Celebrating 20 Years!


Twenty years ago, a dream of entrepreneurship, two years in the making, came true for one local family.  Steve Frankow, a UW-River Falls graduate with a degree in agriculture, and wife Cathy Hedge, graduate of Prudue University with an industrial engineering degree, recognized the need for a garden center in Green Bay’s East side.  With two kids and a third on the way, Steve and Cathy ambitiously worked toward their goal of opening their own garden center outside of their nine-to-five jobs by creating a business plan, obtaining land, re-zoning that land, getting building permits and the list went on.  “It wasn’t as easy to do the research then,” said Cathy, “I had to go to the library and sift through articles to create our business plan since it was before the days of Google.”   

After much hard work, their garden center, Ivy Trails Gift & Garden, opened in 1999 at 3200 Main Street, Green Bay.  Shortly after, their third child arrived and things didn’t slow down for them.  Steve worked tirelessly seven days a week taking any jobs he could in the beginning to generate income while Cathy continued working for Georgia Pacific Paper Mill and working at Ivy Trails after her regular work shift with their youngest child clinging to her hip. 

Together, they continued to build the business, adding more greenhouses and expanding their product lines into memorial gifts and more seasonal décor to create steady sales year-round.  As business grew, Cathy was able to quit her engineering job and work side-by-side with Steve at Ivy Trails.  In 2014, Steve and Cathy opened a second gift store location in downtown Manitowoc.  As their children grew-up each worked at Ivy Trails for a short time.  Today, their youngest, Gabrielle, still works at Ivy Trails along with attending UW-Green Bay as a marketing major.          

Ivy Trails has grown and thrived off the core value that the customer comes first.The staff at Ivy Trails works to ensure every customer leaves feeling good about their shopping experience and that they are satisfied with the quality of their purchase.

Hello Fall

With the chill in the air and the calendar flipped to October, it’s certainly feeling like fall!

Here at Ivy Trials it is looking like fall as well with blooming mums, giant pumpkins, straw and corn stalks. Inside our greenhouse and gift store you can also find festive accents and decorations.


Get Creative!

This week at our Green Bay location we are offering our customers the opportunity to come in and plant your own succulent centerpiece in a ceramic pumpkin! The cost is $15 and includes choice of three succulents, 4.75" ceramic pumpkin & soil. We have a large assortment of succulents to choose from, help, instructions & gloves are available as well.


Facebook contest!

This week, find a contest to win a fall porch pot on our Facebook Page! Contest runs through Monday, October 8th.

‘LIKE’ & follow our page to get notifications of other upcoming contests!

Summer Watering Tips

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Most new summer plantings will require watering daily, gradually cut back your watering schedule over time

To reduce watering needs work organic matter into your soil & cover  exposed soil with mulch

Consider utilizing rain barrels at the base of gutters to capture free water

Have Fun with Miniature Gardening!

Recently, we had a lot of fun making some examples of miniature gardening for a TV segment on Living with Amy.  You can watch our segment here to learn more about miniature gardening.  We sell everything used to make our samples and even the samples themselves are currently for sale at our Green Bay location! 

We are also running a Facebook contest to win a $50 Miniature Gardening Shopping Spree at Ivy Trails, Green Bay now through June 13th.  Enter by following the directions on our Facebook page! 


What to do in the snow?

If you're looking around at all the snow outside and feeling anxious about getting behind on your spring gardening, here's a few things you can do while you are waiting for the snow to melt.  

  • Test your soil
  • Start desired seeds indoors under lights 
    • It's a great time to seed herbs & flowers.  Stop by our Green Bay location to browse seeds, purchase soil and ask our experts for seeding tips. 
  • Clean, sharpen & grease garden tools
    • Prepare your tools for the workload ahead.
  • Give your houseplants some love and fertilizer
    • Transfer root-bound houseplants to a slightly larger container.
Pictured above is a root-bound Spider Plant in need of a larger container.  

Pictured above is a root-bound Spider Plant in need of a larger container.