Without plants, humankind would have to store its exhaled carbon dioxide in hope chests and safety deposit boxes. Breathe easier with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of plants at Budd Gardens Perennials in Blackburn Hamlet.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Budd Gardens Perennials has purveyed plants through three generations. Brothers and current proprietors Don and David Budd, whose grandparents founded the business shortly after emigrating from the Ukraine, offer a vast array of flora, but they specialize in hostas, East Asian photosynthesizers with large, platter-like leaves. New-for-2011 hostas include The King ($20), boasting fat fronds with gold brushstrokes, the highlighter-yellow Appletini ($15), and the Vulcan ($17), which has pointy white leaves and understands cryptic logic. The nursery peddles a slew of other perennials as well, such as colourful daylilies ($15), daisy-like Echinacea ($14), and showy phlox ($12). At Budd Gardens, plant perusers can benefit from the experience and know-how of a dedicated, watered-daily staff willing to answer any garden-related queries.
Budd Gardens Ltd.
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.