After studying genetics at UW–Madison’s College of Agriculture, Gwen Condon opened a garden and landscaping center in the hopes of making local exteriors more beautiful and fashionable. Gwen began traveling to shows in Germany, England, and Italy in search of gifts and garden accessories. Her shop quickly grew into an inspirational garden, where customers wander paths lined with seasonal plants, from spring flowers to fall mums to winter killer tomatoes. The knowledgeable staff makes sure to clearly label each plant with lighting and water requirements.
Additionally, customers can show photography of their yards to Garden Gate Nursery staff to get tips on plants, shrubs, or trees that would thrive there. The garden tamers’ most popular service is what they call the “Please Come Stand in My Yard” consultation, a house call in which they scope yards and inspect any problem areas before sharing their ideas and recommendations.
Jung Garden Center's five verdant locations flourish with a multitude of seeds, bulbs, and live plants to spruce up windowsills and landscaped yards. Customers can transport spring to flora-starved yards by sprinkling the seeds of the Alaska shasta daisy ($2.25/200-seed packet), or ward off colds and close social interaction by planting 10 200-seed packets of garlic chive herbs ($15). Lady Mix marigolds ($3.45 for a 50-seed packet) permeate spaces with citrusy hues, and the bright red Lizzano hybrid tomato ($5.50 for two 10-seed packets) tries to sneak out of backyard gardens disguised as a clown nose.
Bergmann's has matched customers with quality appliances, electronics, mattresses, and furniture for more than 40 years. The shop carries major brands, such as Maytag, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Serta, LG, and Sony, and their expert staff and encyclopedic robot are always on hand to expound on each item's features. In addition to its knowledgeable salespeople, Bergmann's employs technicians with factory training to professionally install and repair appliances.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
As a local grower of all its products, Mayfield Nursery Inc. runs more than 80 greenhouses yielding a total of about 750,000 plants every year, including more than 1,200 varieties of perennials and herbs. Like bratwurst, plants marked with a Green Select Perennials label thrive in Midwestern climates. Vibrant and diverse, perennials range from velvety red pomegranates to delicate white snowdrops.In addition to a huge array of perennials, the nursery stocks herbs, vegetables, trees, and shrubs alongside stone bird baths, pottery, garden accessories, and gifts. Upon request, staff members offer delivery services, consult with clients, dispense helpful growing and planting tips and can even plant a container of lush blooms for you.