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By Tami Schluter
Historic Hutchinson House B&B
Minnesota gardeners can hardly wait for their local nurseries to open . . . and just a few miles south of the Twin Cities, Faribault is a gardener's dream. Whether starting from seed, bulbs, bare-root, or transplanting your favorite annuals or perennials, gardeners can find it all in Faribault. Once known as the Peony Capital of the World, Faribault was home to Brand Peony Farms, one of the oldest nurseries in Minnesota beginning in 1868. The Tischler family purchased the farm in 1968 and continued to cultivate and sell peonies until 2002, although much of the stock from the peonies was sold to Farmer's Seed and Nursery in 1978.
Farmer's Seed and Nursery was also no stranger to early gardening success. Established in 1888, thrifty German-American farmers settled in the southern part of Minnesota, which had become known for its agricultural activity. A catalog in the German language was distributed to 10,000 farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin and specialized in pasture grasses, clovers, seed grains and corn seed. A second catalog was later published in English, and the circulation grew to 20,000. Over 125 years later, the company mails out 20 million catalogs to all types of gardeners in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Farmer's Seed name and business has grown even more with the addition of a website about 10 years ago. Today, in addition to the catalog production facility, Farmer's Seed and Nursery offers a wide range of quality seeds, bulbs, gardening plants, fruits and vegetables and supplies to gardening enthusiasts.
And then, there's Donahue's Greenhouse. Specializing in clematis for several decades, they grow and ship over 700,000 clematis annually. You most likely will find their products at your local garden center and greenhouse, as they ship throughout the United States and Canada. Donahue's also operates a large retail store that is open mid-April through most of June featuring over 25,000 square feet of indoor retail space to shop a wide variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, tropicals, succulents and more. They are known as a true destination garden center complete with a spring opening celebration called ‘Potting Days,’ an event that draws gardeners from all over the region for a 3-day custom planting extravaganza.
Make the most out of your spring flower planting and shopping. Stay overnight at the Historic Hutchinson House B&B anytime through the month of May and receive a $25 Donahue's Greenhouse gift certificate to use toward flowers. The B&B is located just blocks from Donahue's and the quick drive is well worth the effort. Plant your own custom containers with free assistance from the experts during Donahue's 2017 Potting Days
Mark your calendar and plan to join ‘Potting Days’ 2017!
Friday, April 21st, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 22nd, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 23rd, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Faribault has a beautiful, historic downtown within walking distance of the B&B where visitors can find quaint shops, delicious restaurants and entertainment. Other notable attractions include the Faribault Woolen Mills, The Cheese Cave, F-Town Brewing Company, the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour and Paradise Center for the Arts.
Logan Ledman and Samuel Temple tell the story of the Sellner family and their legacy in this episode of 1855, focusing mostly on the invention and production of the Tilt-A-Whirl in Faribault.
Historic Hutchinson House B&B
Just 3 blocks from beautiful, historic downtown Faribault, Minnesota, this Queen Anne Victorian home is listed on the National Register.