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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

Bromeliad / Guzmania

Bromeliad / Guzmania

Scientifically Bromeliads come from broad range of genus with wide ranging habits and sizes. In the houseplant category, Bromeliad usually refers to plants that seem to grow on air, clinging to rocky surfaces or bits of moss and wood. These types need good air circulation and warm…

Grower of the Month

Colourful Gardens Ltd.

Colourful Gardens Ltd.

Clen and Angelle van Kleef have been growing Hibiscus since 1988. They met at university where they were studying horticulture and food technology. After working for government and private companies they decided to start their own greenhouse business. In that period their 2 children, Mats and Estelle, were born. What started out as a trial year, has now resulted in 23 years of working together. Colourful Gardens started out as a 2 acre greenhouse in Poeldijk, the Netherlands. After 5 years, they moved to a 3 acre greenhouse in Honselersdijk. In 1999, the van Kleefs moved to Simcoe, Ontario…

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.

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