Poul’s Landscaping & Nursery, founded in 1966 by Poul Kjeldbjerg, is celebrating 50 years in business.
The design/build firm and tree nursery is owned and operated by the Kjeldbjerg family. Poul (now Paul), his sons Alan and Dan, and their spouses, have built a small business that has endured long past the average 25 year lifespan of the typical family-run business.
After arriving in the U.S., Paul learned the nursery business from fellow Danish immigrant and industry forerunner Otto Damgaard. Seven years later, Paul and his wife Margit started their own business in the basement of their Prospect Heights, IL, home with just one full-time employee, a pick-up truck, trailer, and a 1966 Ford tractor. Margit did much of the office work while raising their three children.
In 1983, Paul invested in 45 acres of land in Long Grove, complete with barn and farm house, which became the hub of the operation. A few years later, Paul’s oldest son, Dan, joined the company after graduating with a BS Degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. The first sapling trees were field-planted that same year and the wholesale nursery office opened its doors in 1992. In 1993, Paul’s youngest son, Alan, joined the company after earning a Horticulture Degree from Ohio State University and soon took over the nursery operations. Continuing to grow, the business acquired 112-acres of land in Wadsworth, Illinois in 1999 where it continues to operate wholesale nursery fields.