About Us



Gateway Nursery was established approximately 30 years ago and has had three owners. Paul and Dusty Kornbacher are the current owners. We purchased the business in April 1998 after moving from Michigan where we worked as a Finance Manager and Administrative Assistant. My roots in Marshall County go back several generations and it was the many trips to visit grandparents and family that established our desire to live in KY. Although neither of the us had any previous knowledge of horticulture we viewed our purchase of the nursery as a way to work together as we had in our marriage of 30 years as well as a way to meet people and establish friendships in the county. We joined the Perennial Plant Association, Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association and became Master Gardeners.

Buying a business with no prior knowledge of that business takes guts, skill and MUCH faith in God to get you through the rough spots. In the beginning I used my secretarial skills to alphabetize the annuals so I could find them more quickly. I couldn’t tell a Marigold from a Zenia but by alphabetizing I knew where to find them. By combining our business strengths, we have worked to make the business what it is today.

In 2004 another prayer was answered when our only son, Alex moved to Kentucky with his family to join us in the business.

The Florist was established in January 2004 and continues to be a growing part of our business. In 2009 Dusty became a Certified Kentucky Master Florist.

For your convenience our gift shop offers many other beautiful products, such as solar lighted crosses & angels, wind chimes and urns for people and pets.

Gateway Nursery is conveniently located on Hwy 68 just east of the Purchase Parkway's Exit 47 in Draffenville. We carry a wide variety of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs. We also offer lawn care and grounds maintenance.

We are proud members of the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association, Kentucky Florist Association and the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. We are fully licensed and insured.

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Gateway Nursery and Florist
960 Hwy 68 East
Benton, KY 42025 USA
Phone: 270 527 1884

After Hours Phone: 270 493 6028 (For funeral arrangements)
Contact us at: kyflrfmr@vci.net

Current Hours:
Daily 9am-5pm
Sunday Closed - See you in Church!

For online shopping visit GatewayFloristKY.com

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