majority of the goods we sell.

What makes your business stand out?

Gertens plants are grown just a few hundred feet from where the end customer buys them. This eliminates shipping and the costs to the customers wallet and pollution to the environment. In 2013 Gertens finished construction on a 2.5-acre high tech greenhouse allowing us to grow our plants as green as possible, saving water and power and passing those savings onto the customer.

What's the best business advice you've received?

From the man who founded our business, "It's only natural to buy from the grower." - Frank Gerten

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    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

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    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

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    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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