JOHN D. ROBINSON, florist, at Bloomington, is the second son of James H. and Latrecia (Drake) Robinson, the
date of his birth being Aug. 16, 1852. He was educated in the public schools of his native city, and in early years
indicated by his tastes in floriculture, the business to which he was best adapted in life. With this end in view
he spent two years in the Bloomington Nursery, which was then known as the Phoenix. During that time he acquired
a thorough knowledge of plants and trees and the care and treatment required in their successful propagation and
growth. After graduating from this department he spent one year with William C. Wilson [ed., William C. Wilson
of Astoria, L.I.C., Long Island, N. Y., importer and grower], a noted nursery-man of New York, and completed the
experience required in the successful operation of the business of a florist.
Returning to Bloomington, in 1871, Mr. Robinson established the grounds and greenhouse which have now become familiarly known as the largest and most thoroughly equipped of anything of the kind in the city. In the construction of his greenhouse there were employed 16,800 feet of glass, which furnishes ample room for the multitude of plants and flowers which he keeps constantly on hand. The establishment is warmed by a complete system of hot water pipes attached to three boilers, in which the water is kept at an even temperature. Mr. Robinson has built up a fine trade, and besides the bulbs and roots which he furnishes by the thousand, he also deals extensively in cut flowers, large numbers of which he furnishes for funerals, weddings, and other important events. He also ships large orders of these to Kansas City, Peoria, and intermediate points, besides having a good home trade. Mr. Robinson is unmarried, and makes his home with his widowed mother in the family residence at the intersection of Clay and East streets.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 406. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.