Green thumbs mean many things, including the fact that someone is an avid gardener, semisuccessful finger painter, or actually just a gecko in need of a lift to the next truck stop. Add some colour to your opposable digits with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $30 worth of free-floating water plants at Woodbridge Ponds.
The gardeners at Woodbridge Ponds grow more than 100 varieties of marginal pond plants, spread out for plantophiles’ perusal in more than 25,000 square feet of indoor growing ponds. Eyes spy a cavalcade of pond-frond life starring aqua flora such as water hyacinth, water lettuce, and water bamboo (each $2.50/plant) and more than 35 varieties of hardy and tropical water lilies ($25+ for a two-gallon basket). Direct myriad chlorophyllic questions to staff members tucked among the leaves, or grill the nursery's head grower and pond-installation expert on the current-events plant trivia. Visitors can stroll leisurely across the grounds—including the growing area, display pond, and greenhouse—or take in the stunning 2,500-square-foot water-lily house in full bloom.
Some years ago, Paul and Caroline heard rumblings about water hyacinths. Their inner horticulturalists were intrigued because these plants bloom early and combat algae, but water hyacinths were only imported from Singapore at the time and often carried invasive parasites. So, the couple resolved to grow the plants themselves and start Woodbridge Ponds, a local greenhouse specializing in safe, locally cultivated specimens.
Today, their two-pronged business consists of Echo Nurseries, a 27,000-square-foot wholesale nursery, and Woodbridge Ponds, a sprawling retail shop brimming with beautiful water lilies and pond plants, lively fish, and essential pond hardware and supplies. All of the shop’s retail plants are grown at the adjacent nursery, ensuring that no seedlings get homesick while waiting for a new owner. Their friendly team of loyal local women helps visitors navigate hundreds of available plants, which gussy up large ponds and simple birdbaths alike.
3387 Tolmie Rd.
Abbotsford, British Columbia V3G 2T9