APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) — The owners of the Appleton Nursery and Landscape Business have announced their retirement.
The business was founded by Oscar and Beatrice Sturm in 1955.
In 1986, it was sold and incorporated by Joe and Pam Sturm and Karen and Todd Shackleton, Joe’s sister and her husband.
“It is bittersweet”, says co-owner Joe Sturm, “we love it and we don’t like it so much that we won’t be here but it’s time. We need to sell the property and move on.”
Besides many years of beautifying the Fox Valley, the group also founded The Marigold Mile along South Oneida Street in Appleton.
According to Joe, that will continue on. “It will operate as it’s own entity”, says Sturm, “a corporation of it’s own and non-profit so that will remain the same. Riverview Gardens is going to grow the flowers for us, help with the volunteering and preparing the trenches in spring.”
The family says they plan to sell the property and send out a “sincere thank you” to all the customer support over the years.
The Fox Valley Nursery on South Oneida Street will be open to the public until Friday, Nov. 22.