Owner and grower Colleen Carlson started growing at the young age of 20. A few years later her twin sister, Kathy Carlson, joined the fledgling business. A shared passion for gardening, and discovering and growing new varieties as they became available led to the development of a flourishing wholesale greenhouse business.

With Lakeside Garden Center wholesale business established, we decided to branch out to the retail market in 2003 and the first Butterfly Gardens Flower Mart was opened in Montrose.

As we developed our skills at hand-selecting the best annuals, perennials, veggies, and herbs for you, we spent our days and evenings in the greenhouse inventing new and fun container gardens.
As time went on we expanded to Maple Grove, then to Maple Lake, and now Annandale!

We start planting in January. It is amazing to spend your winter days in a warm greenhouse planting and digging in the soil. The greenhouse is a magical place to be when the snow is still piled high outside. The moment you walk inside you are welcomed by the smell of plants and earth as mother nature gives you hints that spring is just around the corner!

We love what we do-growing plants and bringing beauty into the world-and we take pride and joy in sharing this beauty with you. Thank you for trusting us to provide you with vigorous, healthy plants.
Kathy & Colleen