Tim Campbell knows a thing or two or 10 about plants, as a third-generation plant raiser and seller.
Campbell, 52, is president of Plant Kingdom, the retail end, and managing partner of Campbell’s Phoenix Greenhouse, the family greenhouse business, which he runs with his father, Gene. The business reaches back 80 years and has been near 37th Street South and Broadway, just south of the railroad overpass, since the mid-1940s. He spent his first year of life in a converted garage on site.
These days the business is going through a major change caused by reconstruction of the overpass. The city has bought some of their land, including one of the family homes. The greenhouses will remain, and the family decided to turn one of them into a year-round retail location, at 3640 S. Topeka. Campbell will also continue to operate two seasonal locations, near Hillside and K-96 and near Harry and Woodlawn.
Campbell, 52, is married to Rita, who runs her family’s Roto-Rooter business. The couple have five sons, all working in the greenhouse business.