Rochester, MN


3430 19th Street Northwest

Lake City, MN


907 North Lakeshore Drive

Meet Our Staff

Jim Whiting


I’ve been growing my business since 1972 and haven’t stopped! A deep interest in all types of plants grew into the production of trees, shrubs and perennials along with the establishment of the retail nursery and landscaping services. I love meeting people as they come into the nursery and helping them to find just the right plants for their project. Outside of the business, I enjoy fishing, the outdoors, my pets and spoiling my two grandchildren.

Chris Graves

General Manager

I started here at Whiting’s in March 1999. I’m a graduate of Waterloo High School and Kirkwood Community Collage. I enjoy working with people, and the outdoors. I look forward to every job —whether large or small! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and fishing.

Connie Curtiss

Office Manager

I started at Whiting’s March 2017. I’m a graduate of Wells-Easton High School. I enjoy making people smile. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.

Tony Zak

I started here at Whiting’s March 2005. I’m at graduate of RCTC with a degree in Horticulture. I enjoy working outside helping customers in all areas. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.


I have been working at Jim Whiting Nursery for 4 years. I’ve been in retail sales and customer service for over 50 years. I’ve been gardening for most of that time. I love to travel and have been across the country many times. I teach exercise classes for the YMCA. Lake City is a wonderful place to live and work. Looking forward to another beautiful flower season at Whiting’s Nursery.

“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty, or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow”
-David Hobson