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.

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

ASLA Award
IL-ASLA Professional Award for Chicago Flower & Garden Show Exhibit – American Society of Landscape Architects Illinois Chapter

ILCA Award
Excellence in Landscape Award for Kildeer Residence – Illinois Landscape Contractors Association

North America Hardscape Award
Hardscape North America Project Award for Residential Construction – Interlocking Pavement Institute, Brick Industry Association, National Concrete Masonry Association

Company History

poulPoul’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.

Our Team