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North Oaks Holiday Home Tour Designer Series
North Oaks Holiday Home Tour Designer Series


Meet the North Oaks Holiday Home Tour Designers

Arden Hills Nursery, LLC - Vicki Ebert Owner 

Arden Hills Nursery is a family owned business; purchased from Tom & Kathy Gosrude, who operated the nursery from their home 30 some years ago.  It started as a Christmas tree farm business, and today has progressed into 7 flower marts, located throughout the Twin Cities area.

We are Commercial Gardeners year-round and operate the retail Flower Mart, with four greenhouses in one location, located at our local Shoreview Village Mall, Hwy 96 and Lexington Ave., which is open in May and June. We have a very knowledgeable and experienced staff, including Master Gardener, Designers, and Horticulturists. Our plants are locally grown and we are big on supporting our community.  We provide custom planting services and also a do-it-yourself planting bench, encouraging our customers to get their hands dirty!  Together we grow, today you may not be a master gardener, but we help you become master of your garden! 

My passion is Native Gardening and making things grow in non-irrigated, deer and rabbit infested harsh condition gardens.  We specialize in developing gardens over a three-year period, to create a minimal maintenance, 70%perennial/shrub/tree s- and 30% annual color balance, called “constant bloom gardens”. 

This is my 4th year doing the tour.  I spend a lot of the year making beautiful designs for other people and this is an opportunity for me to get creative! They will see upside down pots to create pedestals, tomato cage Angels and Christmas Trees, reindeers made of sticks, old sleds and sleighs, etc.  Many of the wintergreens and much of the decorative items seen at the tour are all harvested from our North Oak gardens. Instead of composting annual grasses and items deadheaded during the season, they are hung, dried and painted to be used in winter pots.  We often drill holes and sink wild balsam and birch whips into the frozen ground to create a winter wonderland.    

Christmas trends seem to be in new LED lighting, silver and gold-with blueberry accents.  A Northwood’s look of wintergreens with Norway, Shore Pine and incense Cedar are king.  The spruce tip is used more as a filler this season, rather than the traditional main stem in many of the pots.  Use of magnolia, preserved and natural eucalyptus, along with yellow, red, birch and willow stems and cones create stunning pots.

 This is our first year of trying the Boutique.  We saw a need in our area to provide some decorator quality outdoor arrangements, wreaths, swags, individual wintergreens, and will be offering separate piece items, such as twigs, stems, magnolia bunches, eucalyptus, pods, cones, etc.   We will have a good range of priced items.  Some of the arrangements will be ready to go and others just the base pot of wintergreens that the guest can dress themselves.  Also, we will have Porch Pot Bags for 12” container, with mixed selected wintergreens, that the guest can take home for a do-it-yourself pot or window box project.


We look forward to seeing you at the North Oaks Holiday Home Tour on November 17 and 18!


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Lexington Floral


The North Oaks Holiday Home Tour represents holiday tradition at its best. 

Lexington Floral is a third-generation family owned and operated business and we are so proud to have been a part of this great event from the very beginning said Allie Tempelis of Lexington Floral.   

This annual event represents the very best of the North Oaks Community with the tying together of the businesses, the community, the North Oaks Golf Club, the North Oaks Guild 1 Volunteers who tirelessly work to create these beautifully decorated homes. And it is a great way to kick off a holiday season.

Lexington Floral is really gearing up for this holiday tour and season.  Design trends vary a bit each year, and this year, we are seeing beautiful champagne colors paired with classic burgundy and or reds.  You will also see fresh evergreen everywhere, in what we refer to as an “upscale lodge look”.  It’s a little rustic with a lot of charm.  

Once again, we will be designing in one of the homes and we will also have a table in the North Oaks Holiday Boutique where you can shop for and find beautiful, one of a kind items.  Stop in and see us during the Home Tour November 17th and 18th

To our customers, we say THANK YOU for supporting Lexington Floral these years, but most importantly, supporting this great cause.  The Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.   

Lexington Floral -  3414 Lexington Ave N. - Shoreview, MN 55126


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Hummingbird Floral and Gifts


I love doing the North Oaks Holiday Home Tour said Lugene Olson, Owner of Hummingbird Floral and Gifts in Shoreview.  

I can’t think of a better way to start off the holiday season.  It’s a great way for the shop to “get in the spirit of the season” and we all look forward to seeing the friends who come and visit from all over the city.  The Christmas holiday is all about giving, and our entire team is committed to making this a great event. 

In my mind, I can't think of a finer organization to give to, than the Children's Hospital Guild!  There are so many children in need and it makes me feel wonderful to think that maybe we can contribute to helping give a few of those special kids a better life! 

We donate to many causes throughout the year!  Philanthropy ties into my personal and business philosophy – we want to be a part of our local community and giving back is a part of this.

When we went to market this year, we walked away excited.  There are so many hot items for this year.  We are continuing to see the color gold weave its way into all themes; by itself, shiny, embossed, matted and full of texture with bright colors and neutrals and with other metals, like the popular rose gold.  We are also seeing the natural tones, such as white, cream, grey and green, with natural wood pieces, continuing to lead the scene.  Then there is the Bohemian trend, with brighter jewel tones like purples, blues and greens mixed with gold.  The up north trend is still popular which features reds and greens, mixed with classic plaids and black plaids. Add some fun woodland creatures coupled with birch elements and you have a holiday winner!  

Come start your holiday season with this wonderful event.  We will be designing in one of the homes and we will also have a table in the boutique.  This is definitely an event to do with friends.   So, call a friend today and start your holiday off by giving.  

Hummingbird Floral and Gifts
4001 Rice St Shoreview, MN 55126
651-486-0403 *


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Pottery Barn


"We have been doing the North Oaks Holiday Home tour for the past four years and our team has loved every minute of it”, said Ann Behnken from Pottery Barn.  

The North Oaks Holiday Home Tour is clearly one of our favorite events of the year.  It helps to kick off the holiday season while also supporting an incredible cause, The Children's Hospitals of Minnesota. 

We have some exciting changes for 2017.  We will have more members of the William Sonoma family decorating in the home tour.  Williams Sonoma is the parent company of Pottery Barn. 

Williams Sonoma will showcase great products for the in the kitchen.  They have had a great presence in this tour for many years and are thrilled to participate once again. 

Pottery Barn Teen and Pottery Barn Kids will be on display in the teen and children’s rooms, and Pottery Barn will complete the remainder of the showcase home.

There are so many great trends this year. We are seeing some great Holiday trends that include a beautiful woodsy look, multiple ideas in glitter and everything that sparkles.  

Rounding it out are beautiful plaids and of course, and maybe most important, one always needs to showcase Santa.  Each year it just seems to more and more beautiful.

Pottery Barn denotes comfortable, cozy and casual- something for everyone.  You will be sure to come away with some great ideas for the Holiday season.  The North Oaks Holiday Home tour won't disappoint you.



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