Over Three Generations of Horticultural Experience.

Owners Rick and Colleen Emmons enjoy working with family members to keep the business running smoothly.

Their love for plant cultivation was inspired by their parents, Joan and Marshall Emmons, who had taken over Marshall’s father’s greenhouse business. Frequent weekend trips to visit relatives in Severn Bridge brought back childhood memories for Marshall and Joan. Marshall had vacationed at his father’s cottage in Sprucedale as a child, while Joan spent part of her childhood living in Wasdell Falls, near Washago. As the family once again fell in love with Muskoka’s magic, they decided to start a small greenhouse business near Windermere. Initially, by doing local planting jobs, the Emmons family began buying and growing plants in two small greenhouses.

Today, 39 years later, their garden centre has grown to 45 plus staff members, two landscaping crews, three garden maintenance crews, two annual planting crews and one barging crew, all of which operate out of the largest indoor garden centre in Muskoka. The nursery features 15 greenhouses, a garden accessories store, and rows upon rows of vibrantly coloured perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs and custom-designed planters.

“Whether it’s plants or garden accessories, we always try to offer unique products that no one else has,” says Rick. “Just open any magazine featuring Muskoka cottages and there we are… our plants, our custom planters and our custom landscape design.”
“We are just one street off the main street,” says Colleen, “For customers to make the trip out here, we have to offer unique plants they can’t get elsewhere – it’s worth the drive!”

Over the years, the business has grown to offer delivery by cube van, boat or barge as well as by mini van or pick up truck. The company’s landscape construction crews design beautiful landscapes with natural Muskoka granite flagstone patios, paths and stone step staircases interspersed with perennial and shrub plantings. The annual planting crews add splashes of colour to ground beds and planters everywhere, which keeps their maintenance crews hopping all season long. Despite its changes over the years, the garden centre’s small-town, country charm and family-oriented service are still the company’s top priority. Because of this, loyal customers who first visited when the nursery opened in 1976 still return year after year.

“Gardening Is at the Heart of Windermere!”

Our Humble Beginnings… to Windermere TODAY!

Windermere, 1976
Windermere in 1976…
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To Windermere today!
Windermere TOO, 2010
Windermere Garden TOO, 2009
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We’ve come a long way!!