Welcome to Pick Ontario!

The reasons are clear why Ontario-grown cut flowers and potted plants are the preferred choice. From the greenhouse to the store in no time at all, when you support our province's farmers and Pick Ontario, You are assured the freshest product available.

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Flower of the Month

Poinsettia Tree (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Poinsettia Tree (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

All the easy care and fabulous color of standard Poinsettias groomed into a lovely tree form. A great twist on traditional holiday decorating and a wonderful gift idea for gardening friends who appreciate novel plants. A welcome splash of color to warm the winter season.

Grower of the Month

H. Alkema Greenhouses

H. Alkema Greenhouses

Company History: In 1961, the Alkema family realized their dream of establishing a flower business here in Canada. A grower from Harlingen, The Netherlands, Hendrick Alkema worked diligently to provide customers with quality plants, excellent service and an old-world grower’s touch. The original business was located in Burlington, Ontario, but moved later to its current location in Grimsby in 1972. As the business has passed through the generations - to his son Clarence and now onto his grandchildren - Henrick’s legacy still carries on today. The same passion for growing and dedication…

What is Pick Ontario?

pickOntario is a marketing campaign to help raise awareness, interest and demand for Ontario-grown cut flowers and potted plants. The first campaign was launched in the year of 2007 at the Grocery Innovations Show in Toronto. Over the past few years, pickOntario has grown into a recognizable brand with participation from many growers and stores. pickOntario’s continuous goal is to remind people that there are locally grown flowers in Ontario.


Ontario boosting "locally grown" promotion
November 25th, 2014 - Canadian Garden Centre

Provincial floriculture gets marketing boost
November 24th, 2014 - Thorold Niagara News

Provincial floriculture gets marketing boost 0
November 24th, 2014 - Niagara Falls Review

Growing Ontario's Floriculture Industry
November 24th, 2014 - Newsroom - Ontario.ca

Nov. 21 – OMAFRA Connects
November 21st, 2014 - Blackburn News

Pourquoi ne pas venir en Chine explorer de nouvelles possibilités ? | Le Lézard
November 21st, 2014 - Le Lézard

Global Fungicides Market 2014-2018
November 20th, 2014 - Le Lezard

Vineland hosting major poinsettia open house
November 18th, 2014 - Canadian Garden Centre

Harper Government Supports Canada`s Horticulture Sector
November 14th, 2014 - Farms.com

Harper Government Supports Canada's Horticulture Sector
November 13th, 2014 - Secure - GlobeAdvisor.com

Le gouvernement Harper investit dans le secteur horticole du Canada | Le Lézard
November 13th, 2014 - Le Lézard

CAHRC research identifies worker roles and skills needed on farms
November 13th, 2014 - AgAnnex

Visual TruView from Fluke Networks Helps FloraHolland Auction Billions of Flowers and Plants Annually
November 12th, 2014 - Money

Workshop on ‘Grooming Engineers as Entrepreneurs’
November 6th, 2014 - South Asia Mail

Attending The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo: Reason 2 – Marketing And Business Management
November 5th, 2014 - Farms.com

Vibrant colours coming this spring
November 3rd, 2014 - Canadian Garden Centre

OMAFRA Connects – October 2014
October 23rd, 2014 - Blackburn News

CFL stars promote Never Alone rose at Expo
October 20th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Moet Hennessy Bets on Bubbly in China With Sparkling Winery
October 1st, 2014 - Daily Breeze

Moet debuts made-in-China bubbly
October 1st, 2014 - CTV News

French brand Moet starts selling sparkling wine in China, from its new locally grown grapes
October 1st, 2014 - Yorkton This Week

French brand Moet starts selling sparkling wine in China, from its new locally grown grapes
October 1st, 2014 - CanadianBusiness.com

Moet bets on bubbly in China with sparkling winery
October 1st, 2014 - The Chronicle Journal

Vineland in the spotlight
September 24th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Agrochemicals Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast to 2020 by Persistence Market Research
September 19th, 2014 - Digital Journal

Expo highlights the business of Holidayscaping
September 16th, 2014 - Constructionlinks.ca

Are you marketing flowers ‘Grown Near You?’
September 10th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Greenhouse Sanitation Is The First Step In Managing Pests And Pathogens
September 9th, 2014 - Farms.com

Thirty-five years of growing
September 8th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Column: Bright ideas for bulb combinations
September 5th, 2014 - Chilliwack Progress

Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell coming to the fair
August 28th, 2014 - InsideOttawaValley

Global Horticulture (2014 -2018) – Pink and Healthy
August 19th, 2014 - Money

Global Horticulture (2014 -2018) - Pink and Healthy
August 19th, 2014 - Le Lezard

Craft fair celebrates 40th annual event
August 14th, 2014 - Alberni Valley Times

Wells Fargo Plans for Growth in $16-Billion Horticulture Industry
August 13th, 2014 - Stockhouse

Navan Fair blessed with perfect weather, large crowds
August 9th, 2014 - Orleans Online

Buckeye State’s Agriculture In A Nutshell
August 8th, 2014 - Farms.com

VIP tour of International Horticultural Expo
August 5th, 2014 - Canadian Garden Centre

Highlights: Census Of Agriculture, A Closer Look.
July 31st, 2014 - Farms.com

Highlights Of The 2012 Census Of Agriculture: A Closer Look At Farm Size
July 31st, 2014 - Farms.com

Registration for the 15th Anniversary Edition of Garden & Floral Expo Opens August 1
July 25th, 2014 - Constructionlinks.ca

Global Micronutrients Market is Expected to Reach USD 7.59 Billion in 2020: Transparency Market Research
July 23rd, 2014 - Le Lezard

Agricultural trade appears unaffected by BC carbon tax: new study
July 22nd, 2014 - University of Victoria

B.C. Farmers Unharmed by Carbon Tax: Study
July 21st, 2014 - BC Business

Maryland: America In Miniature
July 21st, 2014 - Farms.com

WinterGreen Research LED Grow Light Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2014-2020
July 16th, 2014 - Le Lezard

Two major announcements during Cultivate '14
July 15th, 2014 - Canadian Garden Centre

Two major announcements during Cultivate14
July 14th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Ready to roll
July 11th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Massachusetts Agriculture Defies National Trends
July 11th, 2014 - Farms.com

Syngenta is this year’s CGC Signature Sponsor
July 10th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Missed Grower Day this year? View the videos
July 10th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Flowers Canada Position on Pollinators
July 8th, 2014 - Farms.com

Global Markets for Biopesticides
July 7th, 2014 - Le Lezard

Fundraising drive(s) for floriculture research
July 2nd, 2014 - Canadian Garden Centre

Pesticide in Home Depot plants linked to honey bee deaths
July 2nd, 2014 - The Globe and Mail

Major threat of poinsettia
July 1st, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

A new home for fine wine?
July 1st, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Fungicides Market by Type (Benzimidazoles, Dithiocarbamates, Phenylamides, Chloronitriles, Strobilurins, Triazoles,), by CROP Type (Cereals & Grains, Oilseeds & Pulses, Fruits & Vegetables), & by Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019
June 30th, 2014 - GlobeAdvisor.com

Fundraising drive(s) for floriculture research
June 29th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Turning Skyscrapers Into Centers For Crop Production
June 26th, 2014 - TD Waterhouse - Markets & Research

Turning Skyscrapers Into Centers for Crop Production
June 26th, 2014 - Morningstar

The Marilyn Denis Show | AtHome | Home Décor All Grown Up
June 26th, 2014 - The Marilyn Denis Show

Global Road Transport Refrigeration Equipment Industry
June 26th, 2014 - GlobeAdvisor.com

I.C. Flower
June 25th, 2014 - TheRecord.com

Design Matters : Chosen Theme for Landscape Ontario's Garden & Floral 15th Anniversary
June 25th, 2014 - Constructionlinks.ca

International Floriculture Expo 2014 Hosts 113+ High Volume Buyers
June 23rd, 2014 - Digital Journal

TMT Resources to Pursue Opportunities in the Indoor Grow Industry
June 23rd, 2014 - Resource World Magazine

Pan Global, Corp. Commences Design Phase for Planned Hydroponic Greenhouse in Northern India
June 23rd, 2014 - Resource World Magazine

Poinsettias, impatiens in Grower Day spotlight
June 19th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Have you registered yet for Wednesday's Grower Day?
June 16th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Profiling the latest in greenhouse robotics
June 12th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Kathy Hession of Roundy's Supermarkets Recipient of 2014 Flower Naming Honor, "Gerbera Kathy"
June 11th, 2014 - Digital Journal

Greenhouse Canada Grower Day only a week away
June 11th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Ian Prosser Named 2014 Iron Designer at 7th Annual Iron Designer Competition
June 10th, 2014 - Digital Journal

International Floriculture Expo Hosts More Than 200 Exhibitors for the 2014 Event
June 10th, 2014 - Digital Journal

Are your plants barely surviving or really thriving?
June 6th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Reviewing options if no patience with impatiens?
June 5th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

International Floriculture Expo Exhibitors to Offer a Variety of Show Specials at the 2014 Event
June 4th, 2014 - Digital Journal

New executive at Investment Agriculture Foundation
June 3rd, 2014 - AgAnnex

Covering the growing base
June 2nd, 2014 - NiagaraThisWeek.com

Growing interest in Grower Day trade show
June 2nd, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Landscape Alberta names new executive director
May 30th, 2014 - Turf & Recreation

7th Annual Iron Designer Competition to Feature Award Winning Floral Designers
May 30th, 2014 - Digital Journal

International Floriculture Expo to Co-locate With United Fresh in 2015 and 2016 in Chicago
May 29th, 2014 - Digital Journal

Grower Day topic will help make sense of your dollars
May 26th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Profit-building sessions at Grower Day on June 18
May 22nd, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Michigan growers again hosting Plant Tour
May 21st, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Don’t delay: register today for Grower Day
May 16th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Grower Day returns to Brantford
May 16th, 2014 - Canadian Garden Centre

Programs and Services Innovative Risk Management Program a First for Ontario's Greenhouse Flower Growers
May 15th, 2014 - Eastern Ontario AgriNews

Grower Day returns to Brantford on June 18
May 14th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Des floraisons colombiennes magnifiques exposées à Vancouver
May 14th, 2014 - CNW Telbec (FR)

Greenhouse Canada Grower Day 2014 coming soon
May 13th, 2014 - AgAnnex

AG Notes
May 8th, 2014 - The Western Producer

Gerbera: mottling and necrotic spotting (e-GRO Alert)
May 8th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

GreenTech visitors can check latest veg varieties
May 8th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Chairwoman Stabenow Conducts Hearing to Examine USDA’s Ongoing Implementation of 2014 Farm Bill
May 8th, 2014 - Farms.com

GreenTech has water, energy and bio-based themes
May 7th, 2014 - Greenhouse Canada

Plant and Flower Growing in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld
May 6th, 2014 - Money

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