The Mustard Seed team is an organization of highly motivated people that pride themselves on quality, efficiency and customer service. We were incorporated on November 10, 2003 by Mark and Kay Halla. In the spring of 2004, Eric Hagen, Kelly Lorenz and Cory Whitmer joined The Mustard Seed and were subsequently made partners. With a combined experience of over 100 years, the Mustard Seed immediately became known for our excellence in design and installation and our quality and variety of services provided for our customers. All of the partners of The Mustard Seed are MNLA (Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association) Certified Nursery and Landscape Professionals and deeply committed to giving back to the local community and industry. Click on the picture below to learn more about our team members!
Kelly Lorenz General Manager
Garden Center Managers Jill Edwardsen, Carrie Ewing, Annamarie Skogen, Kay Soupier, Andrea Hattouni
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Cory J Whitmer
Design & Sales Manager
Licensed Landscape Architect
Rachel Jensen Mueller
Thank you for the excellent work… I can’t believe how your team transitioned our monuments from ugly and boring into a eye pleasing, God honoring gardens of beauty. All of this in just one week. Since the completion of this project we get compliments on a regular basis. Please thank your team for doing a great job and having an eye for detail. Please feel free to take pictures to share with your customers.
Public Safety Manager
Dale Nelson Grace Church Public Safety Manager
I’m sure you know that a great landscape architect makes all the difference in an excellent landscaping job – but probably you didn’t know that we chose Mustard Seed because Rick Yokiel works there. He worked in the past with our original landscape architect and has a reputation for designing great natural landscapes. Now that the work is done we are thrilled that we chose him to design our property’s new look. We especially appreciate the flowing routes that are created by the walkways – they make the front entry much more inviting and tie the back deck to front of the house in a graceful curve, flowing out to the grass yard or onto the front deck. The large boulders, the choice of plants, the on-site time Rick spent making sure everything was in the right place - all contributed to the stunning results.
I’m sure we could have had the same amount of work done for less money elsewhere, but there is no way we would have ended up with the graceful, flowing lines and coherent, connected landscape without Rick’s wonderful design. As I’m sure you know, he is a real treasure.
Of course, execution is also critically important, and Eric Hagen did a masterful job of organizing the work and getting it done. He and my husband, Tom, became friends during the week and Tom came to appreciate his broad range of skills.
We are considering on-going maintenance by Mustard Seed, but here we have a problem. We often travel on business, frequently for weeks at a time. We know how to get work done and how to manage bills remotely, but it seems that your business is not set up to accept our business if we happen to be out of town. Every service that works on our house and yard has a method of accepting remote payment, but apparently we have to come to your site to pay, or be able to put a check in the mail (not practical from overseas). So I hope that you will find a way to update your payment systems so we can use your services in the future, even when we are traveling.
Meanwhile, I want to repeat one more time how pleased we are with Rick’s and Eric’s work.
Mary Poppendieck Eden Prairie
Tom & Mary Poppendieck
Thank you so much for the gift certificate you sent. You surprised us again with your over-the-top customer service and caring! We love doing business with you and are enjoying our beautiful yard, thanks you guys. We will be seeing you soon!