We moved to beautiful Galena in 1994 from Spring Grove, IL. We both grew up on small
farms and brought with us our love of gardening. In 1995 we found the property now
known as Murphy’s Gardens which had long been a fruit & produce farm in one form
or another. We began by selling our excess produce from a table in the garage and
slowly expanded as time & finances allowed to what we are today. The perennial end
of the business stemmed from Lori’s desire to grow more unique plants that couldn't
be found in the existing greenhouses in Dubuque, Platteville & Galena. So, a small
greenhouse was constructed by Paul and so it began. Every year another greenhouse
goes up, the shop is improved & garden areas are expanded to offer more display gardens.
Murphy’s Gardens is a full-time job for Lori these days. Paul runs their other company
Murphy’s Home Maintenance in addition to doing all the construction & much of the
vegetable planting on the farm.
Our son, Kyle (age 13), is learning the business and is in charge of kid entertainment
with tours of our fish & frogs in the water ponds.
We are privileged to live in this wonderful community and to have such wonderful
friends & customers.
Our awesome staff is so much fun to work with and they are knowledgeable too!
We pride ourselves on offering superb customer service with friendly smile and helpful
Lori, Paul & Kyle Murphy
Even our cats enjoy the gardens! They are usually lounging in the house, but once
in a while they come out to visit. You never know where they will decide to nap.