Woman listening to child in greenhouse

The main event

In Blog, Feature, Spring, Tonkadale Greenhouse by Jessie Jacobson7 Comments

Mother’s Day is the main event at Your Greenhouse Home this weekend. It’s like the Olympics, Kentucky Derby, Masters, World Cup/Series/Championship for greenhouse workers. That is what we are. Workers. At least that is what my kids call us. My kids! They are oh-so interested in what we are doing and continuously ask, “What are the workers doing today?” Consider this coming out of a 5 and 7 year old mouths. Workers. But we workers are the best in this biz. How lucky are we to have such ridiculously passionate workers?!

I love being a worker. I wear the same thing everyday and that’s okay! Bottom drawer jeans and shorts, top drawer shirts and middle drawer, assorted layers. Walter (7) asked me on the way to school this week, “Why do you wear the same shirt everyday? Can’t you just wear a normal shirt?” I said, “No, this is my uniform. I have 6 – one for each day I work.” He is already embarrassed of me. Little does he know, there is more where that came from.

I love being a boss. Margaret (5 1/2 according to her) asked me this week, “How do you become a boss?” I said, “Well, you work hard, make good choices and share your passion with others.” She will be a boss someday.

Work life balance is not a thing. Working on work life integration. My work is my life and my life is my work. I have everything I need and so much more. And so do you. Just look around.

Other tidbits

I have pneumonia in my right lung and am not happy about it.

Our new Tonka Terra potting soil bag debuted this week. Same good stuff, just updated branding. Hear that? We have branding!

Soil bags

Pest control using beneficial insects is going great. Do not be afraid of the little sachets attached to your hanging baskets. These contain good bugs eating bad bugs, specifically thrips and broad mites which are yucky pests in the green house. Just let them be. Don’t think this it’s fertilizer, cause it’s not – you will have to buy that separately.

The dinner plate dahlias were infected by a fungus on the tubers this year and will most likely not be available. Super bummer, but we can move on.

Our greenhouse manager, Mary is battling breast cancer and we miss her deeply this spring. A special Happy Mother’s Day to her.


Mother’s Day – A day to celebrate mothers, an all-inclusive holiday because everyone has a mother. Happy Mother’s Day to me and to you and you and you.

See you at Tonkadale, Your Greenhouse Home!


  1. Always enjoy reading your writings, Jessie!
    Please pass on my get well wishes to Mary–and tell her I miss bumping in to her at the Greenhouse! She’s in my prayers!

  2. AMEN Mother’s…..you do it all….and more! Tonkadale you are the best kept secret in MN. I am so glad l live near you.

    My husband gave me a gift certificate for Tonkadale some years past, I was so impressed that he found you! I had no idea that he
    knew who you are…Need to market to men….they sure can surprise their loved ones…..

  3. Jess, I am so touched by your blogs. This one especially. You are such a rare example of someone that is full of compassion for all living things. Being a mother is truly one of those jobs when this quality is super important. As a boss, you show your thoughtfulness to your employees and of course to your patrons. I also think of Mary and send good wishes for her complete recovery…she is a beautiful person, both outside and inside. Tonkadale is so lucky to be under your leadership…I have brought many people there to experience what a special place it is. I came there when my sister was diagnosed with Alzheimers and also when my Dad had just passed away. It is a calming place full of love and I hope you know how much you are appreciated. Thanks so much and Happy Mother’s day !

  4. Rest, give yourself time to heal.
    The greenhouse looks amazing.
    All will be well!

  5. Jessie, I saw you the other day when I’d come from 60 miles away to shop at your shop. I was impressed that you were humbly working like all the workers, your head down and intent, perhaps contemplative. I passed by quietly, content in the smells and the sounds of the beautiful music. So different from a man’s greenhouse~ Thank you…it was a gift to all who know motherhood.

  6. Happy Mothers day Jess! Please take care of yourself! We’ve this and are here for you!

  7. Your drive, commitment,energy and glowing spirit is an inspiration to us all!! Thank you for all you do and for who you are!!! Heal well!
    Lisa P

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