Lawn & Garden Retailer's Merchandiser of the Year
Monarch Waystation Certification #10188
Distinctive Garden's named as a Revolutionary 100 Garden Center by the Today's Garden Center magazine.
Palo Alto, CA
Bud and Lisa are asked to serve on the inaugural Facebook Small and Medium Business Council.
They fly out to Facebook to meet other council members, share ideas and get an insiders look into FB future plans.
New York City, NY
Today Show Line
American Express OPEN flies Bud out to NYC to represent small business owners across the country
for Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday video
American Express OPEN sends a video team to shoot a video featuring Distinctive Gardens and Sauk Valley Shop Small for the upcoming Small Business Saturday event.
American Express OPEN, Provincetown Panel Discussion and Workshop -
How Social Media Can Help Small Business
Bud and Lisa are invited to sit on a discussion panel to talk about use social media to boost business.
Rock Falls, IL
YWCA of the Sauk Valley Pearl Woods Award
Lisa awarded the "Pearl Woods" award for achievement in industry
and private business for her work in the community bringing culture and small businesses together
through Second Saturdays Art Happenings and Sauk Valley Shop Small
New York City, NY
fMC Facebook marketing conference featured business
Three different stories show how real people are developing lasting relationships with brands on Facebook.
Bud and Lisa for Distinctive Gardens are one of three stories featured in video.
Palo Alto, CA
Facebook American Express Big Break for Small Business national contest winner
2003.11, Moline, IL
Best of Show, Most Artistic Tree, Designer's Choice, People's Choice awards
2002.11, Moline, IL
Designer's Choice award
QUAD CITY ARTS
FESTIVAL OF TREES
More than a premier holiday event,
Festival of Trees is the annual fundraiser
for Quad City Arts, a local not-for-profit arts agency.
This fundraiser makes it possible for Quad City Arts
to provide quality arts programming and support year round
for the residents of six counties in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
Over the past 26 years, Festival has evolved from
a weekend-long event in one room, into an 11-day event
utilizing the entire 70,000 square foot
RiverCenter complex in Downtown Davenport.
The event features 100 designer trees,
14 special events,
the largest helium balloon parade in the Midwest,
3,500 volunteers and more than 100,000 visitors each year.
Distinctive Gardens designed award winning trees receiving:
2003 Best of Show
2003 1st Place Most Artistic Tree
2003, 2002 Designer's Choice
2003 People's Choice
Bottom line, we couldn't do it without our crew.
They keep this place running on a daily basis.
Our team consists of
Cralles Borden III and
Jodi holds down the fort in the gift shop and is the greenhouse go-to gal.
She handles the majority of greenhouse work including transplanting,
various horticultural tasks and maintenance.
Find her designing at the holidays, making wreaths.
Quin's been working at DG since he was 8 years old.
Now an adult, he's the backbone of our landscape crew,
and we literally mean ''back'', as in our old backs can't take it any more.
He's a jack of all trades from greenhouse work
to landscaping, to mowing, to selling Christmas trees.
It's great to be able to work with family.
Cralles Borden, or "Cra Cra" a.k.a. "Jessup"
came on board in 2015. He hangs with the
landscape crew primarily unless we pull
him into the shop, stick a Yoda hat on him
or take advantage of his woodworking skills.
He's a hoot!
Jay Pauley, or "Jayman" or "Levi" as we like to call him
stepped up to help us with landscaping,
selling and anything else needing done
and we just won't let him go now.
An integral Digger, he keeps us thinking
and smiling and on task. It's a joy working with friends.
Colin Bond started with DG way before
family and military service entered the picture.
Now returned, he slid right into the
landscaping crew like he never missed a beat.
That Marine mentality has us busting up laughting and gettin'r dun.
LEFEVRE GARDENING ROOTS
SPANNING FOUR GENERATIONS
Bud's horticultural genes trace back to the early 1900’s
when his grandpa, Edwin William LeFevre
tended the private gardens of both
the Benson and Bittorf’s,
families that started National Mfg in 1902.
Edwin was also in the first crew at National.
He raised a family of four including sons, Charles and William.
Edwin’s influence on young Charles “Jink”, 21,
and William “Red”, 18, was evident
when they started their horticulture careers in 1929
at Sterling Floral Company.
At the time, Sterling Floral Company
was one of the largest and oldest
floral companies in the state of Illinois.
Sterling Floral Co. started in 1871
by Mr. Mangan and was purchased by
Robert Lundstrom in 1904.
In 1933 Robert Jr. took over
and ran it until he left
for the service in 1942,
later reopening in ’46
after the war ended.
In the 50’s he changed the name
to Lundstrom Florist and Greenhouse.
For thirteen years, Red and Jink honed their skills
at Sterling Floral Co/Lundstrom Florist.
In 1942 during the war, while Robert Jr
was away serving, Red and Jink,
left to venture out on their own
and start up Sterling Floral “Shop”
in downtown Sterling, Il.
It would be 30 years before another
LeFevre worked at Lundstrom Florist.
The two brothers also had a corner on the market
with fresh produce they sold to area restaurants.
Red and Jink successfully operated
their business for 17 years,
the year that
Jan “Bud” LeFevre
On the other side of Bud’s family,
his Great Uncle Vinny Oehl
was a founding member
of the Dixon Men’s Garden Club
and very active in the Dixon Farmer’s Market.
With all the interest in horticulture
it’s no wonder that one of Red’s two boys
picked up where he and Jink left off.
Red’s youngest, “Bud”, grew up learning
at the knee of his dad and uncle
about flowers and vegetable gardening.
In 1973, at 13, Bud started working
for Lundstrom’s Florist.
He was the second generation LeFevre
to work for Lundstrom’s.
Lisa's grandmother, his neighbor, Mary Higby,
and the person who gave him his nickname, “Bud”,
got him the job.
In 1980, Bud received a degree in Ornamental Horticulture
with emphasis in greenhouse and garden center management
from Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL
and then went to Swartley’s Greenhouse
in Sterling as a grower.
In 1985 he ventured out on his own
freelancing, and, like his grandfather,
also worked at National Mfg.
He did this for the next twenty-two years.
In 1992, the fourth generation
of LeFevre’s to work in horticulture,
Quin Allen LeFevre, was born.
Later in 1999, Distinctive Gardens opened in Dixon, IL.
Bud’s son, Quin, started working
with his dad at 8 years old.
To present, Quin, at age 22
is still working at Distinctive Gardens
after graduating from college.
For Bud, he feels very fortunate
to do a job that he loves
while working with his family
at the same time.