Gardener in East Grand Rapids

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Since 1908, the Huizenga family has tended to the same parcel of land that is now Huizenga Brothers Greenhouses and Garden Center. There, fifth-generation family members work alongside the staff in the greenhouses, where annuals or perennials for planting in pots or flower beds are doted upon.

3055 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

"As a culture, we’ve gotten away from digging our fingers into the dirt," says Craig Koetsier. At Koetsier’s Greenhouse, co-owner Craig is trying to change that and remind people—particularly the next generation—how to work with the earth. "We’re kid-oriented," Craig says, describing his center's plethora of youth-friendly diversions such as crafts and train rides; their smorgasbord of children’s spring activities was even featured on FOX17.

When he was a child, Craig ferried flats of petunias and impatiens around the family greenhouse. Today, he and his brother are third-generation owners of the business, and their sister works with them at the 100,000-square foot greenhouse where visitors spy hanging plants, annuals, container gardens, and flowering shrubs, asking them where they see themselves in five years to asses if they're a good fit. Although the Koetsiers still coax blooms from traditional favorites such as geraniums, their greenhouse has thrived over the past century by keeping up with contemporary gardening trends and transforming its stock in coordination each season. In the autumn, families arrive to play amid mazes and inflatables and assess the structural integrity of pumpkins before outfitting them with wheels and hitching them to horses. When winter blows in, guests browse the center's pine boughs and live evergreens to decide which to take home and string with decorations.

1601 Spaulding Ave SE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Celebrating more than 59 years in business, Katerberg VerHage, Inc.’s greatest strength is the experience and expertise of its staff. Current owner Tom VerHage has helmed the company for 49 years, leading an impressive team of horticulturists and technicians as they blend form and function to design, construct, and maintain award-winning landscapes. Registered landscape architects work closely with home and business owners to plan gardens that can accommodate any lifestyle or gnome zoning ordinance, and lawn-care specialists create a lush, green foundation for all projects. Dedicated garden experts help customers select and care for plants and other yard essentials, keeping options as affordable as possible by pulling options from the company's own tree farm and distributor. The company also offers mowing, mulching, fertilization, and pruning services and can put down pesticides to help keep yards free of irritants such as moles, insects, and door-to-door pesticide salesmen.

3717 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Advantage Irrigation handles sprinkler-system installation and repair needs of both commercial and residential lawns. Ensuring that lawns and gardens get the moisture they need to thrive, the technicians install complicated sprinkler systems that connect in a network of lawn-quenching pipes. Beyond installation to provide optimal warm-weather systems, the team heads to homes and businesses in order to prevent sprinkler pipes from freezing, cracking, or slipping into hibernation as winter arrives. The crew accepts appointments Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

5047 Wabash Ct
Grand Rapids,
Michigan
US

Run by a father-and-son duo, Endless Summer Lawn Care snips and beautifies lawns while offering a panoply of lawn-care and landscaping services to ensure each customer's verdant dreams blossom into picturesque fruition. Lawn maintenance keeps house beards neatly trimmed and presentable with edging, weeding, mulching, mowing, and more. Cultivate balanced garden geometry with landscaping services that outfit properties with paved and stone walks, sod and seed, planted flowers and trees, mulching and stone, custom wood fences, and more.

2345 Chicago Dr SW
Wyoming,
MI
US

Meadowview Farm's 80-acre campus and large indoor arena are the stage for a crew of talented steed whisperers who patiently steer aspiring equestrians toward horse-riding success. After arriving 15 minutes early for grooming and tacking, riders wrap their heads in one of Meadowview's helmets and begin the one-hour lesson, during which experienced instructors and friendly horses will instill apprentice trotters with the confidence and know-how to safely operate an equine vehicle. Once the giant hourglass on top of the stable indicates that the lesson is over, students will untack, groom, and cool out their horse to reward it for not galloping into any gunfights.

9914 Vergennes St
Lowell,
MI
US