Where do you buy flowers and plants every spring?
If you lived in Edina in the 1950s, you had a number of choices. Halla Nursery stood on the same site as today's Perkin's restaurant. Savory's Greenhouse, which still operates today, sold a wide variety of plants in addition to their hostas that is their claim to fame today. Just down the road from Halla's, Greguson's Nursery operated on 14 acres across from the Biltmore Hotel.
Helmer Greguson, his wife Crystal and son Paul lived next to the business at 5125 Vernon Avenue. The business address was 52nd Street at Highway 169 (Vernon Avenue).
Here's a closer look at the building with its prominent GREGUSON NURSERY lettering on the roof.
Here's the 1959 Edina phone directory ad.
We have a larger aerial photo of Vernon Avenue business that shows the business just south of today's Jerry's Foods site. Imagine 14 acres of plants and trees on Vernon Avenue today.
Does anyone remember the Gregusons? Did they move their business elsewhere, just as Halla's did? (Halla still operates today in Chaska.) Or did they sell the land and retire? Share your knowledge with us, by commenting here or emailing me.
Happy Friday, everyone! (I'll be spending part of the weekend replace a couple of flower pots that fried in this heat.)
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