It began in 1920 – Velvary, Czechoslovakia. This is where Joseph Kraus Sr. operated a nursery and first shared his love of growing plants with his young son Vratislav (Victor). After leaving his homeland and apprenticing at a variety of nurseries in Germany, Switzerland and France, Victor landed in Canada. In 1951 he and his young wife Eva put down roots in Carlisle, Ontario and founded V. Kraus Nurseries Limited.
For the first three years, Victor cultivated their 5 1/2 acres lot with a horse and plow. They propagated rose bushes and fruit trees, and people came from miles around to view the rows of beautiful blooms along Centre Road. As each year passed, both the nursery and the family began to grow. By the end of 1961, Eva and Victor found themselves working 28 acres of land and raising five daughters. As they became old enough each of the girls began to help out on the farm, all the while gaining valuable experience for later years.
Victor’s passion for horticulture, combined with his own experience, was the perfect combination for plant production. Willing to experiment with new techniques, his methods of planting and pruning began to influence the industry.
Over the next couple of decades the size of the nursery increased to several hundred acres and many additional employees. Now into a seventh decade as a wholesale grower V. Kraus Nurseries Limited has earned its reputation as one of Canada’s best sources for plant material.
Victor passed away in 2005 leaving the next generation to carry on his legacy. With the help of a dedicated staff & an ever-growing number of loyal customers, the future remains bright for this pioneering nursery.