To all our nursery guests,
We are extremely excited and proud to be in our 100th year of conducting business in Canada! One hundred years is a major milestone with any company. We have survived two world wars, the great depression of the 1930’s as well as numerous other world conflicts and several recessions.
This speaks to the amazing involvement of the thousands of staff members who have contributed to our success. Our founders, Lorrie and Howard Dunington-Grubb, had a vision of starting a plant nursery in Canada as well as growing a thriving landscape architectural practice. They hired my grandfather to make the vision of the nursery become a reality. He hired skilled nursery workers from overseas who in turn trained others who came to work in the ever-expanding company.
In the mid 1920’s our first “sales station” opened to the retail public. Even more skilled people were required. Before the Second World war, most employees were from Europe including Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In the early 1940’s, we hired Japanese Canadian workers who had been interred as security risks during the war.
Thereafter, we hired Portuguese, Jamaican and Mexican workers as well as a strong contingent of “new” and native Canadians. Together this vast array of people along with my father, uncles and aunt built this company into what it is today. We have never lost the vision of providing top quality plants and services to the nursery and landscape industry. We have one of the largest nurseries in Canada as well as being the largest independent garden centre chain in Canada.
Lorrie and Howard created a catalogue in the very first years of business and always wanted it to be informative as well as artistic in design. Our 100th anniversary edition Garden Guide continues in that tradition. It is the largest and most informative we have ever printed. Please make sure to pick up your copy today. Our “plant finder” featuring over 2400 varieties of hardy plants with photos and detailed descriptions.
Over the years, Sheridan Nurseries has been recognized with over 60 industry awards including our first at the 1919 Canadian National Exhibition, in 1998 as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and in early 2012 we were named Canada’s Grower of the Year by Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association. Subsequently in the fall of 2012, we were honoured with the prestigious recognition as International Grower of the Year by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). We strive to continue to be an award-winning company to offer you the best in product and services so your business can be successful.
We hope you will join us in one of the many celebrations we have planned in 2013. The next time you speak with one of our sales team members congratulate them for a job well done. They are the Sheridan that you have come to know and trust for all your nursery and landscaping needs.