About Us

Coatsburg, IL

Forest Oak Nursery

In 1853, Joseph Frese and his family emigrated here from Germany. They settled Northeast of Quincy in the Coatsburg area. During the 1870’s, Louis Frese founded “Forest Oak Nursery” which was an orchard on the West end of Coatsburg. There they grew apple, pear and other fruit trees. Each Sunday, they had to travel to Quincy because that was the nearest Catholic Church.

In 1904, the nursery was moved to Quincy on the North end of 12th Street. In 1927, it was moved to our present day location here on the north end of 18th Street. Fruit trees and berries were the main crops grown. It was named “Edward J. Frese Nursery.”

Photo taken in 1991

Rich & Jerry Frese


In 1959, Richard and Gerald Frese, sons of Edward, took over the nursery and it was then called “Frese Brothers Nursery.” A small retail yard was established and other nursery crops were grown including evergreen trees and shrubs, flowering shrubs, and of course strawberries and other berry plants. The nursery sold wholesale to many other nurseries and the retail sales yard was expanding.

In 1986, Mike Maas and Fred Landsing, owners of “Ornamental Landscaping,” along with Clint Frese, bought into Frese Brothers Nursery. It was then renamed “Frese Ornamental Nursery and Landscape.” Mike took over the growing of trees and shrubs and was in charge of all the digging and planting operations. Fred took over the landscaping portion and was the landscape designer and ran the landscape crews. Clint operated the retail sales yard and helped out with landscape design as well.

Our Family

In 1999, Fred Landsing sold out his portion to Mike and Clint and moved on to pursue other interests. Ted Genenbacher, son-in-law of Mike, took over for Fred in 2000. Ted had worked in the fields of Frese Nursery since 1989. In 2008, Clint Frese sold out his portion to Ted, Mike, and Katie Ippensen, daughter of Mike Maas.

Today, Frese Ornamental Nursery and Landscape is a flourishing Nursery and Garden Center. Already in our 7th generation, we have been able to expand our Garden Center and Landscaping portions of our business. The tradition of growing quality trees and shrubs continues with the help of our family, hard-working employees, and loyal customers.


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