Under previous names and ownership, Otto’s Oasis has been serving Charles City and the surrounding towns since the early 1920’s. Otto’s Oasis is committed to offering the finest fresh floral arrangements, gifts, home and garden décor, as well as the largest and best selection of plants in the area. We also carry an extensive line of nursery products and provide exceptional landscape services.
Jeff Otto, a Charles City native, and his wife Lori purchased Otto’s Oasis in February 2007. Jeff received his degree in Horticulture Science and has been in the landscape profession for over 30 years. He started his greenhouse and landscape career in high school, working right here at Floral Expressions and then in later years for the business when it was known as Echter’s. He and Lori lived in the Chicago area for several years where he worked as a Division Manager for a large landscape company. While he oversees the store in general, his focus is in the greenhouse and landscaping areas. Lori has a background in retail as well as administrative assistant positions. She spends her days ordering gifts and home décor for our showroom, working in the office and managing the day to day operations.
Meet Our Staff:
Christopher Anthony, Floral Manager: Christopher, a transplant from Western Pennsylvania, has learned many facets of the floral industry, while working at two flower shops. He started out delivering, and then eventually moved onto bookkeeping. After a while, Christopher used his artistry and learned the basics of design, which has ispired him to create unique and extraordinary designs. Christopher can be found working on many tasks, helping in the showroom with displays and assisting customers in finding that perfect gift. Christopher is the head designer, which includes just some of the following: weddings, funeral, events and much more.
Brianna Keninger, Greenhouse Production Manager: Brianna, a transplant from Newton, Iowa, has received her bachelors degree in Greenhouse Production at Iowa State University, as well as her associates degree at the Des Moines Area Community College in Greenhouse Business and Landscape Design. She has always had a passion for flowers and the outdoors. She worked as an intern at two major greenhouse businesses while attending college, and has now made Otto's her place to be. Brianna maintains the website and helps with social media. She also puts together purchasing orders for live plants, and garden decor. Spring is her busiest season, as you will find her in the greenhouse for a solid 3 months helping maintain the plants.
Michelle Lohse, Floral Designer: Michelle isn’t new to the floral industry. After graduating from Kirkwood Community College in 1985, Michelle has worked off and on at several floral shops over the past 30 years. Michelle's pleasant and witty personality generates a positive environment around the store. You can find her helping out in our gift shop and putting together floral orders.
Dene Lundberg, Floral Designer:
Jean King, Greenhouse: Jean is no stranger when it comes to plants. She started out at Otto's with more plant knowledge than anyone here. Jean has more varieties of hostas and daylilys than you could probably imagine! Her passion for flowers and plants is infinite. You can find her keeping busy in the greenhouse watering, planting, cleaning up plants, putting together beautiful displays and so much more. She would love to help you with any question you have.
|Ambassador Call for 5 year Anniversary, February 2012|