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Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Wallner Gardens

Wallner Gardens Marker <i>(Side one)</i> image. Click for full size.
December 1, 2021
1. Wallner Gardens Marker (Side one)
Inscription.  This site was once part of Wallner Gardens, a family farming business founded by F. X. Wallner in 1912 when he moved his operation from Yankton to Sioux Falls. Wallner, a German-born immigrant, was a leading expert in plant science and served as a president of the South Dakota Horticultural Society.

Beginning as a humble roadside stand and nursery, the family operation grew into a thriving retail and wholesale business. Vegetables and other produce were grown on fertile land between Minnesota and Phillips Avenues and 33rd and 41st Streets.

The family business continued to flourish when two of F. X. Wallner's sons, Robert and Paul, managed the business with the help and support of their wives and children. The operation was expanded to more than 500 acres, which included land that is now Yankton Trail Park and Empire East Mall. Many young people landed their first summer jobs at Wallner Gardens.

The 67-year-old family business close in 1979, leaving this site and a proud legacy to the city and residents of Sioux Falls.
Erected 2007 by the Minnehaha County Historical
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Society and Wallner Children in memory of the F. X. Wallner Family.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 43° 30.339′ N, 96° 44.455′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on Park Access Road, half a mile west of South Minnesota Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Located in Yankton Trail Park, north of the central parking lot, at an intersection of park roads. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3901 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls SD 57108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Mr. Soccer" Manfred Szameit (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); South Dakota Achieve (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Great Bend (approx. 0.6 miles away); Yankton Trail Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ronald Reagan (approx. 0.8 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.8 miles away); Soo Skyways Airport (approx. 0.9 miles away); James Brothers (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Wallner Gardens Marker <i>(Side two)</i> image. Click for full size.
December 1, 2021
2. Wallner Gardens Marker (Side two)
Wallner Gardens Marker, from the south image. Click for full size.
December 1, 2021
3. Wallner Gardens Marker, from the south
Wallner Gardens Marker, from the north image. Click for full size.
December 1, 2021
4. Wallner Gardens Marker, from the north
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2021. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 2, 2021. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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