Best Landscaping/Nursery: Culver’s Lawn & Landscape


A unique process of growing annuals and many perennials, plus a pair of owners who are deeply invested in their community are key ingredients in the continued success of Marion-based Culver’s Lawn & Landscape, which makes its third appearance on the CBJ’s Best of list under Best Landscaping/Nursery.

The company took root in 1982 when 12-year-old Todd Culver started a lawn-mowing business in Dallas, Texas, and continued in 1984 when he moved back to Cedar Rapids. That’s where he met his wife, Tami, and in 1997, the couple bought the land to establish their landscape business. A retail garden center came 17 years later as Culver’s diversified to ensure the quality of their plants, said General Manager and Business Development Chief Jennifer Shull.

With five children who have grown up and worked at the business, and many employees who have been with the company from the day they broke ground, the Culvers have grown the business into one of the most recognized landscaping companies in Iowa. Fourteen greenhouses, a full-service garden center, a gift shop and a landscape nursery, allow Culver’s to provide an array of services and unique products that customers want.

– Emery Styron

1ST RUNNER UP (TIE): Hughes Nursery & Landscaping, Iowa City Landscaping