Thursday, 2 February 2012

Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery: A destination for fun, florals and fantastic events!

      Starting off a new year is one of beginnings, perspectives and the opportunity to shine a light on those pesky resolutions we seem to have such a difficult time committing to. Luckily, the folks at the Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery are there with their helpful and knowledgeable staff to bring some 'fresh' ideas to the table for 2012.

    Kicking off the year with their 3rd Annual Women's Show, the centre for gardening and events curated a weekend of fitness demonstrations, cooking classes, gardening advice, fashion shows, info-sessions on plastic surgery and even a special Q&A with TV personality and parenting expert, Nanny Robina

    The variety of exhibitors was incredible! With over 75 different products and services on showcase, ranging from health and wellness, to beauty, cosmetics, and food, the Women's Show was not to be missed. Over the course of the 2-day event (January 7th/8th, 2012), attendees were able to network with other like-minded businesses and women, while indulging in some of the sweet extras the event offered. Some highlights: the fabulous fashion shows put on by PIE Media Group, shortbread cookies from Sprucewood Cookies (so many different flavours!), on-site treatments from the ladies at T-Zone and even Botox from Dr. Barb at Laser Health Works. There is no doubt that event was a blast and there was no shortage of valuable information on how to make 2012 the best year possible - all while spending a great day out with your girlfriends. 

    One of the most impressive aspects of the weekend was the Garden Gallery's amazing use of their space as a multi-functional retail and event space. Having the opportunity to maneuver between the beautiful fresh flowers and plants in their greenhouses, while still enjoying all the Women's Show had to offer, was quite a treat for many people. Capitalizing on their ability to host and produce fabulous events, the Bradford Greenhouses have developed their own in-house event production company, GreenHAUS Productions. 
    Since January 2010 the events division has been catering to an increased demand for more trade show and event space north of Toronto. Their goal is to deliver relevant, successful events and provide the community with a destination for residents to find the best in what their local businesses have to offer. The first ever Women's Show (2010) was the organizations first  fabulous event, and since they have been able to include the annual Spring Home & Garden Shows, Barrie Fall Home Shows, and even a special Big Boys Big Toys Show to their production portfolio.

    With two massive locations, Bradford Greenhouses is your one-stop-shop to fulfill all of your home decor and garden needs. Featuring over 87, 000 square feet of nursery stock at their Barrie location, they can proudly boast one of Ontario's only indoor climate controlled nurseries. With thousands of varieties to choose from, the impressive selection ranges from traditional to unique to ornate. The team at the gallery guarantees you will find the right perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, or roses that best reflect your garden and sense of style.

    A family run business from the get-go, the greenhouses also have a unique history to go along with their unique brand. Bradford Greenhouses is a true Canadian success story. In 1956 Francis Ferragine immigrated to Canada from England with his wife and children. For the next four years, Francis and his family spent their time working as labourers in the Holland Marsh for local farmers. In 1961 Francis purchased the property they now call home, in Bradford, and began growing a company. By 1975 Bradfrod Greenhouses had opened a full retail operation on Hwy 11 in Bradford, Ontario and in 1993 Bradford Greenhouses open it's flagship retail store in Barrie.

    Today, Bradford Greenhouses Ltd is one of the largest greenhouse growers and retailers in central Ontario. In 1999 Francis Ferragine passed away due to illness but his legacy and his family continue to grow. One of Ontario's famous faces in the world of gardening, Frank Ferragine, aka Frankie Flowers, has been able to share his family's knowledge of the green thumb through television stations such as CityTV and as an on-air radio personality for Barrie's B101.1 radio station.

    Bradford Greenhouses hosts three fantastic different tradeshows each and every year. They include The Women's Show, Spring Garden and Home Show, and the Fall Home Show. Details on all of these events can be found by clicking on the GreenHAUS Productions link below.

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