Our History

FROM THE GROUND UP

We started, as so many good things do, by accident.

At the turn of the last century, George Durban was the gardener for a well-to-do Clifton family. When he wasn't tending their grounds, he was growing his own plants and flowers on the side, a hobby that would prove to be much more. Eventually, George saved up enough money to build his own greenhouse, accommodating his growing collection of flowers and plants. When wife Mary asked, "What are you going to do with all of these flowers?" John got to work selling them.

The business began in earnest then, in 1904, as George left the gardening job and built more greenhouses. Over time, his sons joined him, bringing the operation into its second generation. One of those sons, Joe, had three of his own: Charles, Tom, and Robert, who took over as president and managed a newly-acquired Clifton florist called "Adrian's Flower Shop" in the mid-1950s. It was a crucial move, purchasing that shop. Thirty years later, the company would rename itself "Adrian Durban" to reflect the union of its floral business and its greenhouse one. Today, we're still in that historic Clifton location, and our name still speaks to our history.

By the 1980s, we were in our fourth generation of Durbans, and in the last decade, we've welcomed our fifth generation into the shop. For over a century, we've been providing the highest quality flowers and plants to our Cincinnati neighbors and beyond, all because of a happy accident and a beloved hobby.