Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2016 Regional Award Winner

Northend Gardens 1991 Inc.

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MPP Jim Bradley, Ted and Carrie Oorsprong

MPP Jim Bradley, Ted and Carrie Oorsprong

While visiting family in the Netherlands, the owner of Northend Gardens discovered Medinilla Magnifica, a pink cascading flower unknown in Canada and the United States. After acquiring the exclusive rights for North American distribution in 2010, Northend Gardens set out to adapt these tropical blooms to Ontario's growing conditions. They soon found out that the flowers required a very specific light, water and temperature regime as well as a precise growing schedule. With the help of a team of researchers and consultants, 60,000 plants were successfully produced in 2011 and by 2016, annual production hit nearly 100,000. With no shortage of customers, Northend Gardens has staked out a high-end niche, selling their medinillas wholesale for $10 to $17 per plant.

 


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