About Banner Flower House

Banner Flower House has been serving Kokomo, Indiana in the same location since 1906 - just celebrating our 110th anniversary! We are locally/family owned and operated.

Banner Flower House offers on-site decorating and consultations, group tours, speakers for your group, and a Gift of the Month Club. We have been Voted Best Place to Buy a Flower Bouquet.


Our state-of-the art building features 2 large walk-in coolers, a large showroom, plant atrium and a features DeBrand Chocolates. You can place orders on our website or call us at 765-459-5166. We offer same day delivery for local orders and Sunday delivery for local funeral services.

We pride ourselves on the variety, quality and selection of products we offer. We carry the largest selection of fresh flowers and plants in the area and go out of our way to meet your needs.

Banner Flower House directly serves Kokomo (46901 and 46902), Greentown (46936), Galveston (46932), Tipton (46072), Russiaville (46979), Sharpsville (46068) and Burlington (46915).

We wire flowers through Teleflora worldwide and ship our gifts and DeBrand's Chocolates nationwide.

William and Josephine Bitler acquired the Banner Flower House property in July 1906. Their beginnings were troubled. The title records show a mechanic's lien foreclosed. Indiana Lumber Company had not been paid for the lumber to build the greenhouse started on the 14th day of July 1906. Bruner Coal Company also laid claim because of monies owed to stoke the furnaces for the greenhouses.

 

Although the couple managed to mortgage their way through their tough beginnings, divorce proceedings followed in 1914 only to be dismissed and filed again in 1920. The flower house was transferred to Josephine, now a single woman. She kept it only a short time and deeded Banner Flowers to William and Cora Bruner who almost immediately turned the property over, in 1923, to William and Kathryn Wentz.

Mrs. Wentz ran the greenhouses with the help of employee, Martha Gerard. Mrs. Wentz seems to be the first to branch into floral design, while Mrs. Gerard ran the greenhouse.

During this period, there was a barn behind the house, which was for the horses. It had a loft upstairs to store "Gates Ajar", a funeral piece, and funeral decorations such as Masonic Emblems. These wire contraptions were used repeatedly. 

In 1928, the Wentz's deeded the property to D.N. and Roxie Hoover. During this era, the floral design aspect of the business seemed to get off the ground and the greenhouses were expanded. The Hoovers collected large tin cans from a local restaurant, constructed a handle on the can and decorated all with crepe paper. They filled these cans with carnations, snapdragons and stock grown right on the property. They used poultry netting to hold their arrangements in place.

To call the Hoover's by phone at Banner Flower House, all you needed to do was "ring 2".

After World War II, Mr. and Mrs. Hoover turned ownership over to their sons, David and Rex. This generation of Hoovers ushered their floral business into the computer age.

Upon the Hoover's retirements in September 1995, the business was sold to Janice Quakenbush Lagzdins and her daughters, Michelle Herr and Debra Archer. A new building, constructed in 2001, is located on the original site. It is now a state-of-the-art retail florist with 10 employees and 2 delivery vans. A new Banner family, from Grandma to Grandchildren, proudly serving Kokomo into its next century.

Banner Flower House has been voted "Best Place to Buy a Bouquet" by Kokomo Tribune readers many times over the last decade.

 

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