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Best Garden Center

Gertens

Maybe you have a neighbor whose digging in the mud is a surer sign of spring than the first robin sighting. That neighbor, no matter where you live, has probably made a trek to Inver Grove Heights at one time or another, to the giant garden shopping mecca that is Gertens. The place has everything, from native prairie grasses to exotic flowers to a large variety of trees. And not just plants and seeds but tools, watering supplies, and everything you might want to create your own backyard sanctuary, including grills, decorations, fencing, and furniture. The grounds are so vast that we would say you could get lost there, but Gertens is too well organized for that. The store has landscape experts who can help you make the best use of your space, and while they'll deliver your purchases for a fee, the employees are also talented at loading items into your vehicle: They think nothing of stuffing six evergreens and a few trays of seedlings into a small Toyota.

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