In 1955, James and Gladys Bluemel opened a small nursery dedicated to growing trees and shrubs and to helping locals with landscaping projects. Now, their son, Mike, runs the much-expanded family business, which thrives on bulk-supply sales, playground resurfacing, lawn care, and snow and ice control during snowman uprisings. Though he’s moved away from the nursery’s original shrub and tree business, he and his green-thumbed staff still maintain a garden center stocked with seasonal plants, garden décor, and essential supplies.
While customers browse Bluemel’s aisles, they'll likely spot a commonality between the perennials, annuals, flowers, herbs, and vegetables: a sticker reading “Dome Grown.” This label marks a plant born and raised in the garden center, which accounts for about 85% of the center’s living merchandise. Having tended and nurtured the plants since their geneses, the staff—who share 35 years of experience—can dispense tips on how to properly care for them, as well as share adorable baby-plant photos.
Although the big-picture motto “a clean home is a happy home,” guides the skilled staff members of Happy Homes during its detailed, in-depth cleaning packages, it's the little gestures that set them apart. Their dedication to detail extends to doling out free treats to canine residents as well keeping an experienced horticulturist on staff to tend to lawns. They also recognize that their customers spend a large part of their lives in vehicles and offer mobile car detailing and boat cleaning so that owners look and feel great when driving their boat down the highway.
The family-owned Garden Mart took root almost 20 years ago in Pewaukee before transplanting to Mukwonago in the spring of 2006. Inside the nursery, countless plants stretch toward the sky, including deciduous Japanese oshio beni maple and Weeping Norway spruce saplings that harbor ambitions of one day blotting out the sun. An ample garden nurtures annual and perennial flowers such as rabbit-resistant lamb's ear, drought-resistant honeysuckle, and daffodils. The Garden Mart also pays close attention to indoor and outdoor fauna, with accessories and fish to fill koi ponds, as well as a complete stock of pet items such as cat litter, pet shampoos and conditioners, and holistic Canine Caviar pet food.
The grassplot professionals at Green Machine Landscaping prep lawns to grow their greenest come springtime. During the aeration process, landscapers loosen tightly compacted soil and thatch in order to allow better permeation by water, oxygen, and magic beans. Newly decompressed soil extends an invitation for grass to grow healthier and for nutrients to transfer more effectively, which can help curb future infestations of crabgrass and weeds. Because no two yards are exactly alike, Green Machine's timely lawn tenders apply custom treatment to each tract to best serve its individual needs, whether it requires more water, has sandy soil, or just needs constant reassurance that its haircut looks good.
The florists at Bel Aire Flowers have been assembling visual and olfactory works of art since 1964, arranging vibrant and elegant pieces for any number of special occasions. Much like the curators of the Smithsonian, they restock their selection daily, bringing tropical flowers in from Hilo, Hawaii, and buying blooming plants from local growers. As professional FTD florists, they also prepare exclusive and branded arrangements, delivering their bouquets throughout Milwaukee as well as Waukesha and Lake Counties. In addition to blooms, the florist also lines Bel Aire's shelves with gifts and keepsakes, including teddy bears, balloons, and candies.