The Kolze Family were 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.
Bob Kolze / Owner
From a very young age, I’ve been growing and selling bedding plants for our family business. I attended Northern Illinois University and received a B.S. in Marketing. My philosophy is a no-nonsense approach. I am a hands-on grower/owner who regularly interacts with customers in our greenhouse. My passion is growing outstanding, colorful crops that give you that WOW experience! We listen to customers, like you, to develop new ideas and concepts in our greenhouse. Stop in to browse our extensive selection, it will brighten your day. Our greenhouse is a celebration of spring after the harsh Chicago winters. Let us show you the easy way to beautify your yard, patio or deck.
Try our Hummingbird Plants on your deck this year, then get ready to be entertained by these amazing birds.
Brian graduated with a B.S. in Landscape Horticulture from Southern Illinois University. Brian’s background is interior-scape, tropical plants and woody ornamentals. Brian is an involved member of the Woodstock Community. He joined Kolze’s in the fall of 1998 as a grower. He is the manager that’s responsible for the operation of our main greenhouse, specializing in Dwarf Ornamental Shrubs, mums and poinsettias.
Tyler graduated Woodstock High School in 2013. Tyler is currently in his 6th season at Kolze’s and is an Assistant Manager. His specialties are quality control, our seeders and greenhouse crop production. During November and December, Tyler is an expert Fraser Fir wreath and roping maker.
Kyle Dehn Franklin
Kyle is currently attending the University of Illinois. Kyle graduated from Woodstock HS in 2018. He is in his 4th year at Kolze’s. You might not recognize him with glasses! AKA “Harry Potter”.