About Danville Gardens
Danville Gardens was started around 1910 by Billy Welchel. He grew tomatoes and other vegetables in a large glass greenhouse (33,000 sq. ft.) until the stock market crash. He then lost the business to the bank and it sat empty from 1936-1939. It was purchased by Walter and Mildred Ahrens and they continued to grow vegetables and started moving into flowers in the 1960s. The Ahrens built a few more greenhouses to bring the total growing area to approximately 90,000 sq. ft. The Ahrens were in their eighties when they sold Danville Gardens, to Nathan & Lisa Campbell, the current owners, in 1993.
A PASSION FOR PLANTS
In 1993, Nathan and Lisa Campbell purchased Danville Gardens. While Nathan is an expert horticulturalist, Lisa studied biology and pre-med. She has learned a lot over the years. They initially started cleaning up from the beginning. There was a lot a trash (plastic pots, trays, glass, etc.) and they dumped 16 large dumpsters of trash the first year. They also started remodeling the greenhouses. The only original house was built around 1925 and they retro fitted it with automatic vents and polycarbonate covering. Danville Gardens now has about 100,000 sq. ft. under cover and fully connected for easy shopping in bad weather.
DANVILLE GARDENS GROWS 90% OF WHAT WE SELL
At one time, Danville Gardens was known for its farm fresh produce especially their tomatoes grown in their own greenhouses and shipped to Chicago. When the Campbell’s bought the business the main staple was flowers-especially giant geraniums. We send out a monthly post card in the spring and fall with all of the details of opening hours, events, and new products. Please email us your mailing address at or sign up when you are in the store.
NATHAN AND LISA ARE DEDICATED TO HELPING MAKE YOU A SUCCESSFUL GARDENER
Throughout the years, the Campbell’s have become well-known in the horticulture community. They have attended seminars, continued their education and were speakers at many conferences and luncheons across the United States. They are driven to get people excited about gardening. Their knowledge is passed along first-hand to the committed retail staff who also shares their passion for plants.
Throughout our season we host many seminars and we teach gardening basics, new techniques and share any new knowledge we have learned.
NATHAN & LISA ARE ONLY THE THIRD OWNERS OF DANVILLE GARDENS
Over the years, the owners have changed, but the name DANVILLE GARDENS has stayed the same.
In 2002, Nathan and Lisa Campbell, were on the cover of the GrowerTalks magazine as Up and Comers for 2002. GrowerTalks is a horticulture trade magazine who in 2002 reached more than 9,000 greenhouses in the United States abroad. It was one of the industry’s most well respected magazines. Being chosen as an Up and Comer was quite an honor. The Campbell’s were chosen from a group of more than 30 nominees because of their innovative grown, excellent quality of plants and their dedication to their staff and customers.
VISIT OUR RED TEAM
When shopping at Danville Gardens you will notice our Danville Gardens staff is wearing red. We feel it is best for our customers to see our Red shirts in a greenhouse covered with lots of green. Please do not hesitate to ask one of our employees to help you with your gardening needs; they too share the passion of gardening.
TOUR OUR GREENHOUSE
House 1 is used as a growing house. We do allow customers to shop from here but it has a few obstacles such as narrow aisles and rolling tables.
House 2 is approximately 25,000 sq. ft. and is another growing house although it gets more customers because of its proximity to the retail. Plant material is grown on the floor in this house.
House 3 is our retail house and this is where most customers enter and check out. There is a large variety of everything we grow in this house-annuals and hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs, tropicals and fairy garden plants. We bring items from the growing house up to our retail for easy shopping. We also have hardgood items such as pottery, wind chimes, fertilizer, soil, and gift items. You will also find the “tool shed" with garden tools or new retail items for purchase.
House 4 is our perennial, tree & shrub house. Here you will find the beautiful hydrangeas along with an endless supply of hostas.
The outdoor area also known as “mum patch” is north of house 1 and is approximately 2 acres. All plant material is grown on the ground and is watered with our watering system.
DG TOO in Champaign is on a small corner lot. There is parking for about 10 cars plus a few more on the side street. We deliver daily so there is always fresh product from Danville.
It is open mid-April -June and Sept-October.
Danville Gardens North- This is our third location and is in the parking lot of Tractor Supply. We also deliver product from our Danville Greenhouse up to this location daily. It is open from
mid-April -June and Sept-October.