About Us

Tonkadale Greenhouse offers an extensive selection of plants and flowers, including annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetables, succulents, African violets and tropical plants. Our specialties include fairy gardens, container gardens, and custom designs for every season.

Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will guide you and inspire you as you build your creation.

Upon entering Tonkadale, you are surrounded by the colors of the season. Tonkadale is open year-round. During our peak season, the greenhouse is filled from floor to ceiling with a colorful array of fresh plants just waiting to surprise and delight. We go to great lengths to offer the newest and most outstanding varieties of annuals, perennials and foliage plants each year.

Our Vision

To forever be your

Our Mission

To enrich lives by creating plant-inspired experiences as we connect everyone to beautiful spaces.

Our Values







Tonkadale Greenhouse has called Minnetonka home since 1947. The original owner, Robert Anderson, started the business as a breeder of specialty African violets. At that time, the business consisted of one 18’ x 100’ structure.

Anderson developed 200 new cultivars during his career and was considered a pioneer in the African violet breeding community. To expand the business, Anderson began producing spring bedding plants, an evolution that continues today.

The business was purchased by Bill and Shirley Maruska in 1978. The greenhouse facility was completely rebuilt in 1998 and the business began to grow.

In April of 2016, Jessie Jacobson (Bill and Shirley’s granddaughter) purchased Tonkadale. Jessie lives in Minnetonka with her husband Luke, two young children and dog, Bucky. Jessie loves to garden with her family and invites the community to enjoy her gardening journey as well. She is passionate about getting children involved in gardening!

Longtime customers remember the quirkiness of the “old” Tonkadale, but embrace the new Tonkadale and look forward to the future. Newcomers are delighted by the size and scope of the greenhouse and leave feeling refreshed and inspired.

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