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Location: Bristol & Railroad Streets, Middlebury. (Elkhart County, Indiana)
Installed: 2001 Indiana Historical Bureau, Middlebury Park Board, Town of Middlebury, Michiana Master Gardeners, and Elkhart County
ID# : 20.2001.1
Krider Nurseries constructed and exhibited Krider's Diversified Garden at Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago 1933-1934. Some plants and structures were returned to Middlebury, and garden was reconstructed here 1935. After falling into decay, garden was restored by community 1995.
Founded 1896 by Vernon Krider (1876-1955), Krider Nurseries produced its first catalog 1906. Primarily regional wholesale business; also served mail-order market. Bought patent to produce and sell first thornless rose. For many years, Krider's was one of Middlebury's largest industries. Ceased operation 1990.
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