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Long time Calgarians know there has been a garden centre in this location since...
In 20 years, we have made a family here. We have staff that actually have been here much longer than 20 years and we thank them for their years of dedication to gardening and to greengate. We have also of course had many staff members come and go over the years and it’s great to see them when they stop in for a visit and we thank them too.
We have always tried to do our part for our community both by donations, sponsor- ships, and the environment. This is the one thing that hasn’t changed in our 20 years here. We have donated $100,000’s in plants to those who can use them most. We have been a partner with the Calgary Horticultural Society for over a decade and we support them with not only product but dollars, so they can better service Calgarians. Without question, we would never have been able to do all that without your support. Give yourself a
pat on the back.
By supporting greengate Garden Centres you have in turn supported your own community!
We are proud of what we have done in 20 years and we thank all of our customers for making it happen.
We can’t wait for you to come in and see us and we trust you will have a wonderful 2017 gardening season.
forever.
What they may not know is that today it is a family run business that was purchased way back in 1997. Its hard to believe that 20 years have gone by. 20 years ago, the garden centre was operated on just about 3.5 acres. It was actually kind of a pain in the butt for our loyal customers who would brave a spring day and traffic jam just to find a place to park. greengate staff were literally on traffic control and parking duty as we had very little space for those busy spring days. We realized that it was time to get it under control and we parceled together some city and province land and built state of the art Cravo greenhouses which became the greengate Garden Centres you know today.
Certainly, it was challenging in the beginning with mud holes and no where to hide annuals from bitter cold spring nights. Every day we would come in and uncover tender annuals, perennials and sometimes trees and shrubs and every night we would cover them back up. Unloading tree trucks was always a challenge. We didn’t have a dock leveler, so each tree was hand lifted out of the truck and to the ground. Then moved again into our tiny tree lot. We’re happy that we don’t have to go back to the good old days!
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