As you look out at the blank expanse that is your lawn during this time of year, do you feel something stirring inside of you? That is your desire to see paradise regained. Having spent so many months wreathed in the cold of winter, you cannot wait to see your green grass again – let alone the soft purples and ember reds and brilliant shocks of yellow that are your flowers. There is little wonder why the Bible depicts heaven on earth as a garden.
The coming thaw means Eden Prairie residents will soon start making the short pilgrimage to Chaska, home of The Mustard Seed Landscaping & Garden Center. There you will find the plants, materials, and expertise needed to turn any home into one that rivals Eden.
“We love helping everyone make their homes more beautiful,” said Kelly Lorenz, general manager of The Mustard Seed. “Many of our new customers are first-time homeowners who have always looked forward to feathering their own nests. Others have just retired – or are lucky enough to have been retired for quite some time – and want a picturesque place to relax in. Last year showed a lot of new people how important it is to love their surroundings while they’re staying at home. Whatever your vision and budget for your landscaping might be, our crew is ready to help.”
The Mustard Seed has hundreds of varieties of plants. They have shade trees and ornamental trees to complement any yard, ranging from crabapples to mighty oaks. If you would like greater privacy or year-round color, you’ll love their shrub and evergreen selections. And if you haven’t got space for an impressive lilac, then a hydrangea or rosebush is still certain to give your home lasting appeal. They have everything you could need to get your vegetable or herb garden started, too.
Flowers have always been the star of the garden center’s show. They have over 6,000 square feet of greenhouse space full of annuals and perennials, with regular shipments arriving weekly. You can get everything you’d need to revamp your yard, or just a hanging plant that will add a fresh splash of color to your front porch. They also offer customized containers that will brighten your porch or patio with unique flair.
“We have noticed a rising demand for native, pollinator-friendly plants in recent years,” said Kelly. “We stock coneflowers, butterfly weed (which really is too pretty to be called a ‘weed,’ if you ask me), and plenty of other plants that are naturally adapted to the Minnesotan climate and certain to make your home a haven for at-risk bees and beautiful hummingbirds. Be sure to visit our newly added pollinator garden, complete with a monarch growing machine!
“We know The Mustard Seed can be a little daunting with so many plants to choose from, but our Certified Nursery and Landscape Professionals will make things easy for you! Just give us some idea of what you want – a photograph of another home that you admire, or even from an Instagram page – and we’ll be able to bring your idea to life. And because every home is different, to us there is no such thing as a cookie-cutter landscaping project. We take your property’s unique qualities into account and work to bring its best aspects to life while improving other areas you may have found wanting in the past.
“The Mustard Seed makes a perfect summer’s day outing. Everything is in bloom here, and the chickens who have nearly full run of the place give it a certain rustic charm. Children especially love the Japanese koi pond and our playground. We also have a local petting zoo come to visit a few times a year. It’s always a treat watching our guests’ kids getting friendly with the gentle goats and bunnies.
“People often visit us after their trip to the nearby Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. They share pictures from their visit and oftentimes look for what they saw there in hopes of adding it to their own gardens. But here you won’t get escorted out if you decide to take a treasure home with you!”
Discover The Mustard Seed at 10,000 Great Plains Blvd in Chaska, or visit themustardseedinc.com to learn more about their offerings and events. If you would like to engage a landscape consultant, they are available to come to your home and tailor an estimate that aligns with your needs and budget. Lakefront and shoreline work is a specialty of Hagen Lawn and Landscape, their parent company. You can view their talent at hagenll.com.