It is with heavy hearts that we share with you that our patriarch, George Lucht passed away on October 7, 2020. George was an inspiration to all of us here at Malmborgs. For many years he led this company with excellence. The “Geraniums by George” slogan has been synonymous with quality and plantsmanship of the highest caliber. His dear wife, Joan, was an ever-present companion in the greenhouse/garden centers - they truly worked this business together. George held himself and our company to the highest of standards in plant quality and service while passing on these traits to those who succeed him. He found great pride in the family business. Two children and a son-in-law remain actively involved along with several of the third generation – all continuing his legacy. Even after retirement George could still be found on site taking care of projects and keeping an eye on things. He was a man of integrity, determination and fortitude who encountered medical issues that never deterred him from living life to its fullest. His kind heart, his vast plant knowledge /experience and his love for flowers were like no other. Our Malmborg’s family will not be the same without him and we will miss him greatly.
Throughout the years, George was very involved in the greenhouse industry: including serving in roles at Minnesota Commercial Flower Growers, helping establish the Widmer research fund at the University of MN, serving as President of Professional Plant Growers Association (formerly known as Bedding Plants Inc), active in Society of American Florists, serving on the board for Florastar, and a long-time supporter of the American Floral Endowment Fund. He epitomized the character of the industry with his collaborative spirit and benevolence when disaster would occur for others. His belief in promoting plants and flowers was of paramount importance to him. His insights, and optimistic attitude will be missed by all and cherished by many who were able to work alongside him.
George Arthur Lucht
Entered his heavenly home on October 7, 2020 at the age of 82. We find comfort knowing that his is now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Preceded in death by brother Richard Lucht, granddaughter Hannah Lucht, brother-in-law Ralph Jobes. Survived by dear wife of 61 years, Joan; children Kim (Burt) Murdock, Keri (Van) Cooley, Troy (Karen) Lucht; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sisters Millie Jobes, Ann (Milton) Walters, brother Ken Lucht. “Geranium George” owner of Malmborg’s Greenhouse and Garden Centers loved flowers and spent his career serving the community and industry. Through the years he was an active member of Brookdale Covenant Church, the Brooklyn Center and Maple Grove Rotaries, Bedding Plant Inc, Society of American Florists and St. Phillip the Deacon Lutheran Church. George loved his family, many dear friends, traveling the world and spending times on the beautiful beaches of Sanibel Island. Private services with family are planned. Memorials may be directed to the family and per George’s request will be given to his church, rotary, and the greenhouse industry.
Malmborg’s Garden Center, established in 1958, was purchased by George Lucht in 1972 after he had worked for the Malmborg’s family for many years. Malmborg's Garden Center had earned an excellent reputation in the community and George decided to keep the name "Malmborg's" and add "Geraniums by George" as his own personal touch. George expanded the business in 1976 when he purchased the current growing range in Rogers, MN and developed greenhouses and a retail store on the site.
Malmborg's is truly a family owned and operated business. Today George (CEO) and his son Troy (President) own the company. George's daughter Keri handles many varied aspects of the business including inventory, planning and customer service. Van Cooley, George's son-in-law, leads the sales and marketing drive in retail and fundraising. George's grandchildren are learning more about the business as they spend available time working in the greenhouse and retail stores.
Malmborg's opened an additional garden center location in April of 2012. Located in Blaine, this spacious garden center has allowed Malmborg's to bring our large selection of annuals, vegetable, herbs and more to the North Metro. We look forward to serving the avid gardeners in the Blaine area and helping them to continue to beautify their homes and gardens.
In July of 2015, Malmborg's closed the Brooklyn Center garden center and greenhouse to make way for New Millennium Academy, a local charter school. While we are saddened to leave this community after 57 years, we are excited for the future of our Blaine and Rogers garden centers and greenhouse.
We root over 1,300 varieties of plants, producing over five million plants, which are brought in from around the world. We grow finished plants for our own Garden Centers and other retailers in our area. There are always new and interesting varieties at Malmborg's Garden Center so stop in and see what new plants and merchandise are available.