In 1953 Grandpa George made a big change at the family's fruit farm. A third generation fruit-farmer, George sought to capitalize on the post-war boom in Winona, so he tore out the old apple orchard and turned 'Maple Hill Fruit Farm' into 'Maple Hill Nurseries' - growing trees shrubs and evergreens for local homeowners. Over the years, the product lines were expanded to include potted roses and bedding plants like marigolds, petunias and geraniums, along with vegetable plants from local growers; sold roadside at the small Garden Shop operated by his wife, or at one of the many local markets he would visit.
In 1982, George's daughter Georgina and her husband Stewart began to take over as second generation owners - completing a decade-long transition in 1992. They modernized the business with new greenhouses, a storefront and increased parking, along with adding popular new product lines like perennials, soils and other garden supplies. Georgina and Stew put their own stamp on the business by renaming it 'Winona Garden Shoppe'
By the early 2000's however, the couple were looking to start slowing down - which led the way to their son, George's grandson, Jeff taking over in 2008. Jeff began by simplifying the name to 'Winona Gardens', along with expanding the businesses' product lineup and returning to his family roots by expanding the amount of onsite growing ten-fold, all while maintaining Grandpa George's commitment to quality, family and community.
Today, Winona Gardens offers an array of fresh, local-grown trees, shrubs, evergreens, roses, vines, annuals, perennials, planters & hanging baskets, vegetable, herb & fruit plants, fruit trees, seeds & bulbs, bagged soils & mulches, fertilizers & pest control products, fresh-cut sod and garden supplies. In addition, we are also proud to offer various seasonal potted plants including gerbera daisies, easter lilies, potted bulbs, fall mums and poinsettia. And don't forget our seasonal cut pussywillow, pumpkins, corn-stalks and straw bales, as well as fresh cut christmas trees, greens and wreaths.