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,
In 1924 Clarence Wesdorp, a nurseryman born and educated in Boskoop, Holland (world center of ornamental horticulture), was hired as plant propagator and general superintendent of the nurseries. Under the direction of founder Vernon H. Krider, his son Kenneth Krider, and Clarence Wesdorp, Krider Nurseries became one of the most diversified nurseries in the country. On the nursery’s 420 acres, one-half million evergreens, shrubs, and trees, and over 100,000 hardy phlox were propagated annually. 165,000 rose bushes were contract-grown each year for Krider’s wholesale and retail sales.
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 41° 40.698′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middlebury IN 46540, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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. ¼ mile away); William Tuffs Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away); Bonneyville Cemetery (approx. 3½ miles away); Chief Shipshewana Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away); Graves et al v. Indiana (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middlebury.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 4, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 15, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 8. submitted on April 4, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.