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Our History

A family-owned business for three generations, Pesche’s has been part of the Chicagoland community since 1923, when Fred Pesche moved with his wife and 11 children to Des Plaines. Fred purchased and developed a 5–acre site, which is still in use today. Originally, he specialized in carnations, growing cut flowers for florists and wholesale markets in downtown Chicago. In 1941, Fred expanded the business by adding a retail conservatory next to the carnation houses.

During World War II, Pesche’s Flowers became an employer for prisoners held at Camp Pine, a German POW camp just outside of Des Plaines. German prisoners have returned to Pesche's since the war, recalling their employment picking and delivering carnations.

Following the war, Des Plaines began to change from a farming center to one of the leading industrial, commercial, and residential centers in the northwest suburbs. An enterprising and practical man, Fred expanded the greenhouses in 1948 to include a supermarket, which remained an active part of the business for 30 years.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Frank Pesche took over the family business in 1955. Continued growth has led to the purchase of an adjacent acre and the opening of a nursery division. Today, Chris Pesche, Frank's son, runs the business, and both Frank and Chris can be found on the grounds almost everyday.

A visit to Pesche’s will show you what three generations of experience and can provide: attentive service, expert advice, and uncompromising quality.

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