The Mustard Seed is blessed to announce that we were selected by PLANET as the 2014 PLANET Community Stewardship Award Winner.

From PLANET Website:

Community Stewardship Award

The Community Stewardship Award recognizes PLANET member companies and organizations that have demonstrated leadership through their dedication and contribution to the good of the community. PLANET is committed to honoring those companies that have made a real contribution to their community.

Community stewardship is demonstrated by carrying out and/or participating in community service projects. These projects may be industry related (green care for troops, improving or maintaining public or school gardens, other lawn/landscape/interiorscape/tree projects, etc), or non-industry related (walk/run, raising funds for the community, blood drives). The entry must demonstrate the company’s consistency over a minimum of a three year period.

We are pleased to work with Landscape Management magazine as the media partner of this award. As a result, each of our winning companies was featured in their July 2014 issue and recognized at PLANET’s Renewal & Remembrance and Legislative Day on the Hill banquet dinner on July 28, 2014 in Washington D.C. In addition, PLANET will recognize these winning companies by listing them on the PLANET website and through social media efforts.

PLANET is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape and lawn care industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices, and business professionalism. 

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The Mustard Seed Landscaping & Garden Centers Named


Total Landscape Care has named Mark and Kay Halla, owners of The Mustard Seed Landscaping & Garden Centers in Chaska, Minnesota, 2014 Landscaper of the Year finalists. Presented by Case Construction Equipment, this annual program recognizes the 12 best landscapers from across the country.

The finalists and their guests enjoyed an all-expense-paid cruise to the Bahamas Nov. 15-18, and each landscaper will be featured in an issue of Total Landscape Care magazine in 2014. 2014 Landscaper of the Year Cruise Photo gallery here.

The Hallas run two garden centers, in addition to offering landscape design/build projects, tree maintenance, plant installs and site planning. They house a variety of plants at their wind-turbine-powered garden center, along with a petting zoo and playground for customer’s children. At Christmas each year, Mark dresses up as an elf and brings live reindeer to schools and the garden center.

“Mark and Kay’s faith and positive attitudes shine through in everything they do, whether they’re meeting with clients or talking to employees,” says Lauren Heartsill Dowdle, editor-at-large of TLC.

The finalists are selected for their impressive portfolios, business techniques, community involvement, safety records and for what sets them apart from others in the industry.

About Total Landscape Care:

Total Landscape Care brings professional landscapers the news and information they need to run successful businesses through monthly magazines, daily newsletters, web articles, social media and videos. For more information, visit To apply to be Landscaper of the Year, visit

Thank YOU for voting us the "SW Metro's Best Garden Shop" for 2014! We Praise God for His favor on us as we humbly remember that there is nothing good in us that He didn't put Him be all the glory, honor and praise, forever and ever!!!

Thank YOU for voting us the "SW Metro's Best Garden Shop" for 2014! We Praise God for His favor on us as we humbly remember that there is nothing good in us that He didn't put Him be all the glory, honor and praise, forever and ever!!!

PLANET’s 2013 Sustainable Company Recognition Award

On behalf of the PLANET Board of Directors and the Awards Committee, I am pleased to inform you that The Mustard Seed Landscaping & Garden Center is being recognized as a 2013 Sustainable Company Recognition Award recipient.

PLANET recognizes The Mustard Seed Landscaping & Garden Center environmental vision and leadership in business and is pleased to present you with this award to shine a light on your passion and commitment to the environment as a beacon for others to follow.

PLANET’s 2013 National Landscape Awards of Excellence Program



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The Mustard Seed Landscaping & Garden Center

2013 Best of the Southwest Metro Winners

Best Landscaper: The Mustard Seed

The past year has marked a homecoming of sorts for Mark Halla, owner of The Mustard Seed. He purchased the property where Halla Nursery and Garden Center used to be, last November, and this spring he opened another location of The Mustard Seed where Halla Nursery used to sit.
(10000 Great Plains Blvd., Chaska; 952.361.9954;
The garden shop and landscaping center is still open in it’s original location (6055 Hwy. 12, Chaska). And it still offers the same beautiful landscaping services, providing customers with design options, installation and even perennial garden maintenance. As the company continues to grow into its new spaces, its services may expand, too. —LP