Celebrating 50 Years
Poul’s is celebrating 50 years of business thanks to our loyal customers and dedicated employees.
Poul’s Team has History!
Most of our employees have been with us over 5 years and many for ten years or more.
Poul’s is giving back by partnering with Habitat for Humanity – Lake County and establishing a scholarship fund to benefit the families of Poul’s employees.
- Poul’s will install the landscaping for three local home building projects. Click here to find out more or to donate.
- Poul’s served as a collection point for the HFH Landscaping Tool Drive.
Many thanks to our generous vendors for their donation of materials, plants and tools for the three HFH homes.
View our press release announcing 50 years in business.
Angie’s List Super Service Award for 6 Consecutive Years
2016 & 2015 Best Pick Reports Certified
Best of Houzz award winner
IL-ASLA Professional Award for Chicago Flower & Garden Show Exhibit – American Society of Landscape Architects Illinois Chapter
Excellence in Landscape Award for Kildeer Residence – Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
Hardscape North America Project Award for Residential Construction – Interlocking Pavement Institute, Brick Industry Association, National Concrete Masonry Association
Poul’s Landscaping & Nursery, Inc. was founded in 1966 by Paul (Poul) Kjeldbjerg, after he emigrated from Denmark in 1959. The company’s humble beginning included just one full-time employee, a pick-up truck, trailer, and a Ford tractor which is still in use today by Paul when he comes out to plow the Long Grove nursery fields. Paul named the company after the original Danish spelling of his first name, which was later changed when he became a U.S. citizen.
Before starting out on his own, Paul enhanced his skills by working for the one of the area’s original landscape contractors, Otto Damgaard. The business was run from the basement of Paul and Margit’s Prospect Heights, IL home with Margit doing much of the office work while raising their three children, Dan, Annette and Alan. In 1983 Paul invested in 45 acres of land in Long Grove, complete with barn and farm house, with the intention of one day having a nursery and office at that location.
In 1986, Paul’s oldest son, Dan, joined the company after graduating with a BS Degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. The first trees were planted that same year and the landscape services office opened its doors at the “farm” in 1992. In 1993, Paul’s youngest son, Alan, joined the company after earning a Horticulture Degree from The Ohio State University, and soon took over the nursery operations. Continuing to grow, Poul’s acquired 112-acres of land in Wadsworth, Illinois in 1999 where it continues to operate wholesale nursery fields.
As a co-owner, Dan wears the hat of both manager and owner concurrently, attending to long-range planning as well as day-to-day management. He is an alumnus of Northern Illinois University where he earned a degree in Marketing. He has been with Poul’s full-time for almost 30 years.
Alan is co-owner of the family business, managing the nursery division and field operations at both the Long Grove and Wadsworth locations. He joined the company in 1994 after earning a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture/Horticulture from the Ohio State University. In addition, he also oversees fleet maintenance, equipment purchases and inventory.
Wendy received her B.A. in Psychology from Northern Illinois University (1981) and her Masters Degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University (1985). Wendy joined the Poul’s team in 1991, when she and Dan were expecting their first child. Wendy is responsible for office management, marketing and human resources.
As a residential landscape design specialist, Andrew has nearly 20 years experience initiating and leading the design process, with more than 15 years working at Poul’s. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and an emphasis in Design/Architecture.
Rick is a Chicago native from the Northwest side. He attended both Triton College and College of Lake County where he earned his degree in Landscape Design and Horticulture. Rick has been a part of the design team at Poul’s Landscaping since 1999.
Jonathan is a graduate of South Dakota State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture Science with an emphasis on Turfgrass Management and a minor in Agronomic Business. Jon joined the Poul’s team in 2013 after many years with Mariani Landscape.