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Perennials that will make your neighbours jealous!

Just like when we’re looking for new food products, we search the world for the hottest perennials – then we have them grown for us by great growers here in Canada! That’s why you get perennials you often can’t find elsewhere.  And the prices? They’re pretty hot, too!


Not your average lily!
This oriental lily just hit the scene. We love the intense pinkish red and the bright white edging of our President’s Choice® After Eight. You get lots of big blooms on strong stems. And lots of lilies have leaves that turn yellow, but not this one. It’s green all the way up. Offers a lovely fragrance and practically takes care of itself. Up to 20 inches high.


Pom pom cheerleader
Here’s the cousin to last year’s hit, the President’s Choice® Echinacea Pink Double Delight – new President’s Choice® Echinacea Meringue. We’re simply smitten by this newcomer! Who wouldn’t love the gorgeous pom-poms? Multiple flower stems mean a fuller look. Tons of blooms from June to October. Up to 18 inches tall.


Perfect peach
This one just keeps on giving. In spring the President’s Choice® Heuchera Georgia Peach offers huge peach-coloured leaves covered by a soft veil of white. Come midsummer you get a bouquet of pinkish-white flowers. Then in fall the peach transforms to a lovely rose purple, staying that way all winter.  This really is a “wow”, folks. Grows about 14 inches high.


Glows like stained glass
“I planted our new President’s Choice® Hosta Stained Glass in my garden to try it out and the vibrant foliage glowed like iridescent green glass all summer long,” says Peter Cantley, our Garden Centre guru. Offers large pale and fragrant lavender flowers in July and grows 14 to 16 inches high.


Oops, we ran out last year – better hurry!
It’s so beautiful, we had to feature our President’s Choice® Echinacea Pink Double Delight on the cover of last year’s Insider’s Report®. And it was such a hit that some locations sold out in hours. A great example of the new varieties of Echinacea, it bears loads of amazing pink blooms from July to September and grows to 2 feet. We think we have enough this year, but you’d better hurry!


May 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

PC® Gigantico® Hanging Baskets – Where Big Meets Beautiful!


Impossible to count the number of blooms
What could be prettier than the tiny petunia-like blooms of our President’s Choice® Calibrachoa® spilling over the sides of a hanging basket? We have so many colours you can match most colour themes. Whatever you choose, you get a bounty of  blooms and tons of vibrant colour on a well-branched plant.


Jumpin’ geranium
We have the Canada-wide exclusive on President’s Choice® Gigantico® Tex Mex Fire™ – an explosive geranium with colour that will blow you away. A bi-coloured bloom of fiery red and hot pink, it glows with bright colour all summer long. Available in single pots and hanging baskets.

Designer colour combos
Janet Rosenberg, landscape architect extraordinaire, creates our President’s Choice® Gigantico® Jumbo Hanging Baskets. She chooses the plants for each of our colour-coordinated varieties, then watches them for an entire season to ensure they grow well together. At only 2/$45, they’re an outstanding value. And keep in mind that the big pot sizes take the summer heat better!


Crazy for Calibrachoa®!
Talk about vibrant summer colour!  We’re offering four different varieties of our President’s Choice® Calibrachoa® in one hanging basket!


Sundance special
Bursting with the vibrant colours of spring, this beautiful flowering basket tranforms as the season progresses. You’ll be amazed at how you get new and exciting blooms right to the end of the season. Just beautiful on a bright, sunny porch.


Instant Glamour
Our handsome new plant stands are sized perfectly for our President’s Choice® Hanging Baskets. Just snip off the hangers and plunk them in the stand.


Willow Wow!
We’ve had our new President’s Choice® Willow Hanging Basket custom made so that our President’s Choice® plants just slip right in, pot and all. Now that’s easy.

May 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

Our PC® Gigantico® Flowers are so big, you buy less and save!

Last year we introduced President’s Choice® Super Gigantico™ Annuals – plants up to THREE TIMES THE SIZE of regular annuals. We start with varieties that are too robust for our huge President’s Choice® Gigantico® pots, and let them grow their hearts out in even bigger pots.

Our garden season is short – why waste precious time waiting for blooms?! And they’re so big, you just might buy less and save!


Electric blooms!
For dark, shady spots that need brightening, our President’s Choice® Super Gigantico™ Reiger Begonia® is your best bet. It’s so loaded with bright colourful blooms that it looks like you’ve plugged them in. Flowers all season.  Up to 12 inches in height.


Ruby red head
“Here’s a real breakthrough in geranium breeding we discovered at the California Pack Trials – North America’s showcase for new plants,” says George Alkema of Linwell Gardens.

“The President’s Choice® Super Gigantico™ Calliope Spreading Geranium™ spreads as it grows, providing you with an abundance of big dark red flowers and a huge bud count. It’s super dense so it looks great in a planter.”

Grows up to 14 inches high and 20 inches wide.


Lemon zest is best
What a big, bright, lovely flower! Our President’s Choice® Super Gigantico™ Delicious Dahlia Lemon Zest™ is aptly named because it brings some eye-opening zing to the garden. Very free-flowering and you get tons of bright yellow blooms all summer long.

Try it in a planter! Up to 12 inches high.


Purple pizzazz
Solid-coloured petunias are just so last year. Wait till you see how the bright white edging frames the brilliant purple flowers of the new President’s Choice® Gigantico® Fortunia Purple Picotee® – a magical-looking spreading petunia.

So vigorous, you’ll have loads of flowers all summer long. Perfect for a sunny spot and a burst of colour in a planter. Reaches 10 to12 inches high.


Power flower
“We ran to it when we saw this nemesia at the California Pack Trials – it caught our attention from clear across the yard. Nemesia can be a little wimpy, but not this one. It has a great mounding habit and attracts your eye like no nemesia I’ve seen before,” says Judy Thompson of Forest Glen Greenhouses. You really should try our fragrant new President’s Choice® Gigantico® Nemesia Angelart®. At 8 to 10 inches high, it makes excellent edging!


Gadzooks! PC® Gigantico® Gerbera™
This one is so sensational, our growers insisted that it was a must for the Insider’s Report® – and we thought it wise to listen! Gerbera makes an awesome indoor flowering plant, but it’s even better as an annual in your garden. Our new exotic-looking President’s Choice® Gigantico® Gerbera™ with large daisy-like flowers keeps blooming all summer long bringing tons of personality to your garden.

Growing up to 10 inches, it’s great in a planter too.


From our 1994 Insider’s Report®

Blast from the Past
President’s Choice® Gigantico® Annuals. More to love! In 1994, we gave nature a little head start by developing our very first variety of President’s Choice® Gigantico® Annuals. You loved having an instant garden and made President’s Choice® Gigantico® Annuals one of the most successful lines of annuals in Canada. Millions upon millions have been sold and our lineup gets better every year.

May 16, 2009 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

PC® Gigantico® – Colour-coordinated Perfection!

Colour-coordinated window boxes and planters bring a sense of style to your deck, patio or porch,” says Janet Rosenberg, one of Canada’s most highly sought-after landscape architects and our President’s Choice® gardening consultant.
“To create the fabulous assortment of President’s Choice® Gigantico® planters, I selected all of the planters and colours and did the coordinating for you.”


Smokin’ salmon!
What a delicious combination of bold salmon with splashes of vibrant purple. This combo adds real class to your deck or patio!


PC® Edible gardens
Because you really get the connection between food and the garden, we created three herb combos:

  1. Barbecue Favourites – with great herbs for summer foods
  2. Culinary Classics includes everyday herbs like sage, rosemary and thyme, and finally
  3. Presto Pesto – with a variety of fragrant basil.

In designer pots and ready for harvest right now.  Try the great President’s Choice® recipe on the tag!


Pink power
A gorgeous explosion of pink, blue and purple made just for those who love a mix of bright, beautiful colours.  It’s a great choice to brighten up entrances.


Colour comes alive!
Bring your outside decor to life with this breathtaking array of bright reds, stark whites and yellows with excellent foliage. This vivacious combination is just the thing for adding a crisp, clean look to your deck.


Willow wonder!
Made exclusively for us, these real willow planters are lined with plastic and sized so our plastic planter pots fit perfectly inside. Just plunk your President’s Choice® planter into our exclusive new President’s Choice® Willow Baskets and you’re done.

May 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Proudly Canadian and Local

Our plants are exclusively from Canadian growers – and most are grown close to where you live. We’ve been working with local growers since our beginnings.  It helps local economies and ensures you get the best quality.  Long ago, we learned that buying local allows us to offer you plants that spend more time in greenhouses where they grow strong and mature, plus they travel less so they arrive in our stores fresh and ready for your purchase.


Linwell Gardens

Finding the Best!

Linwell Gardens of Beamsville, Ontario, joined our team in 1992.

“Peter Cantley strives to introduce superior and unique plants that help make gardening easy, and that’s exactly what we do,” says George Alkema, a third generation grower proudly supported by his mother Mary, wife Deb, and six children, Gabrielle, Luke, Benjamin, Jacob, Jesse and Thomas.

“One of the best parts of my job is traveling with Peter to all the top plant breeders and garden trial sites searching out new and exciting varieties we can grow for the President’s Choice® Collection.”


Noel Wilson & fils

 Our geranium experts!

10 years ago, we discovered Noel Wilson & fils at a market in Quebec.  Noel and wife Rita flourish with the help of their children Denis, Lucie, Sylvain, and, last but not least, Claude who has welcomed his own family into the business, including wife Rita and kids Krystel, Kevin and Jonathan.

Wilson has gained quite a reputation with our Garden Centre Guru Peter, especially for their spectacular geraniums.

 “We’re proud to be part of the President’s Choice® Insider’s Report® team,” says Denis. “Peter and his team want to offer the best quality and achieve the most in customer satisfaction, and so do we.”

Bylands Nurseries Ltd.

Bylands Nurseries Ltd.


One of the great growers serving Western Canada is Bylands Nurseries Ltd. in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Established in 1956, Bylands is a family-run operation, with John Byland and son Mike at the helm. Aside from producing spectacular President’s Choice® plants for us, they’re also deeply committed to the environment.

They create compost from their own plant waste and also accept organic waste from community members to keep it from ending up in landfills.

“Our proudest accomplishments are what we do for the environment,” says Mike.

Forest Glen Greenhouses Ltd.

Forest Glen Greenhouses Ltd.

Family know-how

In 1985, Judy and Lee Thompson of Forest Glen Greenhouses Ltd. sold their first crop to the local Save-Easy store and their relationship with Loblaw was born.

“Since then we’ve grown to become a four-acre growing complex here in Brookfield, Nova Scotia, and our daughters Megan and Chelsea are involved in the business,” says Judy.

Mom and daughter Megan help Peter Cantley with the plant selections.

“This close relationship has helped make the spring plant program extremely popular with Maritimers.”


Recycle & Save

You recycled 600,000 lbs!

Did you know most Blue Box programs won’t accept plant pots and flats?  That’s why we established Canada’s first national recycling program for gardeners – and thanks to you last year we recycled 600,000 lbs of plastic.

We work with manufacturers to grind them down and transform them into next year’s pots, and as we enter our second year of recycling we’re making it even better with our coupon offer.

May 16, 2009 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

Are you in favour?

How do you feel – are you in favour of reducing plastic water bottle usage?  Vote your choice on the poll below, and feel free to post any comments too.

Poll now closed. Thanks to everyone who voted … results are:

Total Votes: 2,150
Yes: 1,952 (91%)
No: 142 (7%)
Undecided: 56 (3%)

April 10, 2009 at 8:46 pm 5 comments

About footage used in our 30-second “Outside the Box” spot

Addicted to PlasticIn our latest commercial “Outside the Box”, we used some footage from Ian Connacher’s “Addicted to Plastic. The Rise and Demise of a Modern Miracle”, Cryptic Moth Productions.

For more than 10 years, Ian Connacher has been documenting solutions to environmental issues. He has written for various newspapers and magazines including Shift, Canadian Geographic and The Globe and Mail. He also co-founded Earth Change Productions, which distributed a documentary on climate change solutions to schools and libraries in 2000.

In 2001, Ian produced segments for CBC’s SUNDAY show and then spent 5 years producing segments for the science show DAILY PLANET on Discovery Canada. In 2005, Ian founded Cryptic Moth Productions and produced a short film entitled ALPHABET SOUP, which chronicles a scientific voyage to an ocean vortex where plastic deris accumulates. This was the inspiration for Cryptic Moth’s latest project, ADDICTED TO PLASTIC.

Find the review here.

April 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm Leave a comment

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