The Ludwig family is proud to be celebrating our 5th generation in the flower business in Pittsburgh!

Tim and Sara's Wedding

The Blumengarten Crew at Tim and Sara’s wedding, August 2012

Tim, son of Jim and Linda, grew up in the floral business, working part-time in the shop through his high school and college years.  He joined our company full-time in 2009, after graduation from the University of Dayton.

Our History

The Ludwig family was in the flower business as far back as the late 1800’s when E.C. Ludwig (Jim’s great-grandfather) had a flower stall in the Market House in Allegheny, PA (Now Pittsburgh’s North Side.)

E C Ludwig, Allegheny Market House

Our founder, Ed Ludwig, established Ed Ludwig Flowers in 1929, as one of the first tenants in the new Koppers Building in downtown Pittsburgh. (Ed’s brother, Deforest, had been a charter member of FTD.) Ed served as FTD president in 1955.

Ed’s son, Jim Ludwig Sr., joined him in the business in 1947, and the business name was changed to Ed and Jim Ludwig Flowers. Over the years, Jim served as regional director of FTD and president of Interflora.

Four generations of Ludwigs

Four generations of Ludwigs at the 1978 FTD Convention in Atlanta: Ed, Jim Jr, Jim Sr. and baby Drew

Jim, Jr. joined the company in 1975. Over the next years, the business expanded into the North Hills of Pittsburgh, first to the McKnight-Seibert Shopping Center, and then into Northway Mall. We became known as Jim Ludwig’s Blumengarten.

In 1990, Jim Jr. and his wife, Linda, purchased our current building in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. It was originally intended to be a centralized hub and offices for our other stores. However, during the ’90’s we found that the economy of one centralized location suited the logistics of the flower business quite well. After 70 years downtown, we moved out of the Koppers Building, and we now have only this one location.

Blumengarten Florist

Our Strip District store puts us in a unique position to serve our customers who contact us by phone and internet from all over the world. The Strip District is centrally positioned for city-wide delivery. We are located close to floral wholesalers and suppliers, and can often fulfill the special requests of our customers on short notice. Low overhead and large warehouse space in our current building allows us to provide value pricing in all our products. We have adequate space and large walk-in coolers to accommodate flowers for any holiday or large special event.

Bob and Jim Ludwig

Bob and Jim Ludwig

In 2006, we were fortunate to have Bob Ludwig join our business.  (Bob is a distant cousin of Jim, as their grandfathers were first cousins.)  Members of Bob’s family were florists on Pittsburgh’s North Side since the 1880’s.  In September of 2006, Bob closed Ludwig Floral Company on East Ohio Street, and joined our company.  He brings with him 50 years of floral experience.

Our friendly staff looks forward to hearing from you and serving you!

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