Decorating & Design

May 11, 2010

Greenhouses Go Green

As Michael wrote in his blog yesterday, last week we went road trippin’ to Beamsville, Ontario to visit a couple of nurseries who grow plants for President’s Choice. Not only were we blown away by all of the beautiful flowers, but also the integrity of these nurseries and the steps they take to be as eco-friendly as possible.

Photo Blog May 11 Greenhouses Flowers

As you can imagine, it takes a lot of water to keep these plants growing, and you may expect that to be a huge strain on the local water supply. Well, that’s not the case at Linwell Gardens. All of their water is from rainwater, collected throughout the year and stored under the building in concrete containers — how cool is that!?

Photo Blog May 11 Greenhouses Pots

Another successful initiative of Linwell Gardens and Loblaws is their recycling program. I don’t know how many plastic flower flats I’ve tossed in my time, but that will now be a thing of the past. Starting back in 2008, you could return your President’s Choice flower pots to any PC store and they would recycle them for you. This year, they improved the program even more and now you can bring in essentially any plastic plant containers to recycle. They use a closed-loop system where old pots are melted down and made into new pots. Cool!

Photo Blog May 11 Greenhouses Packed Recycle

Pots from the stores are compressed and put on flats, so that more can be transported at once —  another initiative to save energy.

Photo Blog May 11 Greenhouses Coco Fibre Pots

Also on the pot-front are these new coco fibre pots. Transport them home, then plant them directly into the soil. The plant roots grow through the coco fibres, and in a couple of months, the fibres are completely broken down in the ground. Sounds like easy gardening to me!

Photo Blog May 11 Greenhouses Flowers Hanging Baskets

Oh, to be back in Beamsville enjoying all the beautiful flowers! I will leave you with one last greenhouse shot. Hopefully this will inspire you to get into your gardens and get planting!

For more garden inspiration, check out our Gorgeous Gardens photo gallery.

Photo credits:
Stephanie White