Working from home was something Fred and Henny started long before it became fashionable. “The office was in our house,” says Gerry, one of the couple’s five children.
“I remember Dad coming home, taking his work shoes off, reading the paper a little bit,” he says. “Then, after dinner, we’d do homework, and he’d go up the steps to work in his office.”
“During the day, I would take orders and send out bills,” says Henny.
Fred passed away in 2008, but his innate business sense enabled the tree business and the full-service nursery, now known as Ground Roots, to flourish. His dedication to the industry prompted him to help develop the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association, as well as the National Christmas Tree Association.