St. Louis Park was the home of several nurseries, especially
along Excelsior Blvd., which was dubbed “nursery and
greenhouse row” by the Dispatch.
Morton Arneson started operating his three
acres at 4951 Excelsior Blvd.
in 1929. This land became the site of two major
buildings. The first was the St. Louis Park Medical
Center. The second was built for a grocery story, but
also became the property of the Medical Center (Park
Roger V. Holt came out of the service in 1946
and started his nursery at 4600
Excelsior Blvd. The building was designed by his
brother (Sam Holt?) who was an architectural engineer.
He ran the business until at least 1964. In 1973 a new
building was built at the site, first serving as a pizza
parlor and then Jennings Liquors. The site is now part
of Excelsior and Grand.
The Minnesota Tree Service, run by Byron F.
and Marjorie Bell, was located at
4601 Excelsior Blvd. from at least 1933. In 1962 the
business (Minnesota Tree and Garden Center) moved to
Highway 169 and Shady Oak Road in Hopkins.
The St. Louis Park Greenhouse, run by Wallace
Plantikow, was located at 4617
Excelsior Blvd. Conflicting information gives his
start in 1927 or 1938. The building on that lot today
was built in 1945. The greenhouse continued until at
Leslie B. Santos Nurseries were located at
4801 Excelsior Blvd., across
the street from Holt. His building, built in 1945, was
in operation two weeks before Plantikow’s. On December
12, 1945, Leslie Santos opened Santos Art and Gift Shop.
Santos operated the site until 1953.
Larson's Greenhouse was run by C.F. Larson in
the 1930's. He was located at 4159 Webster, on the
same block as Brookside School. He grew his stock
in a glass greenhouse behind his house. We know he
was there from 1931 to 1937, but he could have been
there before and/or after that time. The
greenhouse was taken down in the 1940's.
This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.