About us

Pictured above: Chad, Breanne, Ezekiel, and Anyah Scheitel (and Riley through the weeds)

Welcome to the Website of Fina (Fee na) Gardens where we can share our enthusiasm for the beauty of peonies with the rest of the world through little more than a click of a computer mouse. We are Chad and Breanne Scheitel, the new stewards of Fina Gardens. We are entrepreneurs looking to leave behind the fast-paced lifestyle of Minneapolis for a more peaceful environment in which to raise our children. Plants and nature are our passion, and we are very excited for this chapter of our lives. Much like Sam and Helen, we have other business ventures, and will be using our evenings, weekends and vacation to continue Fina's legacy.

Fina was started in 2002 by Sam and Helen Finazzo; their story of Fina's founding is below:

Partners in marriage for more than 38 years now, we decided 1998 to become partners in a new venture that would enable us to use our interests, talents and professional skills to build something of our own. So in 2002 we bought a 60-acre farm with fertile silt-loam soil in Northwest Wisconsin, where cold winters and temperate summers provide a place in which peonies thrive.

We kept our day jobs and began using our evenings, weekends and vacation time to gradually, but steadily, build the business. The 200 peony plants-comprising about 20 varieties-we had started growing at the back of our 1-acre lot in the city has become over 15,000 now on the farm. That number includes the acquisition of dozens of new cultivars added to our collection over the past 12 years. Ultimately, we hope to have a few hundred varieties that our gardener customers will be able to choose from, as well as provide 150,000 blooms for sale each year to wholesale cut flower distributors.

The name of our business, Fina Gardens, has its roots in my Sicilian heritage and says something about our vision for this venture. Fina, which means "fine" in Italian refers to the quality that we strive for in both our cut flowers and root divisions. That quality is evident in the long stems and big blooms of our bouquets and the extra-large roots we offer to those who want to grow their own. So along with quality we think you'll agree we also provide good value." - Sam & Helen Finazzo

Pictured: Sam & Helen Finazzo

Fina Gardens LLC
1319 8th Ave
Hillsdale, WI 54733