Groth’s Gardens and Greenhouses was established on our family’s Iowa Century Farm in 1993. We are located 25 minutes southwest of Des Moines in scenic and historic Madison County. We began by growing field-raised fall mums, pumpkins, produce and ornamentals to supplement our farm income.
I had been a teacher for eight years before this but had decided it was in the best interest of our family if I could derive some type of income from our home. Our children were 11 and 8 when we set out our first mum crop of 500 plants. They are now married with families of their own, and still help out when they are home for a visit.
We expanded into the greenhouse business in 1997 at the encouragement of our customers. The spring business slowly overtook the fall business and we currently grow a large selection of Proven Winner annuals, as well as many other premium branded annuals and geraniums for container gardening. We grow over 2000 hanging baskets and mixed containers and provide our customers with the plants and supplies they need for success in creating their own designs. Our vegetative annuals and geraniums, grown in 4.5” and 6.5” pots, are blooming, bushy and ready to explode once planted in your containers and gardens. In 2023 we “retired” from the fall season and are now focusing all our energies on the spring greenhouse season.
People tell us they enjoy coming to the farm and getting to talk to the folks who grow the plants. We’re here on a daily basis and enjoy sharing and swapping gardening tips with our customers. Quality and service are of utmost importance at Groth’s. Our plants are tops —we grow them, care for them and know how they will perform in our area.
We are a retail greenhouse and operate on a cash-and-carry basis. We do not ship plants as we enjoy visiting with our customers face to face and prefer not be be concerned about whether or not the delivery service has turned our plants upside down!
At Groth’s we know that gardening is more than a hobby for our customers – it’s a passion – and we’re passionate about providing our customers with the best plants and service in the area.