With his characteristic penchant for making things blossom, Chris Urquhart has grown his one-truck operation into one of the area's largest independent lawn-care providers. Green Unlimited's friendly staff of grass-tenders dutifully exiles weeds and feeds soil. In the off-season, they sharpen their skills by attending conferences, sitting in on seminars, and eavesdropping on the giggled conversations of trees at slumber parties. The company's arsenal of all-organic lawn-care tools fosters healthy growth and removes unwanted weeds through natural additives.
For nearly 80 years, Gemmell's Garden Centre has fortified and ornamented lawns with plants, garden decor, and accessories. Undernourished noses can feast on the fruits of Gemmell's 24 lush greenhouses, where more than 48 combinations of colourful, fragrant Victorian hanging baskets ($39.95) originate. Customers can conceal a lawn’s bald spots with photosynthesizing toupees such as vegetable plants, including more than 30 varieties of plump tomatoes ($1.99–$4.29). Trees and shrubs ($10+), meanwhile, lavish lawns with a leafy canopy in the summer and shelter for hibernating garden gnomes in the winter. The nursery’s friendly, knowledgeable staff provides helpful advice on gardening and landscape design, gladly assisting customers in selecting plants for filling flower beds, pots, or piñatas.
The Amish Store deals in handcrafted wood furniture and accessories built in the United States by Amish communities of Indiana and Ohio for every room, nook, and cranny of the home. Add dimension to dwellings with an extensive selection of stock and made-to-order items, such as large wooden mixing bowls ($72.13) and multistriped cutting boards ($89.38). Keepsakes stay safe in a musical jewellery box ($94.08), and treasured reads and vintage LPs find a rent-controlled home on rustic hickory bookshelves ($555.02+ for three-shelf units). The heirloom-worthy Laurel Victorian bed ($1,109.27/queen) comfortably frames dreams about being framed in traditional spindling and a single bow design. Every piece can be customized with a variety of woods and stains, including hickory, cherry, maple, and quarter-sawn white oak, and furnishings can be fitted with fabrics and leathers (prices vary with fabric, leather, stain and wood options).
Oziles' rental watercrafts exemplify the outfitter’s mission to empower Ottawans to explore and conserve their surrounding waterways. A fleet of canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats let guests power their own adventures in the water, complete with safety equipment. The tackle shop is fully stocked with everything necessary for fishing, from equipment for your rental boat to refreshments and snacks to enjoy once you return.
Perhaps Budd Gardens Ltd.’ story begins back in the fields of Ukraine, when a young Peter Bodnaryk lost his father to a lightning strike, leaving him an orphan to be raised by his village. Or perhaps the story begins when, years later and at the urging of a poster inviting Ukrainians to Canada, Peter sold his small plot of land and hopped a boat to Quebec City. Regardless of where the seed of Budd Gardens Ltd. was planted, the true story began to unfold in Ottawa in 1913. It was then that Peter—having shortened his surname to Budd—met his wife Theresa, and the two joined forces to found a business that would end up thriving through most of the 1900s and into the new millennium.
More than a century has passed since these events unfurled, and Peter and Theresa’s hard work and passion for gardening has been lovingly tended to and passed down through the Budd family, resting now with their grandsons, Don and David. The brothers immersed themselves in the business early on, piloting tractors around the farm at the tender age of 10, working each summer in the greenhouse, and selling the farm’s bounty at local markets. Today, the pair works tirelessly to maintain the same values of uncompromising attention to detail and customer service that were set forth by their grandparents decades ago.
Budd Gardens Ltd.'s close-knit staff—comprised of family members and seasoned veterans who return to the gardens year after year—takes their work seriously, bustling about the sprawling farm to coax vibrant blooms and verdant plants forth from the soil. The knowledgeable team remains on hand throughout the day, offering up their horticultural prowess to help visitors choose suitable plants for their home gardens and to dole out advice, such as when to plant what or how to quash lawn-gnome uprisings. Though they are purveyors of numerous plants, including hardy field-grown perennials, their signature flora remains hostas, which, because they are sold in their juvenile stage, promise to yield years of greenery.
Wicker Emporium’s product buyers scour lands near and far to find elegant home accents for their customers. The practice of travelling to different countries began more than 35 years ago, when the company’s heads joined the crew of a pirate ship to pay off a gambling debt. Today, in 20 stores across Atlantic Canada and Ontario, customers can still browse pillows, quilts, mirrors, outdoor accessories, and shelves imported from local manufacturers and international crafters.