A Classic Neighborhood Nursery & Garden Center since 1938.
In 1938 Kikujiro Mano needed a greenhouse to grow produce and flowers for his booth at the Pike Place Market. He searched for a site with full sun, good air circulation and access to distribution sources. Earlington Estates in the West Hill area of unincorporated King County was fast becoming populated with small greenhouse operations growing everything from hot house tomatoes, cucumbers and cut flowers for downtown sellers.
Here, on a four acre site, he established Mano’s Earlington Greenhouse. Most of those other early businesses have long since disappeared.
Tosh Mano worked along side his father through the years and in 1950 he and his wife Tomi took over the business. They followed growing trends carefully over the years—Easter lilies, cut mums and poinsettias were the backbone of their trade. In the 70’s bedding plants, fuchsias, geraniums as well as houseplants became popular. The growing diversified.
A long time customer of theirs was Paul Farrington, college student and avid gardener since age five. Paul was a plant collector, always looking for new one-of a-kind treasures. He was delighted to find many unusual plants hidden among the more familiar at Mano’s.
In October of 1995 the Manos, were ready to retire, and had closed down operations when now-landscaper Paul stopped by for just the right container plant. He saw the opportunity to fulfill a lifetime dream, and—teaming up with business partner Ron Minter—kept a neighborhood landmark from becoming another condominium project.
And so a tradition continues. The retail nursery staff is friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastically full-service. There are some familiar faces, former employees who returned to their old work place. The wholesale department continues to offer high quality hard-to-find annuals and exotics to professional landscapers and garden centers (99% of the annuals, geraniums and fuchsias are raised in the greenhouses). While Minter’s has a traditional foundation, they are driven to explore and innovate. You can still find your favorite bedding plants and vegetable starts in the spring and poinsettias in the winter, but you will also find the new, unusual and exotic. Visit Minter’s Earlington Greenhouse to revel in the old-fashioned excitement and fragrance of a working greenhouse and nursery—but expect to be surprised.
Meet The Minters Team
Managing Owner: Grower, Plantsman, Landscape designer. Estate gardener.
Paul discovered the nursery in 1978 and saved it from destruction in 1996. He is a dynamic speaker and popular instructor of informative classes that are also fun and entertaining, whatever your level of gardening skill.
"I haven't found a plant I couldn't like."
Sales Manager: A 3rd generation rosarian, Eddie joined us in February 2004, bringing his extensive background in retail nursery management, landscape design, and plant knowledge. An expert in rose culture from A-Z, he is a sought-after speaker and writer, regularly seen at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.
ROSES, of course! Salvia species, Japanese maples, and Viburnums.
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