Bailey Nurseries Tour

This Minnesota nursery is a family affair, responsible for a mind-blowing range of new plant introductions each year.

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Bloomstruck hydrangeas, as far as the eye can see, at one of the flower farms owned by Bailey Nurseries in Minnesota.

Bloomstruck hydrangeas, as far as the eye can see, at one of the flower farms owned by Bailey Nurseries in Minnesota.

Minnesota in June is a welcome respite from the pea soup Atlanta summer.  Bailey Nurseries in St. Paul, Minn., opened their 2500-acre growing operation and headquarters up to journalists, including Atlanta-based HGTVGardens, for a tour of everything from greenhouse propagation practices and bare root shrub storage to plant robots that move containers from place to place with the precision of a control freak. 

Started in 1905, Bailey Nurseries, the brand behind Endless Summer hydrangeas, Easy Elegance roses and Ivory Halo dogwoods, has growing operations in Minnesota, Oregon and Illinois to ensure they are producing the right plant under the right conditions. 

This fifth-generation family business's president, Terri McEnaney, is one of the many, many Baileys working at the company, including her son Ryan, who does PR for the company, and another son, Dan, who shuttled journalists back and forth to the airport for the Bailey Backyard media visit.

The company employs 500 employees and 600 employees seasonally, including a small army of Harvest Automation's HV-100 robots to help in the laborious work of arranging plant containers and other small garden jobs.

Take a peek at this Bailey Nurseries Tour gallery to see the company's 2015/2016 plant introductions.