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rate garden centres


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Diane10-Jun-01 07:26 PM EST 5b   
Pam10-Jun-01 09:19 PM EST   
Kiru11-Jun-01 03:19 AM EST 8b   
Karen11-Jun-01 09:53 AM EST 6a   
JoanneS11-Jun-01 01:19 PM EST 3a   
Caroline11-Jun-01 02:30 PM EST 8b   
Carmen14-Jun-01 01:57 AM EST 8   
Betty14-Jun-01 02:56 PM EST 5a   
Ann14-Jun-01 08:11 PM EST 4b   
Jude20-Jun-01 12:58 AM EST   
Bridgette Boyer20-Jun-01 01:30 AM EST 8a   
Diane22-Jun-01 11:00 AM EST 5b   
Greg22-Jun-01 11:46 AM EST 6a   
JoanneS27-Jun-01 01:19 PM EST 3a   
Juanita27-Jun-01 09:25 PM EST 3a   
Iris28-Jun-01 07:52 AM EST 4b   
Dave28-Jun-01 05:08 PM EST   
Tonylyn28-Jun-01 06:17 PM EST 3   
28-Jun-01 11:57 PM EST   
Andy 28-Jun-01 11:58 PM EST   
Maggie29-Jun-01 02:25 AM EST   
Iris29-Jun-01 01:53 PM EST 4b   
Esther01-Jul-01 08:23 PM EST 4   
Michael02-Jul-01 02:00 AM EST 5a   
Deborah in Nova Scotia03-Jul-01 06:58 AM EST 6b   
Diane03-Jul-01 02:53 PM EST 2a   
Karol Ann04-Jul-01 04:28 PM EST   
Betty05-Jul-01 07:27 AM EST 5b   
jan05-Jul-01 08:40 AM EST   
Northern Gardener14-Jul-01 12:53 PM EST 3   
Lynn (Mort)19-Jul-01 02:12 PM EST 3   
JoanneS30-Aug-01 12:34 PM EST 3a   
Paul Breese31-Aug-01 01:10 AM EST 6b   
Trudy31-Aug-01 01:32 PM EST 6b   
becky lemay03-Sep-01 03:07 PM EST 3a   
Shelley24-Jun-03 10:53 AM EST 6b   
Shelley24-Jun-03 10:54 AM EST 6b   
ana24-Jun-03 12:20 PM EST 6a   
Greg24-Jun-03 02:18 PM EST 6a   
KW24-Jun-03 02:53 PM EST   
Carol27-Jun-03 10:26 PM EST 5a   


Subject: rate garden centres
From: Diane
Zone: 5b
Date: 10-Jun-01 07:26 PM EST

As Donna said in the Rude Garden Centre Staff thread: "So why not start rating them here! There are some wonderful garden centers out there and I am sure all the new gardeners would appreciate hearing who is good to buy from and who offers helpful and accurate advice!" I'd like to add that if you're going to participate, please include your email address; just to be sure that if you're a garden centre owner, you are't tooting your own horn. True shoppers only please!


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Pam
Zone:
Date: 10-Jun-01 09:19 PM EST

Hole's of course is wonderful, but the service is not as good as when Lois ran it herself...more business- like now that her son is in charge...but still great for plants and people. I like Edward's green house here in Calgary. They've got some really neat stuff and the stuff are knowlegible and friendly. The larger ones in Calgary employ so many young unskilled workers who don't know or even seem to like plants. I have pretty much shunned the big boys in town and prefer Edwards or Bretin Flower farm...good healthy stock at Bretins and again staff that know their stuff.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Kiru
Zone: 8b
Date: 11-Jun-01 03:19 AM EST

Here in Vancouver, there are several garden centers that I frequent.

The staff at Mandeville are generally quite friendly and informative. The prices are higher than other garden centers, however.

Art Knapps... I've found that the salespeople at both the Figaro's Garden and Art Knapp on the Hill (on Hastings Street) have been snooty and totally unfriendly. The prices are pretty good, though... they have good sales.

Garden Works... the staff are informative, but you've got to ask them. Otherwise, they're busy, busy, busy, rushing here and there. I've had both good and bad experiences there. They often have good offers though... if you look carefully, they post coupons and other offers in their ads in the paper. ; )

Southlands in the west side... I was surprised by how good their prices were! I assumed that, being in the west side, the prices would be jacked up, but they're very competitive... a lot of items were cheaper than at the other centers. I don't know about service cuz there wasn't really anyone around the one time that I went there.

Revy, Home Depot, etc. ... like ppl say, you get what you pay for! Hard to beat prices, but pretty much no service.

I'm a new gardener myself, but I've hit these stores enough to be able give a general feel of what I've experienced. Hope this helps!

Kiru


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Karen
Zone: 6a
Date: 11-Jun-01 09:53 AM EST

I'm also a new gardener, but in a year I've built an English garden out of a patch of dirt and weeds. Needless to say, I've visited quite a few garden centres in Toronto (and this website!) over the past year and a bit.

I find Plant World and Weill&Cullen to have the best selection and service, but the highest prices. Plant World is wonderful. If a staff member can't answer my question, he or she will find someone who can. They are willing to take the time to get the answer right, even if it means looking through the various reference books they keep behind the counter. I've asked about a couple sick houseplants, and was invited to bring them in for a "check-up" and advice. They also have a great sale in the middle of May for "preferred customers" where you get a significant discount on large purchases.

I also shop a lot at Revy, Canadian Tire and Home Depot (only when the Canadian competition doesn't have what I'm looking for). The service in the garden centre is terrible, but that should be no surprise.

A quick word about Revy: I spend a lot of money in their paint department, and the service is exemplary. They are always interested in my project and have valuable advice. Twice I've been asked to bring in pictures of the completed project. At Home Depot, I get the quickest answer so I can be shuffled aside for the next customer.

Finally, White Rose is a good middle ground. The selection is fairly broad, and the staff is reasonably knowledgable, although I wouldn't call them experts.

A word of advice: I get the best service when I go during the week when the stores aren't as busy. This is probably a no-brainer, but the Saturday of Victoria Day weekend is most definitely the worst time to go shopping for plants if you need advice.

Karen.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: JoanneS
Zone: 3a
Date: 11-Jun-01 01:19 PM EST

Edmonton, Apache Seed. A+

Great family-owned business. Been around for decades. Knowledgeable staff, good product and reasonable prices. They know me and they know the names of my children, even though I only go in there 3 or 4 times a year.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Caroline
Zone: 8b
Date: 11-Jun-01 02:30 PM EST

I live in the Fraser Valley B.C. and the garden center I love is Cedar Rim in Langley. They have tons of staff, and are very helpful with any question you might have. Also, The Perennial Gardens in Maple Ridge have very experienced staff and though I've only gone there twice, both during the week, they were very helpful and pleasant.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Carmen
Zone: 8
Date: 14-Jun-01 01:57 AM EST

Although I am a Victoria, B.C. gardener my heart is in Vancouver! All the abovementioned in Vancouver are my faves! Southlands, owned by Thomas Hobbs - can ya beat that!! Perennial Gardens, Mandeville. One not yet mentioned is Murray Nurseries, just down the street from Southlands. Also Erickson's Daylilies a must for choice and price! They are the supplier to Southlands, buy from Pam and get her wholesale price. Also she told me that she gets over 200 people per day in July to see her daylilies. She also has some iris plants.

Another good one is Fraser Thimble Farms on Saltspring. Unusual stuff. Carmen


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Betty
Zone: 5a
Date: 14-Jun-01 02:56 PM EST

A few that I have found really good in Nova Scota are West River near New Glasglow, The Briar Patch in Berwick, Whitman's in Lawrencetown in Anna. Co. and Searles at Hilden near Truro. Maybe I should have listed the ones I do not like as there are more I did not mention and actually only a very few I find unhelpful.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Ann
Zone: 4b
Date: 14-Jun-01 08:11 PM EST

Garry's Garden gallery in Lindsay, Ontario. Their staff are all so helpful and patient. They have a huge selection of everything, spoilt for choice when I go there.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Jude
Zone:
Date: 20-Jun-01 12:58 AM EST

I've been to almost all of them in Edmonton & surrounding area (and there's a zillion), but there are a few that I keep going back to:

1) Salisbury in Sherwood for their great selection (plus they're close by)

2) Whitemud in Edmonton - still small but great service.

3) Greenland in Sherwood Park - great selection & great staff.

And at least one trip in the spring to:

4) Apache Seed just because I like to talk to them!

5) Kuhlman's for the selection, but not too often 'cause I can never find what I'm looking for and can never find staff to ask.

And I think I have found another "hidden gem" - BMR Greenhouses & Water Gardens just south of Beaumont. One whole greenhouse devoted to aquatic plants, plus all the "usuals" in their other greenhouses. Very friendly folks who are more than willing to help out a novice water gardener.

Holes in St. Albert has incredible selection & fantastic quality, but are a little pricey (especially with the price of gas to get there!)

And that's my two cents worth!


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Bridgette Boyer
Zone: 8a
Date: 20-Jun-01 01:30 AM EST

I live in the Fraser Valley and I have found a great nursery here. It's called Little Mountain and the staff is wonderful and the prices are great. I live quite close to Minter Gardens here in Chilliwack, although the store is beautiful, the staff are snooty and the prices are way too high.Thanks

Bridgette


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Diane
Zone: 5b
Date: 22-Jun-01 11:00 AM EST

This thread is developing quite nicely! It's also turning into a spot to find local and "hidden" sources for plants, which is really neat as new gardeners (and those of us with perpetual grubby fingernails)wouldn't know about them. The "seasonal" and "week-ends only" garden centres in our locales are pretty neat too!


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Greg
Zone: 6a
Date: 22-Jun-01 11:46 AM EST

A couple of my favourites: In Riverdale in Toronto's east end - Bill's Garden Centre (Pape N of Danforth). A small family-owned place. When I was looking for a mock orange which they didn't have in stock, they went down to a supplier, picked out a nice one for me and called me the next day. Great service and very knowledgable. Loblaws - It depends on the store, but most have a decent garden centre and they have good plant material at reasonable prices (a step up from Home Despot). They introduce new plants every year - like toad lilies which are almost unknown in this area.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: JoanneS
Zone: 3a
Date: 27-Jun-01 01:19 PM EST

Edmonton, Ellerslie Greenhouse.

I don't normally go to this greenhouse, but thought I'd make the trip. Honestly, ALL the staff couldn't have been more helpful. Prices were reasonable. I was very impressed.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Juanita
Zone: 3a
Date: 27-Jun-01 09:25 PM EST

My favourite greenhouse in the Edmonton area is the Bonnie Doon Greenhouse (east on 23rd Avenue toward Sherwood Park). Their plants are kept very healthy, and they have a nice selection.

Unfortunately everything I've ever bought from Salisbury has died, so I won't be going back there. Greenland is indeed a great spot, but I find the Bonnie Doon Greenhouse a little more "intimate", and I prefer the smaller operations.

I haven't yet tried the Ellerslie, or the BMR, but after having read this thread, I believe I will. Greenhousing always makes for a nice Saturday outing, and I always seem to have room for one more perennial.

Thanks for the recommendations.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Iris
Zone: 4b
Date: 28-Jun-01 07:52 AM EST

I live 100 km from Toronto, but when I am looking for very special perennials, I drive to BUDS in the city. They have wonderful healthy plants and the service is personal and the most knowledgeable I have ever encountered ! They also have a lovely website.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Dave
Zone:
Date: 28-Jun-01 05:08 PM EST

Hi Iris- You mention Buds in Toronto and a website. Please let us know where is it and what is their website. I'm sure they would love the free advertising. Also, I tried BUDS.CA and it's a porno site.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Tonylyn
Zone: 3
Date: 28-Jun-01 06:17 PM EST

Anyone living in the Sudbury, Ontario area should check out Azilda Greenhouse in the town of Azilda. Healthiest plants I have seen in the Sudbury area. Great prices and friendly staff. A must see for perennial gardeners.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From:
Zone:
Date: 28-Jun-01 11:57 PM EST

For folk in the Ottawa area my favourite is O'Reilly's on diamond head road just of Kinburn road.....Andra


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Andy
Zone:
Date: 28-Jun-01 11:58 PM EST

Sorry Ottawa folk that is diamondview rd


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Maggie
Zone:
Date: 29-Jun-01 02:25 AM EST

BMR and Bonnie Doon -are- great Edmonton area greenhouses :) Another surprise we discovered is Country Road greenhouse. We've never had better geraniums! I think they're closed for the year, but go look for them next spring.

Also, while you're out looking at Greenland, go another few feet north to the Wallish folks. The plants are healthy and vigorous, and the staff are friendly.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Iris
Zone: 4b
Date: 29-Jun-01 01:53 PM EST

Hi Dave, Buds website is www.budsgarden.com It is quite wonderful and I hope you enjoy the site and have a chance to visit in person. Let me know what you think.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Esther
Zone: 4
Date: 01-Jul-01 08:23 PM EST

Where's all the Manitoba gardeners? For best prices I shop at Falk's Nursery at Niverville. Sunshine in Steinbach has changed everything, has good stuff,good advise, good prices, Oakridge in Steinbach is most helpful, Shelmardines in Winnipeg is most expensive, Schriemers in Winnipeg is pretty good,Fast's at Kleefeld has lots of interesting stuff, Carmen has the biggest nursery but is a bit far for me.I happened to drop in last July when the half price sale went on. No warrenty then but everything I bought came through the winter,even my Kentucky coffee tree.This year I shall be braver and push more exotic stuff. I seem to have a mico climate in my yard anyhow.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Michael
Zone: 5a
Date: 02-Jul-01 02:00 AM EST

Here's a some nurseries I've been to

Mori Nursery, Niagara-on-the-Lake: tremendous selection, pricey

Humber Nursery, Brampton? or is it Mississauga?: Like going home to the mothership, you could spend hours there. Medium-pricey.

Garry's Garden Gallery, Lindsay. I went there for the first time last week. Good selection, though I laughed at the tricolor European beeches and the huge japanese maples (labelled, cautiously, NOT GUARANTEED OVER WINTER), knowing they would be blasted anywhere within a hundred miles of Lindsay. Reasonable.

Hortico, Waterdown. Exceptional selection, the stock of perennials and woody stuff will boggle the mind. Have heard that swaps are made on a 'similiar but not quite the cultivar you want' basis. Cheap, if you pick and choose.

Was really quite surprised by Loblaws Garden Centre here in Peterborough: some really nice stock... got some very healthy deciduous azaleas and a Kalmia for five dollars each at their end of season sale... now to prove once and for all it's possible to grow ericaceous plants in southern Ontario on top of limestone, hah hah

Picov's in Ajax used to be a pretty cool place for aquatics, until they closed: rumour has it (got this from the friendly clerk at Loblaws, see above, btw) that the family made such a killing from the sale of the land that the *gave* all their stock away on a first come first served basis. My stomach hurts thinking about their 700 dollar koi and their lovely hundred year old bonsai...

Local plug: Jane's Perennials (south on the Keene Rd east of Peterborough): great selection and very reasonable.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Deborah in Nova Scotia
Zone: 6b
Date: 03-Jul-01 06:58 AM EST

Atlantic Gardens on the Bedford Highway is excellent...exceptionally helpful staff (especially Kathy!), who liberally dispense invaluable advice. I've brought different garden pests in to them for identification, and for advice on how to get rid of them in an earth-friendly way, both of which they provided cheerfully. They're kind of pricey, but this is the old adage "you get what you pay for," as everything I've ever purchased there has grown beautifully. They have GREAT sales (one this past weekend)...bought two nicely established honeysuckle vines which normally sold for $29.99 for $9.99 each...what a find!

Farmer Clem's (also on Bedford Highway) is good as well...lovely selection, and super friendly staff.

Finally, Vesey's Seeds in Prince Edward Island is an excellent mail order supply source, and most approachable if you encounter problems with their products. I purchased (among other things) a Clematis Blue Light root from Vesey's, which didn't grow, despite maximum babying, and they prvided a credit within two days of my e-mail to them. Everything else I purchased from them has done well.

Happy gardening!


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Diane
Zone: 2a
Date: 03-Jul-01 02:53 PM EST

I live outside of Edmonton, towards Drayton Valley and I've found some good local greenhouses:

Townsend Busy Bee Pembina Valley

But recently I went into Edmonton to visit my sister and she took me to Virginia Greenhouse on Ellerslie Rd. Wonderful selection!!! Don't know about the staff, since I didn't ask for help, just picked up plants till my cart couldn't hold anymore. :-)


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Karol Ann
Zone:
Date: 04-Jul-01 04:28 PM EST

Unlimited Country in Tantallon, Nova Scotia is a wonderful nursery, they have very helpful staff and a wealth of knowledge - they also have featured plants of the week. I bought a tiny wine and roses wigelia there last year and it has more than doubled its size.

great place!


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Betty
Zone: 5b
Date: 05-Jul-01 07:27 AM EST

Hello, my favourite garden centers in Kelowna are:
The Greenery
Bylands
Art Knapp's

I find alot of the chain stores, such as hardware/grocery/general/merchandise stores do not have good quality plants ( unless you hit a delivery day).


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: jan
Zone:
Date: 05-Jul-01 08:40 AM EST

Hello,My favourite garden center in Lethbridge is Green Haven. I agree with Betty that sometimes you can buy excellent plants at chain stores, but only on Friday after delivering.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Northern Gardener
Zone: 3
Date: 14-Jul-01 12:53 PM EST

In the Edmonton area and have 2 favourite greenhouses:

Greenland - definitely great selection, knowledgable & helpful staff, great layout, a must see. Fabulous HUGE geraniums & spikes! Great place 12 months a year. Aspen Ridge - unbeatable hanging baskets/containers. Huge, healthy annuals grown on premises. Added some perennials this year. Friendly & knowledgeable staff & owner-operated. Closed end of June. :(

Comments on others: Whitemud - friendly, helpful staff. Average plant selection & quality. Wallish - annuals, ok. Limited perennials. No trees, shrubs, roses etc. Salisbury - HATE this place! Always a mess (plants & premises), hard to find plants (no order to them). Staff - can never find any, lacking knowledge. Dislike their 'info booth' set-up as ususally no-one 'knows' anything. Virginia Park - wasn't impressed with them either. Plants laying every which way, some over watered, some dead from dehydration. Spent 30 minutes there 'browsing' in early-June & never saw one staff (aside from cash). Do they have any? Ellerslie - a few high-school/university aged staff members who didn't seem to know a lot about gardening. Plants were so-so. Many had aphids. Geraniums were leggy. Nice selection of empty clay/cermaic pots. Holes - another place I dislike. Plants not all that healthy & over-priced. Lack of staff. Again, that 'info-booth' set-up to ask a question. What happened to good old fashioned personal service? (Greenland & Aspen Ridge are excellent for this!) Way To Grow - (new this year) a few nice plants but noticed some aphids.

Will give Country Road & BMR a try.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Lynn (Mort)
Zone: 3
Date: 19-Jul-01 02:12 PM EST

Edmonton area.... Hi all... I agree with the comments on Holes staff. Mostly invisible and not all that informed. I must say tho that their selection of plants is great. We have bought many rose bushes from them and they have all done well. Their annuals are WAYYY overpriced!! We do alot of our plant shopping at Prairie Gardens & Greenhouses...just north of Bon Accord ( North on 97st to hiway 28..20 min out of city limits). They have good selection and reasonable prices. Mostly plant educated staff. Their hanging baskets are beautiful. They occasionally will have a fungus gnat problem tho. Their worth dropping into!!


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: JoanneS
Zone: 3a
Date: 30-Aug-01 12:34 PM EST

Oooh, I had a horrible experience at Natures Everblooming in Edmonton. Two of us in line, one cashier. Lady ahead of me required extensive customer service involving the cashier, checking the backroom stock, getting the manager to okay something, etc. I had no problem with waiting patiently for my turn as I really wasn't in that much of a hurry and the other lady was ahead of me, after all. However, after waiting in excess of 10 minutes, holding my purchases, cashier number 2 arrives. Is told by number 1, great I've been waiting for you, just as two more people arrive behind me in line. Cashier 2 says to the air, can I help someone here. I make a move, but short of elbowing and pushing, I would have been 3rd. When my turn finally arrives, cashier number 1 is surprised I'm angry. I told her, she knew how long I'd been waiting and she should have said something to cashier 2 about helping me first. Got the standard, oh I'm so sorry, but I said if that ever happened to me again, I would never shop there again. Drove over to Apache Seed and found the same stock, cheaper. Lesson learned on my part.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Paul Breese
Zone: 6b
Date: 31-Aug-01 01:10 AM EST

For all the folks in the lowermain land of B.C. the best is Cedar Rim Nursery located in Langley. They have the largest selection of plants, trees and perennials I have ever seen along with many unique items they have a web site for more info www.cedarrim.com


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Trudy
Zone: 6b
Date: 31-Aug-01 01:32 PM EST

I was originally from Edmonton and I was an avid gardener. I have just this to say.... Bonnie Doon Green House and Allens were singlely the best for offering advice and help with my gardening needs. My Mom and Dad still go there (Bonnie Doon only, Allens has closed down) as the staff are very knowledgeable. Here in Balfour (35 Km east of Nelson on Kootenay Lake)we have a gal starting out called the Gardeners Daughter.... She is helpful and will look into something if she doesn't know. Georama Growers have become too big and just don't care anymore. Farmers Supply is helpful if they know the answer otherwise they shrug you off to someone else. Surprisingly enough I found the Walmart person this year was extremely helpful and knowledgable. That's all for now folks.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: becky lemay
Zone: 3a
Date: 03-Sep-01 03:07 PM EST

I live in Sherwood Park Greenland is my favorite place to shop summer and winter. It is family owned and they go out of their way help solve problems. Several courses are offered on the how to's of planting bulbs, winter clean up, etc. Really worth while.

I like Ellersie for their often unusual plants and they have a great gift shop all year.

A hidden gem for anuuals is Country Roads off Wye and RR251. They have great prices and the heathiest annuals I have ever purchased.

Thanks for the tip about Apache...never been there but on my visit list next sprint.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Shelley
Zone: 6b
Date: 24-Jun-03 10:53 AM EST

Looks like it's been awhile since garden centres have been rated here - I just wanted to put in a plug for one of my favourite local nurseries in Maple Ridge, BC. Trice Farms is small, but very good prices and they have a good selection of pond and water garden plants and fish. Friendly and helpful too.

The Perennial Gardens in Maple Ridge is a great place to visit if you can and they have a huge selection. A little expensive though...

Can anyone suggest any other good pond plant and koi nurseries in the Vancouver/Lower Mainland area?


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Shelley
Zone: 6b
Date: 24-Jun-03 10:54 AM EST

Looks like it's been awhile since garden centres have been rated here - I just wanted to put in a plug for one of my favourite local nurseries in Maple Ridge, BC. Trice Farms is small, but very good prices and they have a good selection of pond and water garden plants and fish. Friendly and helpful too.

The Perennial Gardens in Maple Ridge is a great place to visit if you can and they have a huge selection. A little expensive though...

Can anyone suggest any other good pond plant and koi nurseries in the Vancouver/Lower Mainland area?


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: ana (analened1@excite.com)
Zone: 6a
Date: 24-Jun-03 12:20 PM EST

Hi, I live in Toronto. I created my garden 4 years ago and have been to many,many garden centres. I have found that Loblaws has good stock with an incredible 2 year guarantee on perennials, shrubs, trees and vines. The Canadian Tire on St. Claire has a very good buyer. They have unusual native species there for reasonable prices. ( had european ginger for 2.99 compared to 5.99 and up at other garden centres) Plant world is good but tends to be pricey esp. with those perennials that are currently hot. Fiesta Farms on Christie is great for unusual plants but in the last couple of years they have begun to get a wee bit greedy--raising their prices, knowlegeable if a bit snooty staff. My favourite place for shrubs is Vineland Nurseries run by Jim and Simone Lounsbery. ++++ friendly and knowlegable and PATIENT helped me so much in establishing my garden. Terra Greenhouses is also good esp the one on Derry. They have a good sale on shrubs starting end of June 50% off to start and getting more discounted as summer wears on.Esp. good for standards. Humber Nurseries are good for roses but some of their stock is so overpriced compared to other nurseries it is scary.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Greg
Zone: 6a
Date: 24-Jun-03 02:18 PM EST

I'm also in Toronto, but in the east end. I have to admit to falling prey to the prices and selection at Loblaws. However, for some items you need a "real" garden centre. I would highly recommend Bill's Garden Centre on Pape Ave. north of the Danforth. Good selection, very knowlegeable staff. If they don't have what you want they will even special order plants for you.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: KW
Zone:
Date: 24-Jun-03 02:53 PM EST

I went to Apache Seed the first time a few weeks ago, it was about 5 to 6PM. I spent more than half an hour browing thru their book collections. I could see no other customers inside the store at the time I took my selections to the cashier, except staff chatting about the weather. On the way out, ensuring the door is closed, I noticed that the store is supposed to be closed at 6:00pm! Excellent customer service, Apache Seed.


Subject: RE: rate garden centres
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 27-Jun-03 10:26 PM EST

Iris, I tried the web site you gave for Bud's garden centre, www.budsgarden.com it doesn't work, I searched for all the garden centres in ontario, none are called buds in Toronto, or close, like Mississauga, etc. I go to T.O. often and would like to check it out, just give us an address. Thanks, Carol


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