Our History

Initial founding

Initially founded as Lakeland Nurseries in 1977 by Phil Helland, Landscape Garden Centers has ‘grown’ with the Sioux Falls area for the past 41 years.

What started as a destination garden center in the vast rural environment just outside of Sioux Falls city limits, Landscape Garden Centers has blossomed into the regions premier greenhouse and landscape services provider.

From the beginning they’ve experienced many changes; including becoming enveloped by the sprawling urban growth of Sioux Falls and their transition from Lakeland Nurseries to Landscape Garden Centers in 1989. It’s these changes that have kept the company vibrant and allowed for them to consistently deliver the unique experiences that their clients have come to expect.

In 2000, Phil sold his rights to the company to his son Erik Helland and Paul DeJong. This paved the way for the company to strengthen its presence in the community and allowed for expansion of the business to include over 100 employees at the peak of the season.

In 2017, Paul stepped down from his ownership role and passed the torch back to Erik exclusively, making him sole owner and operator of Landscape Garden Centers. Currently, they’re looking forward to the next 41 years and want to thank everyone for helping Phil’s greatest vision become a reality.