1979- Amsterdam Greenhouses and Garden Centre’s land was purchased as an open field in 1979 by founders, Lidy and Ron Kok. At this time the family home was built, followed by the construction of the first poly greenhouse. Over the years, more greenhouses were built for wholesale bedding plant production.
1982- A section of the greenhouse space was converted into retail garden centre space in order to accommodate the demand from the community for a place to buy quality plants.
1984- In order to appease the growing demand for a retail garden centre, Lidy and Ron decided to build a dedicated garden centre structure. Over the years they successfully became a destination for quality plants and garden products, as well as becoming known for their superior customer service.
2016 - Over the past 37 years, Amsterdam Greenhouses and Garden Centre has become both a complete, year-round garden centre as well as a wholesale producer of quality plants. They pride themselves in their exceptional customer service and wide range of high quality, home-grown and local products. The Kok family and their employees work hard to make sure that their customers are successful at gardening by offering seminars, workshops and events for all ages and all types of gardeners. Everyone is welcome!
A COLLECTION OF SENTIMENTAL PHOTOS OF OUR FAMILY & FARM FROM YEARS GONE By:
1980- Winter is a busy time of year for us in our greenhouses as we prepare for the coming Spring!
This is a photo of Jennifer helping Mom (Lidy) with transplanting cactus seedlings.
Jenifer is using a pencil to pick out the fragile little plants. She passed each cactus plant to Mom so that she could plant them into another container. We don't grow cacti from seed anymore. Instead we focus on growing quality Bedding Plants, Hanging Baskets, and Vegetables in the Spring!
1980- In these old photos, Jennifer is helping Mom (Lidy) paint our newly constructed "2nd greenhouse".As kids, growing up on the farm, there was always something to help out with!This was an exciting time for us as our young business was expanding to allow us to grow more plants for the local demand. smile emoticon
1984- It is winter, and our brand-new glass greenhouse receives its first snowfall!
Young Jason and Jennifer take this opportunity to enjoy the snow on plastic skis!
1986- Our home-grown Begonias were blooming, and Ron was busy packing them for a special order!
We have a great selection of Begonias available in the Spring and Summer as well!
Come and check out our colourful assortment of upright, as well as trailing, varieties.
1987- Ron always enjoyed taking photos of his kids for our Garden Centre's promotional photographs!
Here, Jerome & Jason, were having fun planting tulip bulbs and pansies in our display garden! Don't you love the props?
if you are interested in viewing our a collection of sentimental photos of our family & farm from years gone by.