Business Profile

Grant and Dorothy started Connaught Nursery in 1982 with a 20 x 50 greenhouse to provide bedding plants for the local market. From these humble beginnings the business has grown to 14,000 square feet of greenhouses, a retail shop and organic market gardens.

From these greenhouses they now offer cucumbers and tomatoes starting in early May, raspberries in June and peaches in July. The peach greenhouse production is unique in Canada.

Spring bedding transplants of flowers, herbs and vegetables are still a mainstay and a mix of old favorite varieties and new introductions are available each year. Another of their specialties is custom designed containers and baskets which can be selected ready made or designed to accommodate a customers own container. "Quality" is what first comes to mind when describing their plants and baskets.

Field vegetable production is rotated between three gardens and includes such specialties as sweet potato, garlic and fingerling potatoes along with the more traditional peppers, carrots, leeks, onions, beets, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, kale, beans, squash, tomatoes, zucchini, radish, parsnip, melons, spinach, eggplant and arugula.

Lisianthus, one of the most beautiful and long-lasting cut flowers, is available in bouquets from mid-summer till frost. Grapes, blueberries and apples are available in season.

Many adaptations and innovations have been made throughout the years. A solar greenhouse built in the early 1980s demonstrated how to lessen energy consumption with minimum capital investment. Use of beneficial insects for pest control, direct marketing of their crops and an economically and environmentally sustainable management approach to the family farm were adopted long before they became fashionable.

Their most recent addition has been the development of a native plant botanic garden

Most of all, Grant and Dorothy enjoy producing a wide range of products and then selling them directly to people who care how and where their food is produced and how fresh and flavorful it is.