Leaving Germany in search of the American dream, horticulturist Richard Lohrmann bought some land in San Rafael, California, in 1909. There, he opened a small neighborhood nursery serving the community he lived and worked in. Since he didn’t have any children of his own, Richard sold the business in 19XX to his nephew, Karl Untermann, who had inherited his green thumb and passion for gardening.
Today, the nursery continues to be an Untermann family enterprise, with Karl’s son Tom and his grandson Chris running the show. Tom’s wife, Mary, and Chris’ wife, Barb, work tirelessly behind the scenes, traveling to trade shows, creating the displays and making sure The Christmas House is bigger and better every year.