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Kirk Olson Discusses Winter Conditions on KIMT3

Winter of 2023-2024 was one one of the lighter winters in Rochester, MN. 

KIMT3 in Rochester, MN, caught up with Weller Brothers Minnesota Branch Manager Kirk Olson to talk about our strategy for combatting the lack of snow and how we can continue to service customers. 

Harrisburg School District Launches Registered Youth Apprenticeship Program and Greenhouse Facility

greenhouse ribbon cutting at Harrisburg High School

Harrisburg School District Launches Registered Youth Apprenticeship Program and Greenhouse Facility

In Fall 2022, the team at Harrisburg School District approached the Weller Brothers team about helping them build an on-campus greenhouse for their horticulture students. 

Of course, we didn’t hesitate to jump all in on this project.

Not only do we applaud efforts to introduce students to all kinds of career paths, but we’re especially passionate advocates of workforce development in the landscaping industry. 

Harrisburg Receives Two Grants

Harrisburg School District (HSD) applied for two different grants related to the green industry:

  1. One that provides funding to build a student greenhouse
  2. A second grant program, the Registered Youth Apprenticeship Program through StartTodaySD, that offers a hands-on landscape apprenticeship program for students
Long story short – the district received both grants! We are honored to be an industry supporter of their efforts, alongside Southeast Technical College, the Harrisburg Economic Development Corporation, and others.

A Day of Green Industry Celebration

Harrisburg High School FFA members

On Friday, September 15, HSD and Weller Brothers hosted a full day of hands-on horticulture workshops and activities for horticulture and FFA students from Harrisburg and other local schools, as well as a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony open to the public.

Highlights from the day included:

  • Garden Room workshop with Lisa Nunamaker from Paper Garden Workshop
  • Interactive, educational stations with the Weller Brothers horticulture team
  • Plant-based, horticulture-inspired henna from Henna Harvest
  • Cyanotype art activity
  • Lunch from local food trucks (Curbside Delights and Sala’s Salsas)
  • Live music from CommonGround
  • Coffee and snacks from Harrisburg High School’s ProStart Culinary students

Excited for What's Ahead

We are so excited for the opportunities that Harrisburg students will have to learn more about the landscape and horticulture industry through the greenhouse and the Registered Youth Apprenticeship Program. 

We look forward to having students join our team as landscape apprentices in the future, allowing them to jumpstart their career paths!

Thank you to the hardworking team of educators at Harrisburg School District who go above and beyond to make these opportunities available to their students. 

CommonGround musicians
crowd watches at the Harrisburg greenhouse ribbon cutting
Cole Weller speaks at the Harrisburg greenhouse ribbon cutting
Harrisburg High School FFA members and students
students learning
Harrisburg ProStart team
Brandon Valley students
Lisa Nunamaker from Paper Garden Workshop
students at workshop
Sioux Falls Christian ag students

Weller Brothers Receives a National Award of Excellence

Award-Winning Pool and Patio in Rochester, MN

Weller Brothers Receives a National Award of Excellence

We are proud to announce we have been awarded an Award of Excellence – Bronze by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

A Hillside Transformation

The awarded project in Rochester, MN, was designed by Matt Stadel.

For many years, this expansive backyard sported a large, outdated deck and unimpressive landscaping. The homeowners were ready for change, which included a pool and much more.

Given the slope of the yard and the area dedicated to the pool, the Weller Brothers team had a relatively small area to work within. Yet, the team cleverly fit all of the elements into this project that the homeowners were hoping for — a sunken hot tub, outdoor kitchen and pergola, fire pit, and lounging areas. 

See before and after photos, as well as a video tour of the project here.

“We met with Weller Brothers, and then three weeks later they came back with a plan. We were blown away. Every one of our items we wished for were on there; the design was incredible. After that initial discussion, we knew that this was the team we wanted to work with.”
loungers near a pool on a paver patio

About the NALP Excellence Awards

Each year, the National Association Landscape Professionals Awards of Excellence recognizes exceptional commercial and residential lawn care and landscape installation, maintenance, and design projects from around the nation.

This year, 194 awards were bestowed to companies for their outstanding work.

couple laughing by a fire pit

Take a Tour of the Winning Project in Rochester, MN

While you may not be able to jump into the pool or cook a meal on the Evo flat-top stove yourself, you can certainly take a virtual tour of this award-winning backyard in Rochester!

Then, once you’re feeling inspired, reach out to us to begin creating your outdoor living space in Rochester, Sioux Falls, or Des Moines. Who knows – maybe it will win our next award!

Luke Wixo On Growing in the Green Podcast

Luke Wixo, Weller Brothers

Luke Wixo On Growing in the Green Podcast

The Growing in the Green Industry Podcast invited Weller Brothers Business Development Manager, Luke Wixo, to chat about his career development story.

The podcast hosts are Jenn Myers, senior director of workforce development with the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and Kim McCrossen, education manager with NALP.

Luke’s love for the outdoors and lawn maintenance inspired him to pursue and obtain his associate degree in sports turf management and landscape design from Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He brings vast knowledge to the maintenance department from his experience in the golf course industry.

In this podcast, Luke touches on education and why it’s important to invest in your team. He discusses customer service, company culture, and attracting young people to our industry.

Listen to the episode below!