Bachman's will open its largest garden and landscape center to-date in May 2005. The new concept, called Cedar Acres, is located in Farmington, Minn. Situated on Bachman's 629-acre growing range, Cedar Acres will have the broadest line of nursery, landscape and hardgoods products in the Twin Cities market, according to Dale Bachman, president of Bachman's.
Bachman's Cedar Acres is geared toward the garden and landscape customer who is either a "do-it-yourselfer" or is working with a landscape designer and wants to personally select their trees, plants, shrubs and hardgoods. Three horticulturists and an in-store landscape designer are on staff.
"I've seen this major garden and landscape concept work around the country and world," said Bachman. "Cedar Acres will be a regional center and is positioned in the middle of massive residential growth in the southern Twin Cities metro area. The local customer base is growing as fast as any place in the state, and Cedar Acres, with its large selections, information, ideas and activities, will be a destination 'experience' for people living beyond the local neighborhood," he added.
Cedar Acres will serve the greater Twin Cities metro area, as well as communities such as Northfield, Owatonna, Faribault, New Prague, Shakopee, Cannon Falls, Savage and Prior Lake.
During its first year of operation, Cedar Acres will be open seven days a week from May through late October. A major month-long grand opening celebration is planned for May, with a soft opening in April 2005.
The new center will sell the full range of products Bachman’s produces, including trees, evergreens, shrubs and greenhouse crops such as blooming plants, annuals, perennials and seasonal favorites.
Cedar Acres, with its vast interior and exterior space, will showcase Bachman's complete offering, including container-grown and balled and burlapped trees, in a huge selection of varieties and sizes. A full selection of sun and shade annual and perennial plant varieties in all sizes will be featured both outside and inside a 10,360-sq.ft. greenhouse with state-of-the art "open sky" computer-controlled technology. Also offered will be a large assortment of shrub roses, hybrid roses, vines, groundcovers, bulbs, seeds and sod.
Cedar Acres will carry a line of landscape products available for purchase in bulk, including rock and organic mulches, boulders, concrete products (pavers, stackable block walls and more). Additional products will include soil, sand, natural stone, edging and decorative rock.
Cedar Acres will also carry garden care products, accents and accessories, tools, bird supplies, containers, watering and water garden supplies, and a unique selection of statuary and fountains.
Throughout the 14-acre Cedar Acres site, giant display gardens will showcase ideas for planting trees and shrubs for landscapes and perennial and annual gardens, in both sun and shade. Water gardens, including a unique waterfall, will offer dramatic and unique outdoor ideas. Cedar Acres will also feature a golf putting green where customers may "take a break and practice their short game!" quipped Bachman.
Cedar Acres will employ approximately 50 full- and part-time employees. Cedar Acres General Manager is Susan Bachman West. For more information on the new Cedar Acres call (952) 469-3833.