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It's time to think about Spring!

Do-it-yourself landscaping tips and resources from the professionals at Patio Town in Oakdale, Burnsville and Maple Grove and its design/build division, Villa Landscapes, located at each store.

Late winter is not too early to plan your spring landscaping projects. Through this blog, I’ll share tips and resources with you from our talented professionals at Patio Town and Villa Landscapes. Post your questions and ideas in the comments or send me an email, and I’ll address them in future columns.

Our stores in Oakdale, Burnsville and Maple Grove reopen for the season Feb. 18. I invite you to visit and see what’s new. Stop to see us and get advice on your landscape projects at the St. Paul Home & Patio Show, Feb. 14-17 at St. Paul Rivercentre or the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show, Feb. 27 – March 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

For this first post, I want to share a little about our second-generation, family-owned company. As the vice president of Patio Town and its design/build division, Villa Landscapes, I’ve been with the company for quite a few years! 

Peter Blomquist and his wife, Sharon, founded the Patio Town in North St. Paul in 1965. It was the Twin Cities’ first retail store where homeowners could purchase rock, pavers and retaining wall units and see acres of displays. The Burnsville store opened in 1975, and the Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove store opened in 2001. The flagship store moved a few blocks to Oakdale in 1991. If you lived in Twin Cities back then, the Patio Town Pete logo, still used today, might be a familiar face.

Peter was an inventor and entrepreneur, leaving a corporate career to pursue landscaping, his passion. He patented the original VERSA-LOK retaining wall system, which consists of solid units that feature a top-down, hole-to-slot pinning system, the first of its kind in the industry. VERSA-LOK retaining walls are heralded for ease of installation by do-it-yourselfers and professionals alike as well as durability, beauty and design flexibility for curves, corners, stairs, columns and freestanding walls. At Patio Town you’ll find the full line of VERSA-LOK products plus pavers, rock, mulch, outdoor furniture, garden décor, fire features and much more.

That’s a little about us. We want to hear from you! What projects do you have lined up for spring? Do you have a stubborn landscape problem you need to fix? What have you always wanted to do yourself but were afraid to start?

Discover acres of displays, hundreds of ideas and always free advice and how-to seminars at Patio Town, the Twin Cities’ premier do-it-yourself landscape supplier since 1965 with stores in Oakdale, Burnsville and Maple Grove. Or if you don’t want to DIY, work with our award-winning designers at Villa Landscapes, Patio Town’s design/build division.

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