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Donahue’s Greenhouse Family

Donahue’s Greenhouse was purchased in 1972 as a chrysanthemum business. The mum fields contained many greenhouses and in the 1980s the Donahues started to specialize in clematis. The family business now ships over 800,000 clematis plants to other greenhouses and garden centers. The family propagates and grows their own small plants. 

The Donahues have expanded their retail garden center over the years as well;  they now grow over four acres of a wide variety of plants they ship from their Faribault location each spring. The Donahues currently maintain five acres of greenhouse space between the family’s Faribault location, and one in Morristown.

Many family members own and operate the business. Lois Donahue Cleary is retired but still retains part ownership. Mark, Jim, Tim and Mick are all co-owners and are responsible for greenhouse operations. Co-owner Mary Donahue is in charge of accounts payable; Kathy Donahue Nass is co-owner and office manager. Julie Donahue Zweber is a co-owner and retail manager. Dan and Phil Zweber handle growing operations and Victoria Nass works as an administrative assistant for the business. 

All members of the family are involved in many local activities including Relay For Life, Ruth’s House of Hope, Divine Mercy Catholic School, Bethlehem Academy and the Faribault American Legion. Julie and Phil were named Southern Minnesota Big Couple of the Year in 2019 by the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

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