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Nicollet County Farm Family

Fred and Joy Struck

The Struck family’s Traverse des Sioux Garden Center started in 1972 as Silent Oaks Nursery. It began in a converted hog house on the family farm. Eventually, a greenhouse was built on the farm and in 1981 the Strucks’ retail garden and landscaping company was named Traverse des Sioux Garden Center.

The business is a horticultural grower and retailer. The family produces most of their annuals, hanging baskets and vegetable plants for the garden center in modern glass greenhouses. The Strucks’ landscape division is rapidly expanding with over 20 employees.

Fred and Joy Struck are the founders of the operation. Fred received a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture science from the University of Minnesota in 1968. The Strucks have three sons. Karl is the head grower and landscape foreman. Keith is head of the retail operation. He takes care of merchandising, buys pottery, and tropical plants. The Strucks’ son Oren is not involved in the operation but readily lends encouragement. All three boys are third-generation members of the Norsland 4-H Club in Nicollet County. Fred’s many years with horticulture 4-H projects in his youth played a big role in his career choice.

Fred has served on the garden committee of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and has been on the board of Linnaeus Arboretum at Gustavus Adolphus College. The Strucks are members of the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce, the Norseland Preservation Society, and are active in their church, Norseland Lutheran Church in St. Peter.

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