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Updated 4-12-16
As Growers We Know & We Want You To Know. At Gertens, our roots started almost 100 years ago, with growing vegetables. We continue to follow the practices of growing  the best variety and quality plants, trees and shrubs.  For three generations, as growers, Gertens strives to be stewards of an ecologically balanced approach to growing plants.

Gertens is very aware of issues and questions concerning the use of neonicotinoids and other insecticides. Gertens refrains...
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Gertens 1934

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, selling the produce he grew on his beloved land primarily 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' two sons, Lewis and Glen, and Bob’s son-in-law, Gino Pitera. This new generation exuded the same passion for local growth, keeping their grandfather’s vision close to heart.

Glen Lew Gino
Glen, Lew & son-in-law Gino in 1989

During the summer of 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 only one of a handful of garden centers that grows the majority of the goods we sell, making your entire experience unlike any other. After all, it is only natural to buy from the grower!


In 2013 Gertens finished construction on a 2.5-acre high tech state-of-the-art Greenhouse. This addition will insure that our customers continue to receive the expected value and quality well into the future.

2014-2016 saw expansions of our growing areas in Lake Elmo and right here in Inver Grove Heights to increase capacity. It's only natural to buy from the grower.