At the start of every spring, it’s so refreshing to get outdoors and hear the birds in the trees, chirping as they welcome a new season and put the cold winter behind them. The warm sunshine that lasts into the evening hours and the budding plants in the garden signal that it’s time to get outdoors and start shedding the heavy winter coats. It feels so rejuvenating to be outside in the garden again to start another season of growing and expanding our outdoor spaces.
For our family, the spring is especially significant; because it’s a time we continue our cherished tradition of opening our doors to the family-owned garden centre our parents started in 1991. This year comes with even more meaning for us, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary of striving to deliver service and quality to Guelph, Puslinch and surrounding area.
Although it feels like just yesterday, the garden centre has gone through many changes in 25 years; from one greenhouse built on a single lane road beside a mini-putt that was surrounded by open field, to occupying four acres in a densely populated corner of the city, filled with neighbourhoods and commercial development. Nursery management has also changed in that time, our parents founded the company and ran the day to day operations for many years – raising us in an environment that always included working with (or playing amongst) the plants after-school – to handing over day to day operations to us, letting the second generation continue the traditions they started.
With all that has changed, there are things that have stayed the same – we still run things with the values they instilled, the cornerstone of which are plant quality and customer service; adding our creativity and hopes to expand the business they worked so hard to create. We’re also delighted to see so many familiar faces from year to year, each year getting to catch up with clients that return annually to continue the outdoor traditions they created with their families. It is for this reason that we remain so committed to the business our family established so many years ago – to create a place that you want to visit with your family as we continue to develop the business with ours.
As our next generation plays amongst the plants after school, we hope you’ll enjoy continuing – or starting – your outdoor traditions with us. It has truly been a pleasure to see all the friendly faces from year to year, and we hope that the start of another spring is as inspiring for you as it is for us, as we get our hands in the soil and return to the gardens that feel like home.