BEST GARDEN CENTER Minneapolis 2002 - Mother Earth Gardens
3738 S. 42nd Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
The Cities and suburbs are scattered with greenhouses so jam-packed with lawn ornaments and holiday knickknacks that they might as well be listed under "toys" in the yellow pages--and there's nothing wrong with that. But the smaller neighborhood garden centers often have better service and better doodads. Located in a large lot across the street from the Riverview Theatre, Mother Earth has all of the essential utilities and unessential extras you'll need come spring, from attractive clay pots to kids' gardening items such as tiny rubber Sloggers. The large lot and indoor store are also filled with cool garden decorations, from a giant hand-crafted metal butterfly to a cast-iron tower that looks like an oil well. What's more, as its title implies, Mother Earth is geared toward the gardener who wishes to keep the soil, the earth, and the self healthy--which isn't as tall an order as it seems. There's a broad selection of organic gardening products, including seeds harvested from plants raised without synthetic pesticides. For anyone hoping to make a yard bloom without dumping a vat of chemicals into the neighborhood, this is a good place to start.