As you wander and shop through the greenhouses in any season, you’ll have noticed doors that lead to mysterious areas labelled “staff only”. Behind these doors is where we hide all of our storage and growing greenhouses. We have 8 freestanding greenhouses, in which we grow bedding plants, as well as fall mums and poinesttias. There is also a large greenhouse range adjacent to the pottery section of growing space. This area is where much of the early spring action takes place; seeding and transplanting, and growing. My favourite of the back greenhouses though has been “4 to the North” which sits right outside the back entrance. On the North side of the entrance, to be specific! It is typically used to store large orders of plants for landscapers, and commercial customers. I’ve liked it, because the plants are grouped together as large plantings; a variety of plants together looking more like a garden than a field.
This week, I said goodbye to “4-to-the-North” as well as the growing range. We’re working on a pretty major renovation back there, tearing the whole structure down, and building a new one. This new area will be almost as big as the retail area, and best of all, newly designed for better growing conditions, and maneuverability. As growers, we are very picky when it comes to the quality of the plants that you take home to your gardens. With an improved growing space, the young plants will thrive with improved environmental controls (humidity, temperature, airflow, light dispersion). They will grow strong and healthy, less susceptible to diseases and fungus. Better walkways and aisles will mean more space for us to move around, to bring plants out for you to enjoy!