History of Kircher’s Flowers
Mr. & Mrs. Winfield S. Kircher started in the flower business in 1908 at Rochester, Indiana. In 1919 Mr. & Mrs. Kircher came to Defiance. The Kircher's operated a retail store on Clinton Street until completion on the present conservatory and retail shop in 1932. Mr. & Mrs. Richard Kress, daughter and son-in-law of the Kircher’s, took over the business. Mr. & Mrs. Kress operated Kircher’s Flowers until July 1, 1968, when Bob & Carol Belau became the owners of Kircher’s Flowers Inc.
Bob & Carol started in the greenhouse business in 1958 in Oakwood, Ohio. They opened a retail shop in Continental in 1964 that was named Bob & Carol’s. In 1968 they purchased Kircher’s Flower’s from Mr. & Mrs. Kress and began operating from both Continental and Defiance. Bob & Carol Belau purchased their Paulding location in 1974 and began to phase out of their Oakwood location. In 1990, Keith & Julie Belau, son and daughter-in-law of Bob & Carol, took over the business and the proud heritage. They are maintaining the Kircher policy of giving their customers the best quality plants and merchandise available.
About the Greenhouses
Kircher’s Flowers has over 10 greenhouses and 40,000 square feet located at their Defiance location. The greenhouse space is used for the annual, perennial, and garden center as well as providing the areas freshest supply of cut flowers and at certain times of the year vegetables.
Meet the Growers
Kircher’s Flowers has a staff of three growers that have a combined total of over 75 years in growing experience. Brian, Anita, and Keith spend countless hours making sure that we grow the best quality plants and flowers and provide our customers with the best customer service in the area. If you have a question stop in or call and one of our growers would gladly assist you in finding the answer.
Fresh Cut Flower Production
Kircher’s Flowers grows over half of all the flowers and plants sold at our two locations. Each year Kircher’s Flowers grows approximately 26,000 gerbera daisies, 1,000 asters, 15,000 snapdragons, and 3,000 sunflowers. Other fresh cut flowers that Kircher’s grows are liatris, freesia, delphinium, celosia, tulips, daffodils, calla lilies, dianthus, trachillium, eucalyptus, iris, statice, and stock.