Can’t Freeze This


Scott Endres of Tangletown Gardens shares how to keep your garden thriving during the winter months. Better luck next time, Jack Frost!

We can agree that Minnesota winters are often less than ideal. But for gardeners, they can be their worst enemies. After months of nurturing the fragile life sprouting from the rarely unfrozen ground, winter’s dark, looming presence can almost make even the most dedicated gardener call it quits—almost.

With the tips and advice of Tangletown Gardens’ Principal, Scott Endres, all gardeners will have their love, passion, and hope for their gardens back. Not even the coldest winter day is a match for Endres’ planting techniques.

“For newly planted perennials, it’s important to protect their roots from the cold. We suggest spreading shredded mulch in the garden bed at least two inches deep,” Endres says. “If you have leaves in your yard, you can use those instead. For newly planted trees, we suggest using at least four inches of mulch around the base.”

To protect your beloved plants from hungry rabbits, Endres suggests wrapping your trees with a tree wrap or tree guard. “You can also project trees and shrubs with a cage made of chicken wire. To protect from winter burn, wrap your boxwoods and arborvitae with burlap. If you have persistent critters, you can spray animal repellent (we suggest the brand Plantskydd), but you’ll have to reapply throughout the winter,” he adds.

If you’re not ready to say farewell to your plants during the winter months, Endres recommends investing in some indoor plants (if you don’t have large windows, relatively inexpensive plant lights are available in stores and online). Plus, they make great plants for friends and family.

Tangletown Gardens will be offering a Classic Holiday Wreath workshop, where you can learn to craft or maintain winter wreathes. Photo courtesy of Tangletown Gardens

“Indoor plants and succulent bowls make a wonderful gift because they provide living greenery as we venture into the winter months,” Endres says. “These are great gifts because they can be personalized with containers and design to match recipient’s style and personality. We also have handmade wall prints, local art, unique ornaments, air plants, gifts for the gardener, and much more!”

Even though your garden might not be at its best in the winter, there’s no reason your outdoor décor can’t be. Endres suggests utilizing container design in the winter as they offer instant gratification and can immediately add a boost of color or personality to your space.

“We use a variety of spruce tips, greens, and locally sourced botanical stems, which our designers beautifully assemble to spice up your outdoor space. We offer winter container design both as an in-home service, or you can bring your containers to our store for on-site design,” Endres says. “For interior holiday décor, we carry the largest selection of amaryllis bulbs in the Twin Cities.They come in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes and are a great pop of color around the holidays. We also carry fresh evergreen wreaths and centerpieces, which are individually designed and assembled at our Garden Center.”

Looking for a more sustainable, ethical Thanksgiving dinner? Look no further than Tangletown Gardens. With their Thanksgiving CSA program, you can have your turkey and eat it, too.

“We take great care to ensure our turkeys eat and live in a way in which they thrive and are never given hormones or antibiotics and all of our produce is grown without chemical pesticides. The Thanksgiving share includes a frozen Tangletown Gardens farm-raised, bronze breasted turkey (between 13-17 pounds), one quart poultry stock made by Wise Acre Eatery, one pound of Rochdale Farms’ salted, old-fashion, hand-rolled butter, and an assortment of Tangletown-grown fall vegetables,” Endres says.

Everything included in the Thanksgiving CSA share is locally grown in a way that is beneficial to the environment. “We believe our Thanksgiving share is a meal you can feel good about eating and sharing with your loved ones,” Endres adds. Plus, with everything under $120, it’s an affordable, farm-fresh option for a filling Thanksgiving meal.

Another way to celebrate the holiday season is Tangletown Gardens’  Thanksgiving Centerpiece workshop where “we demonstrate and share tips and tricks on how to make a festive Thanksgiving centerpiece,” Endres says.

Workshop admission includes instruction and design materials, including a variety of seasonal greens, add-ons such as seasonal branches, cones, autumn berries, ribbon, and more for your own custom creation. This workshop will be held Sunday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $59.

Another option is the Classic Wreath workshop, where “we demonstrate wreath-making ideas and share tips and tricks on how to keep your winter wreath looking great through the winter,” Endres shares.

Workshop admission includes instruction and design materials featuring a variety of seasonal greens including fresh, local balsam, fir, boxwood, and magnolia, as well as interesting accessories such as sugar cones, branches, and botanical elements. Guests can choose three yards of ribbon from Tangletown’s extensive selection, making it both seasonal and personal. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $69.

For more information, visit

Tangletown Gardens
5353 Nicollet Ave.

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