The florist trade in Indianapolis began about ten years before the Civil War. One of the earliest to venture into that line of businesses was a German immigrant named Anthony (née Antoine) Wiegand. He arrived in Indianapolis in 1850 and made a name for himself in short order. Wiegand rented an acre of land between Kentucky, Missouri and South Streets to grow oleander trees, raspberry bushes, tomato plants, flowers and more. City directories indicate that Wiegand lived where he worked. Today, the same piece of geography dodges in and out of Lucas Oil Stadium’s shadows. Wiegand’s learned his trade in this native country, but he continued honing his artistry for the benefit of Indiana’s capital city for the rest of his life.