The History of Our Property & Business

Our Story

  We are a small, family owned business, grown from our love for gardening and being in service to the community.

  Our Hillside location has expanded rapidly to meet our customer's needs. We offer a large selection of outdoor flowers, decor and gifting items combined with personal service from a very knowledgeable staff.

  We cannot thank you, our customers, enough, for visiting Luurs Garden Center over the years!  May your own garden become a cherished part of your life just as ours has!

    Jim, Carol & Patrick Luurs

Original Cabin House, est. 1830
1830-1840:
Homesteaded by George H. Darmstadt & wife, Agnes Lindberger (German Immigrants)
George & his brother farmed what was originally 70 acres on adjacent parcels of this property.
Farmhouse & Carriage, est. 1840's
As their family grew to 5 children, they moved into this new & much larger farmhouse.
Winter Farm Photo, 1850's
Items the Darmstadt Family had on this property over the years included: 2 good workhorses, 3 cows, fresh & coming in, 2 cider presses,a double seated carriage, a bob sleigh & a McCormick mower.
Farm Property Photo, 1960's
The original farm cabin (brown building in right side of this photo) remained on the property into the 1960's.
Residential Property, 1970's
The Fendt- Anderson Family purchased the property post 1920's.
Original Luurs Flower Shoppe, Taft Ave
In 1980, The Luurs Family purchased a small grocery store in Berkeley, Il on Taft Ave. Next to this property, in Spring 1983, the original Luurs Garden & FLower Shoppe opened as a seasonal business.
New Location, Luurs Garden Center, 1989
Thanks to our customers and community support, a little more than 6yrs later, the current hilltop property was purchased to relocate the business on the corner of Butterfield & Taft Ave!
Luurs Garden Center 1990
Luurs Garden & Flower Shoppe opened for business offering a full range of annuals, perennials, nursery stock, outdoor garden needs & decor and full range of gift items in a Gift Shoppe built where the original cabin house once stood!
Luurs Garden Center, 1990
Est. 1980
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New Location, Luurs Garden Center, 1989

Thanks to our customers and community support, a little more than 6yrs later, the current hilltop property was purchased to relocate the business on the corner of Butterfield & Taft Ave!