Frank Gerten’s vision of quality garden goods in the early 1900’s began with a simple motto: “Buy from the Grower.” Frank began Gertens as a small truck farm, selling the produce he grew on his beloved land primarily to the local residents. Frank eventually handed his quickly growing company over to his two sons, Bob & Jerry.
In 1989, the third generation of Gertens became primary owners: Bob Gertens’ two sons, Lewis and Glen, and Bob’s son-in-law, Gino Pitera. This new generation exuded the same passion for local growth, keeping their grandfather’s vision close to heart.
During the summer of 1996, Gertens began an expansion project to increase our retail store to more than 40,000 square feet. With the widest selection of annuals, perennials and nursery stock in the Twin Cities, Gertens is only one of a handful of garden centers that grows the majority of the goods we sell, making your entire experience unlike any other. After all, it is only natural to buy from the grower!
In 2013 Gertens finished construction on a 2.5-acre high tech state-of-the-art Greenhouse. This addition will insure that our customers continue to receive the expected value and quality well into the future.
2014-2016 saw expansions of our growing areas in Lake Elmo and right here in Inver Grove Heights to increase capacity. It’s only natural to buy from the grower. In
2017 the fourth generation is growing the tradition, working to continue that it will always be natural to buy from the grower.
ABOUT PAVE TECH:
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SCHOOL for ADVANCED SEGMENTAL PAVING Hardscape education and training for paver industry professionals.
PAVE TECH actively participates in national associations such as ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute), the BIA (Brick Industry Association) and the NCMA (National Concrete Masonry Association).
About PAVE TECH
PAVE TECH stands for quality and service to the industry with the slogan “NO COMPROMISE”. PAVE TECH actively participates in national associations such as ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute), the BIA (Brick Industry Association) and the NCMA (National Concrete Masonry Association). PAVE TECH’s many contributions to the paver industry include seminars, site demonstrations, product videos and an indoor training center (The School for Advanced Segmental Pavement). PAVE TECH has been involved with numerous national TV shows including “Hometime”, “The Home Pro”, “Gimme Shelter” and “Home Savy”. PAVE TECH started out as a paver contracting business that has evolved into distribution of products which will make contactors more efficient with their time and materials. PAVE TECH is actively involved in research, development and education of products and techniques used in the paver industry. PAVE TECH distributes PAVE EDGE the proven best performing plastic edge restraint, SANDLOCK, an organic joint sand stabilizer, Paver Installation Tools and Equipment, PAVE CHEM, cleaners, sealers and Adhesives for hardscapes and Material Handling Equipment. PAVE TECH continues to provide the absolute best support for our products and our industry. Our commitment to provide the BEST in all areas continues to be the driving force behind PAVE TECH and its growth.