Kolze's Corner Gardens
12717 IL Route 176, Woodstock, IL 60098
815.338.1475 | email@example.com
7 days a week | 9am - 5pm
For 2018, Kolze's has added new ideas and products to make growing plants easier!
The Kolze Family was truck farmers from the Chicago O'Hare Field area circa late 1850. Vegetable farming production gave way to bedding plant production in 1969 in Palatine, IL. Moving to Woodstock in 1997, the same family work ethic exists today; providing Chicagoland garden centers, landscapers and consumers with the finest quality annuals and perennials and the best customer service available.
"From a very young age, I've been growing and selling bedding plants for our family business. I was formally educated at Northern Illinois University and received my degree in Marketing in 1983. My philosophy is a no nonsense approach. I am a hands on owner who regularly interacts with customers in our greenhouse. My passion is growing outstanding, colorful crops that give you that WOW factor! Customers, like you, continue to shape new ideas and concepts in our store. It is my pleasure to share techniques and plant material that drastically "shorten the learning curve" for people who love to beautify their yards, patios and gardens." I'm usually available for individuals or groups who are new to growing and need some direction to begin.
Brian graduated with a B.S. in Landscape Horticulture from Southern Illinois University. He has worked in a variety of positions before calling Kolze's home. He started out as a technician in the Interiorscape industry.His next position was manager of plants in the floral industry, including starting up an interiorscape business and a wholesale tropical plant business. He then created his own dish garden and tropical plant business. Brian is a very involved member of the Woodstock Community and he joined Kolze's in the fall of 1998 as a grower. He is responsible for the operation of our main greenhouse, specializing in the Mum and Poinsettia production. Brian is also in charge of coordinating the "Plant a row for the hungry" program at Kolze's.
Chris Dehn Franklin
After graduating Woodstock High School in 2012, Chris attended Iowa State University pursuing a degree in Architectural Design. After finishing at Iowa State, he decided stay on at Kolze's as one of the Assistant Managers. Chris is responsible for keeping Kolze's technology running smoothly, Website Design and Development, as well as providing customer service. An avid baseball fan, he has played, and coached baseball in Woodstock since he was 5 years old, still coaching to this day. Chris is in his fifth season with Kolze's.
Tyler graduated Woodstock High School in 2013. Tyler is currently in his fourth season at Kolze's and is an Assistant Manager. His specialties are running our seeders and production planting lines in the spring and making wreaths and roping during the Christmas season as well as providing customer service. If you are ever looking for Tyler you can probably find him at the bowling alley, or watching any sporting event he can find.
Andy is studying Marketing at Carthage College in Wisconsin. He is a Woodstock High School graduate, Class of 2013. Andy will join us for a third season this summer after finishing a marketing degree at Carthage. He is responsible for customer service, running the registers, and marketing ideas. Andy's specialties are always bringing a positive attitude and providing a quick joke to make you smile.
Noah Dehn Franklin
Noah is another Woodstock High School graduate from 2016. Noah is pursuing a degree in Health and Wellness and nutrition at Lindenwood University in Missouri. He hopes to potentially make the baseball team at Lindenwood while he attends college. When he comes home over the summer to work, he is responsible for customer service and helping with production throughout the season. His specialties are his quick learning of the different jobs around the greenhouse and his friendly attitude when helping customers.
Langdon also graduated from Woodstock High School in 2016. He is currently attending University of Wisconsin Lacross playing offensive line on their football team. Langdon is one of our primary delivery drivers for Mulch orders, as well as deliveries to other garden centers in the Chicagoland area. Langdons specialties are his hard work attitude and his willingness to take on any task. When he comes home over the summer to work, his responsibilities are driving deliveries and helping with production throughout the season.
Kyle Dehn Franklin
Kyle is currently a Junior at Woodstock High School and working with us after school and on the weekends. Just as much a baseball fanatic as his older brothers, Kyle plays for the Woodstock Baseball Team as well as club ball in the summer and fall as a right handed pitcher and utility player. He hopes to play baseball in college when he finishes high school. Kyle is in his second season here at Kolze's.