Great Garden Centers: Linder’s

lindersUpdate: This post was updated to correct the date of the Weekend of Fundraising. Our apologies for the error.

We’re fortunate to have several large, independently owned garden centers in and around the Twin Cities. All of them are great sources of information for gardeners and, we should note, all of them have been supportive of the work of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.

Today, we are going to highlight Linder’s, a 103-year-old garden center based in St. Paul. Linder’s is a three-generation family-owned nursery and garden center and it all started with celery! Here’s how the Linder’s website describes the business:

Originally, Linder’s was started by Albert Linder in 1910 who grew celery and other vegetables to take to market. Over the years as the demand changed, he transitioned to growing flowers and phased out the vegetables.

Albert passed the business on to his sons, Peter Linder Sr. and Walter Linder who continued to successfully expand the flower production and build several greenhouses to sell their flowers to both wholesale and retail customers. Peter’s children, Dave, Rob, Pete and Lill are the third generation of Linder’s to continue to offer the tradition of high quality and service that stand behind the family name.

Today, Linder’s is a full-service nursery and one of our great garden centers. The main store is on Larpenteur Avenue in St. Paul and the company has 50 seasonal flower marts located from Becker to Hudson, Wis., to Lakeville.

I grew up not too far from the main store, so my Mom and I often shop there when looking for mixed flower baskets for her front porch, succulents for her little succulent dish garden or plants for her terrarium. At this time of year, the big greenhouse is filled with annuals, perennials and vegetable starts. It’s a veritable sea of color — just what we need after this winter. Outside, there’s a wide selection of trees and shrubs. In the main store, you can also find a big selection of  containers, decor and equipment for water gardens, and much more.

Linder’s has a long history of giving back to the gardening community, and from May 17-20, the stores are offering a special for supporters of MSHS. Just fill out this fundraising invitation, bring it to the store, shop to your heart’s content and give the invitation to the checkout clerk. Linder’s will donate 15 percent of your order to support the work of MSHS! Members will still get their 10 percent discount, so bring your membership card.

Thanks, Linder’s, for being such a great garden center — and a great contributor to green causes in Minnesota.

—Mary Lahr Schier