Founder, Frank Klotz, born in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1881, lost his hearing when he was eight years old. Two years later he was enrolled in the School for the Deaf in Columbus. That is where he learned sign language, studied greenhouse operation, and met his future wife, Anna Mae Householder, who also became deaf at a young age. It was this education that gave him the knowledge and experience to eventually return to his hometown and start his own gardening business. Frank Klotz started his business of selling tomatoes and other vegetables from the open sides of his truck.
In 1918, after working for other greenhouses in Canada, Ohio and Arkansas, Klotz decided to go into business for himself. He bought 20 acres of the family's property on Napoleon Road. Frank began by placing homemade wooden flats filled with vegetable plants on a bed of horse manure in a single hotbed. Business expanded within a short time and soon flowers were added to the Klotz Business. By that time, he had a dozen hotbeds and cold frames and a greenhouse with 650 flats to grow 65,000 plants.
Though Frank saw many changes in the business during his almost 20 years of labor intensive work, his son, Merle and his wife Wilhelmine, saw many more changes to the buildings and in the technology of growing plants during their years of running the family business. Since 1973, Klotz's has quadrupled in size with expansions made to the floral and gift shops and construction of new greenhouses.
Now, 98 years later, the business has blossomed into complete floral shop, gift shop, garden center. Currently running the business is Gene Klotz, grandson of the founder. Other family members currently involved in the business are Gene's wife, Rita, and their son Eric.
Klotz's philosophy is to provide our customers with top quality service and products. Our mission is to enrich the lives of the people and community around us with the natural beauty of flowers and the joys of gardening. We are committed to knowledgeable, courteous service, the best quality flowers and plants, and a friendly, welcoming shopping experience. We are always changing to keep up with new trends and changes in the industry. Though we are proud to be celebrating 98 years in business we don't want to look like we're 98 years old.