Wedel’s Nursery, Florist, and Garden Center has been a staple of the lawn and gardening community for 75 years in Southwest Michigan.
“What we like to say is we created a destination store,” said Andy Wedel, general manager, and a third-generation Wedel.
In 1946, the family legacy was born in Kalamazoo when Harley Wedel opened the first Wedel’s location as a fruit and produce store. Today, 75 years later, Wedel’s employs the second, third, and fourth generations of the family.
Filled with plants — mostly grown on the family farm by Harley Wedel and his sons Dick, George, and Roger — the first store soon tripled in size, prompting a move three miles south down Westnedge Avenue into a larger location in Portage in 1969. For the last 20 years, the business has been located there, at Milham and 12th streets, in Texas Township. “We are plantaholics here,” Andy Wedel said. “We will say we have if not the largest variety, one of the largest varieties in Southwest Michigan or Michigan from seeds, house plants, annuals, trees, shrubs, and evergreens perennials all in one.”
The majority of the nursery stock is grown on the family’s 80-acre farm in Galesburg, while the perennials – those that don’t come from other local growers – are mostly grown on the other family farm in Scots. “We like to have quite a diverse market because if there’s beauty, it’s hearty and it’s something that benefits Wedel’s, chances are that plant is at our store,” Wedel said.
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