Spring Planning, Nursery Style
Spring planning for Country Side Nursery owner Steve Krause begins in late summer/early fall.
Country Side Nursery, a business run by Steve Krause and his wife Penny, has been open for the past 34 years.
Nursery stock, mainly trees and shrubs, are ordered in August and September. The Krauses attend a show in September and order any new product for the following year. Hard goods for the gift shop and display areas are ordered in September as well. Annuals, plants that complete their life cycle in one year, are ordered in October and November. While the yearly purchase amounts remain consistent, the varieties purchased each year often change.
Content for the nursery and garden center is selected through attending shows, research and obliging customer requests.
The biggest problem they run into with customer requests is a demand for plant life that may not fit the area’s climate. There are even plants that might work in Sioux Falls, but would be marginal in southwest Minnesota, Krause said.
Although the orders are placed in the fall they do not arrive until the month of April. Annuals arrive the first week in April followed by the trees, shrubs and perennials sometime during the second or third week.
Krause may be well versed in the nursery and landscaping business, but he didn’t start out that way. He was a teacher for nine years before opening the business. He wanted a job where he could be outside and do something physical and decided to look into creating a nursery.
“I like plants so we just kind of bought an acreage and jumped into it,” Krause said.
In 1981 Krause took correspondence classes through the University of Minnesota School for Design to help prepare him for the landscaping aspect of his business. He uses design when sketching up potential plans and ideas for people’s landscaping needs.
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