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Beyond the Garden Gate opens in Hammond on May 5. Above, owner Liz Beukema stands in the "garden gate" while holding one of the gift wrapped plants that will be available Mother's Day weekend.

Beyond the Garden Gate opens in downtown Hammond

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A new plant shop has sprouted at 940 Davis St., in Hammond.

On May 5 Beyond the Garden Gate will be open for business. Owner Liz Beukema plans on bringing personality and plenty of plant knowledge to her gardening business.

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Beukema, also the owner of Constant Color Perennials, knows her plants well. Beukema grew up in the greenhouse business in Rhode Island and was a science major studying plant genetics in college.

Beukema said Beyond the Gate will be a small scale full-service garden center offering annuals, perennials, veggie starts, hanging baskets, trees and shrubs, garden materials and accessories as well as classes and consultations.

"The one thing I love as much as growing plants is talking about plants and teaching people about new plants and how to get along with plants that they maybe haven't had success with in the past," Beukema said. "Gardeners are a whole different breed of people. They're super fun and they rarely don't want to talk about what happens in their garden and talk about their gardens, what's been working and what hasn't been working. It's always a lively conversation to offer new things that people haven't known about or tried before."

Beukema said customers can expect quality products from Beyond the Garden Gate.

"It's really important to me that the products people get from us are good, healthy plants and they're going to be successful with them. We don't sell anything that isn't made to survive winter here in Wisconsin. They are all plants that are appropriate for this area," she said.

Although Beyond the Garden Gate is a small plant shop, Beukema said she wants to keep the prices low.

"We know that all the plants that go out our door are the highest quality that they can be. I don't sell anything I wouldn't buy myself and I also don't think you need to spend a ton of money on plants. It's important for us to try to keep our prices reasonable," she said.

All of Beukema's plants are locally grown and she is also incorporating recycled and sustainable products into her garden inventory.

Beyond the Garden Gate will be open from May 5 to June 26.

Beukema said she loves working with plants, but is really excited to work with people on a daily basis.

"You can grow plants all day, but it's people that make everything interesting. I'm really excited to work with customers and meet new people," she said.

Beukema is confident her business will bloom in downtown Hammond, "If you have good products and good service, people will come," she said.

For more information about Beyond the Garden Gate, go to www.gardengateplantshop.com, call 715-796-2899 or visit the shop at 940 Davis St. (next to Sandy Brecht Photography.)

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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