In 1880, a horse-drawn cart traveled Windmiller Hill (now Madison Avenue) offering fresh produce to the residents of Mankato, Minnesota. That humble operation quickly evolved into a brick-and-mortar business selling flowers and plants. One of only a few florists in the area, its pieces became prized memorials for funerals across the Midwest.
Over the years Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse grew and became a bustling retail florist and garden center. In 1976, the business was purchased by Larry Van Tol
and Noel Van Tol
, from Noel’s parents Eddie and Marguerite Keane. We are proud to be a family-owned operation.
The Legacy of Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse was founded on the production of homegrown roses, several varieties of cut flowers, annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables. For over 25 years our in-house horticulturist Mark Resch continually researched unique fresh flowers and plants along with innovative and eco-friendly growing techniques.
Our greenhouse operations were in production until the summer of 2015 when we decided to grow in a new direction and repurpose our historic land that once housed our growing ranges.
Today, COO Kathy Van Tol
oversees a staff of talented and creative floral designers. Her vision is to continue the Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse legacy of excellence for generations to come.
Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse has been growing for you since 1880 and today is the premier source for flowers, plants, stunning floral arrangements, weddings and design services in the Mankato area and southern Minnesota. We also offer flower delivery nationwide.
We look forward to welcoming you to Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse where we offer freshly grown flowers, plants, seasonal home décor, classes and event consultations. Shop online now
to have beautiful, unique floral arrangements delivered anywhere in the country.
Hilltop Florist makes regular deliveries Monday through Saturday and funeral deliveries daily.
Orders placed by 2:00 pm (CST) receive same day delivery. All flowers arrive by special delivery with a smile from our friendly staff.
- Mankato/North Mankato $9
- Eagle Lake $12
- St. Peter/Kasota $20
- Nicollet $20
- Lake Crystal $20
- Madison Lake $20
Kathy Van Tol, COO
Kathy joined the team at Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse in 1990. Her education and extensive background in architecture and interior design make her an amazing asset to the organization. Kathy manages all aspects of the business ranging from the retail shop to daily operations of the greenhouse.
Her tireless work ethic, keen eye for market trends and skill at maintaining a professional high quality staff helps to achieve our mission and goals of our predecessors while providing the highest quality product and superior customer service.
Kathy is also a valued member of the local community dedicating her time and talents to the MRCI Foundation Board, YMCA, Mayo Clinic Health Systems Auxiliary Board, Greater Mankato Growth and more.
Larry Van Tol, CFO
As a successful entrepreneur, Larry graduated from the University of Minnesota and became a top corporate executive at an early age. After deciding to relocate to Mankato, he and his wife Noel Van Tol, purchased Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse in 1976. He decided to return to school to obtain his Horticulture degree. He has successfully grown Hilltop from a small florist to a large multifaceted company. His knowledge of plants and extensive growing experience continues to be one of the companies most valuable assets. His attention to detail, dedication and determination to be the best has proven to be the cornerstone of Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse.
Noel Van Tol, CEO
Noel’s talents, along with her roots, run deep. Purchasing Hilltop from her parents Eddie and Marquerite Keane, her loyalty, dedication and foresight have provided the essential building blocks to grow and redefine Hilltop Florist. An industry leader, serving on the boards of several florist associations help to keep Hilltop on the cutting edge of the floral business. Noel is a creative and innovative florist, who has mentored many inspiring floral designers throughout the years. Her involvement in the arts and local community has brought her much joy and recognition. She truly believes flowers work their way into our souls and become a lifetime necessity.
Sarah Gilberto, General Manager
Sarah came to Hilltop Florist in 2007 after relocating from her hometown of Rochester, Minnesota. Her experience spans 13 years in the floral industry. Sarah earned an Associates degree in Computer Art and Design from Rochester Community and Technical College. She also graduated with honors from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Art degree in Mass Communications and Advertising from Winona State University. Like most college students needing a part time job to make ends meet, she started out as the low man on the totem pole at a reputable florist in Rochester. She quickly worked her way up and learned that floral design was her talent.
Besides being a talented floral designer and with her background in advertising, Sarah is an integral part of our marketing and social media here at Hilltop Florist.
Sarah’s passions are designing unique, contemporary arrangements and working with brides to design their dream wedding. The highlight of her young career was being named the Minnesota State Florists Association Designer of the Year in 2013. She is a great inspiration to all new aspiring floral designers and she looks forward to propelling Hilltop Florist into the future.
Ruth Earls, Assistant Manager
Ruth started her career as a floral designer in 2011 by stepping in and helping a florist over Valentine's Day. There she realized her love for flowers and creating beautiful designs. She joined the Hilltop Florist design team in 2012 and brought with her a fun, creative spirit.
Over the years, Ruth has developed a strong sense of design and her leadership skills earned her the title of Assistant Manager. Her style combines unique flowers and textures. Ruth's talents include creating stunning bridal bouquets and working closely with wedding clients to make sure that their wedding is special and unique.
Ruth looks forward to growing her talents and learning more of the floral industry.
Judy Abdo, Administrative Assistant
Judy joined the Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse team in the Fall of 2009. After a long career as a customer service representative for Taylor Corporation, she was ready for a new direction and challenge.
Her sunny disposition, attention to detail and people skills, along with her sense of humor landed her dream job as Administrative Assistant.
Judy, a.k.a "Jude", has many responsibilities including overseeing the perpetual care and "Blooms for a Year" programs. She handles all the accounting, technical support and human resources for Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse. During the holiday seasons she is always willing to lend a hand for any task that needs to be done.
Her impeccable customer service and team leadership skills are keys to our continued success.
Kelly Matejcek (The Junky Monkey)
Paint Expert, Country Chic Paint
Kelly brings her love of color and design to the Hilltop Florist team. For the past 3 years her passion has lied in refurbishing furniture and inspiring others to see the full potential in unloved and unwanted furniture. Hosting paint workshops and sharing her creative spirit with our newest design line, Country Chic Paint. She is a Mankato native now raising her 4 children in the beautiful countryside.
Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse Team