|A sea of Bromelliads in bloom at Valleyview Gardens|
I have a new love. Where have you been all my life, Valleyview Gardens? We at Toronto Gardens have been bemoaning the lack of a really good, full-service garden nursery in the east end of the city for years. Long ago we lost White Rose nurseries which wasn’t perfect, but it was convenient. We were sad when Reeves Nursery came, and went. We have much love for East of Eliza and the East End Garden Centre, which are both excellent, but small. But in the growing season, we normally make trips to the excellent Humber Nurseries and Fiesta Gardens in the west end for our special garden purchases.
I just found out about Valleyview’s existence from a Facebook acquaintance. A large, well recommended nursery in Toronto I didn’t know about??? (For shame) A Google search told me it’s located on Kennedy road north of Finch, so I took a trip out there one rainy, cold winter day and what a delight! Huge greenhouse rooms that go on forever, full of healthy tropical and exotic specimens. Massive tropical, vining, and succulent plants in all varieties, all well taken care of, many tree-size. Looking for a huge ficus benjamina for your office or living room? Valleyview is the place to go. And they also sell smaller pots of many of the same. I marvelled at a huge bench of large, robust looking Jade plants in six inch pots, for around twelve dollars each. I was amazed at the reasonable prices. (No, Valleyview is not paying me to say this!)
Family operated and owned since 1970, Valleyview encompasses close to five acres of working land, including 45,000 sq ft
of covered greenhouses and is among the biggest and most varied in the
Another of their specialties are potted citrus trees, in a myriad varieties. All different sorts of oranges, lemons, grapefruit. Walking through the trees full of blossoms and fruit was a fragrant delight on that grey day.
This is their winter incarnation. In the growing season, they are a full-service nursery who can source just about anything you want, according to my Facebook contact.
I walked out of there with a blue-green echeveria, a dracena and some insecticidal soap. I wanted to buy more. I will be back.