Harper's Gar­den Cen­tre

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - Contents - By Heather Klein

Spring is here and we are all ex­cited to get out into our gar­dens and start plant­ing. Whether you’re a sea­soned gar­dener or a con­fused first-timer, Harpers Gar­den Cen­tre can help your gar­den to thrive and if your gar­den looks good, the gar­den cen­tre looks good! Many of their staff have been there for years, so help­ful gar­den­ing ad­vice is at your fin­ger­tips from the mo­ment you ar­rive.

2018 is a spe­cial year for Harper’s Gar­den Cen­tre as they are cel­e­brat­ing 70 years in busi­ness. What started as a small farm when Bruce Harper re­turned from the Sec­ond World War, quickly grew from a home for an­i­mals and pro­duce to a small sea­sonal gar­den cen­tre. It wasn’t long be­fore the Harpers be­came known for their qual­ity prod­ucts and ser­vices. Even­tu­ally their chil­dren took over and ran the busi­ness for the next 40 years. In 2016 with the re­tire­ment of the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of Harpers, a new fam­ily took over. The Si­mone fam­ily were raised in the gar­den cen­tre in­dus­try and fell in love with Harper’s Gar­den Cen­tre the mo­ment they saw it. They rec­og­nized the Harper fam­ily had cre­ated a legacy that has been main­tained for decades and they are de­ter­mined to con­tinue it.

Harper’s is well known for their in­cred­i­ble se­lec­tion of qual­ity plants and pur­chase the ma­jor­ity of them lo­cally in an ef­fort op­er­ate as a re­spon­si­ble and sus­tain­able busi­ness. Harper’s has much more to of­fer though as the gar­den cen­tre has be­come a des­ti­na­tion spot where you can travel for a com­plete ex­pe­ri­ence. Dis­cover unique trea­sures for your gar­den or re­lax and un­wind with a cof­fee and a donut in the cozy café. Dur­ing the hol­i­days Harper’s also of­fers work­shops and have a huge mar­ket set up with lo­cal ven­dors for hol­i­day shop­ping.

Whether you go for the nat­u­ral ap­proach or want to achieve a more modern look, you can com­plete your land­scape vi­sion in Harper’s ex­ten­sive stone yard. And take a walk through their in­cred­i­ble col­lec­tion of wa­ter

fea­tures that will make your gar­den an oa­sis of tran­quil­ity. With ex­perts to help ev­ery step of the way, your end re­sult will be sec­ond to none.

Of course, land­scap­ing is a huge part of the gar­den ex­pe­ri­ence and Harper’s now of­fers an ex­ten­sive land­scape di­vi­sion with ex­perts to help you de­sign your dream. Cre­ate amaz­ing night­time ambiance with light­ing or add an ar­bour to your pa­tio for some much needed shade in the hot sum­mer months. Ponds and wa­ter­falls can turn any back­yard into a re­lax­ing re­treat, and who wouldn’t en­joy a handy out­door kitchen for sum­mer­time en­ter­tain­ing? From poolscap­ing to softscap­ing, your yard will be trans­formed into a show piece that will keep your neigh­bours talk­ing for a long time!

A green­house burst­ing with life.

An aerial view of Harper's Gar­den Cen­tre.

The green­house is burst­ing with life. This late spring, it's a haven for gar­den hun­gry shop­pers.

What bet­ter place to grab a hot drink or a bite to eat?

Colour­ful rud­beckia blos­som.

A fleshy suc­cu­lent.

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