Middlebury in Elkhart County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Founded as a two acre farm in 1896 by Vernon H. Krider, the nursery grew by 1926 into a 420 acre operation headquartered across the street from these gardens. For decades, Krider Nurseries was the largest industry in Middlebury, employing over 100 people. The offices, packing house, greenhouses, and salesroom (all built in 1923) are shown in the picture above at left, along with the original entryway to the gardens where you are now standing. The picture above to the right shows the World’s Fair garden in the foreground, and some of the nursery’s growing fields.
In 1924 Clarence Wesdorp, a nurseryman born and educated in Boskoop, Holland (world center of ornamental horticulture), was hired as
Among the items offered in the Krider Nurseries’ “Glories of the Garden” catalog was “Festival”, Krider’s own patented thornless rose, which was the first of its kind in the nation and sold exclusively by Krider Nurseries.
This picture display was given in memory of Clarence Wesdorp by his wife Catherine, and children Cecilia Zubler, Karen Wesdorp, and Henri Wesdorp.
Erected 1995 by Clarence Wesdorp Family.
Location. 41° 40.698′ N, 85° 42.543′ W. Marker is in Middlebury, Indiana, in Elkhart County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Bristol Avenue and Krider Garden Lane, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at the south end of the Krider World's Fair Gardens. Marker is in this post office area: Middlebury IN 46540, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Vernon H. Krider (here, next to this marker); Krider Nurseries World's Fair Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Dan West (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Middlebury World War II Roll of Honor (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Tuffs Memorial (approx. 3.5 miles away); Bonneyville Cemetery (approx. 3.5 miles away); Chief Shipshewana Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away); Graves et al v. Indiana (approx. 6.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Middlebury.
Also see . . . Back to Their Roots at Krider Garden. Article from the August 29, 2009 edition of the Elkhart Truth. (Submitted on April 4, 2014.)
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