How plants get ready for spring’s big shop

Clematis in containers at Sheridan Nurseries

Behind the (colourful) scenes at Sheridan Nurseries

We sneak peeks “behind the scenes” on everything from Canada’s covert commandos to Kate’s latest meet-n-greet (with Wills and baby George in tow), so I thought the time was right–just before the spring plant-buying frenzy–to delve into the mysterious world of commercial garden nurseries. Was I going to find adorable sprouts? Exotic aliens (gardener-speak for a plant that’s not native)? Burgeoning greenness and colours run wild?

Yeah. I did. And more.

Let me backtrack a bit. To get the story behind how a nursery gears up for the crazy-time known as spring gardening I called up Sheridan Nurseries, the Canadian company now forging into its second century and winners of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association Grower of the Year award for 2012 and 2013. I asked them where do all those amazing plants come from and why do they look the way they do. They kindly offered me a private tour of some of their propagation facilities (they farm over 930 acres in Southern Ontario) and a container farm near Norval recently.

Here’s the dirt and the details. To start the slideshow with story, click on the top left corner photo as seen below.


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