Grower Profiles
Scientists studying climate change in northern Canada have recently used satellite photos to document a “greening” effect. That is, they’re finding vegetation above the treeline is growing lusher and greener earlier than usual. They’re suggesting this green wave will last longer than in the past, thanks to warmer temperatures.
In Saskatchewan’s capital, Dutch Growers Garden Centre is working to bring the world of gardening to the city of Regina, an area not traditionally known for its green thumb.
Jack Atkin was a true visionary in forging new market opportunities for flower growers

Located on a busy highway outside of Tillsonburg, Ont., Courtland Gardens and Landscaping Centre is responsible for spreading a little tropical flair throughout southwestern Ontario, a niche that’s continuing to grow with customers.

When you think of greenhouse vegetable operations in the Leamington/Kingsville region of southwestern Ontario, you tend to think of sprawling individual ranges of 10 or 20 acres – or more – of production. Rows extending out towards the horizon, or so it would seem! That’s certainly the typical image that’s evolved over the past decade or so.

The Canadian greenhouse industry has long been known for its culture of innovation. Yields improve every year. Niche market opportunities are developed. Fine-tuning, trialling and optimizing are constants.

Three years ago we started a pickup hockey game for growers in the Niagara area. We played a single game, had a lot of fun, and then went out for breakfast. The game was covered in Greenhouse Canada, so through that and word of mouth, its popularity started to grow.
When customers come to Corn Hill Nursery Ltd., located in Corn Hill, N.B., they are surrounded by a natural and peaceful setting in which they are free to wander.
Nafsika Krasanaki was looking for a quiet place to raise a family – and grow. Her search resulted in Canada Green, six acres of diversified agricultural production.
CosMic Plants is using its state-of-the-art facilities to grow both young starter and finished plants

In today’s fiercely competitive market, retail businesses must strive to find a niche that will give them an edge to ensure their success in the future, and retail garden centres in Hamilton, Ontario, are no exception.
Len Cullen, a man I had known and admired for well over 40 years passed away on Aug. 15 at the age of 81. He was not a horticulturist, and always readily admitted that to anyone who would listen. He was an entrepreneur par excellence, a man of his word, a dreamer, a doer and a friend.
Congratulations goes out to Tom Intven of Canadale Nurseries Ltd. in St. Thomas, Ont. Intven was awarded the prestigious Award of Merit from the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators’ Society.
New intros are attracting attention, but P.E.I. grower says customers still prefer tried-and-true red varieties.
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