Island Pride Garden Company was started in 1989 in Wood Islands as Island Pride Farms. In 2007, we created the new name of Island Pride Garden Company. This family operation expanded from the one location in Wood Islands since 1989 to a second location with the purchase of a new garden centre in Hunter River in 2006.
The founder, manager, co-owner and grower John Keuper watches over the operation from growing to selling. He graduated with a degree in plant science from the University of Vermont in 1980. He has many years experience as a grower and manager at greenhouse operations from Seattle, Washington to Boston, Massachusetts and here on Prince Edward Island. John is often a guest speaker at the garden club, garden shows and other community groups across PEI. He is a resource to his staff, his wholesale and retail customers. He frequents trade shows and conferences and brings back his knowledge to share with staff and to initiate new ideas into this business. On a daily basis, he is on location to ensure that the plants have the environment they need. His skills involves monitoring growth conditions, such as temperature, germination, water and fertility conditions as well as hardening them off. His wife, Anne assists with the many aspects of the garden centre. Each variety of annual, perennial and nursery plant is chosen and grown to do well In the PEI climate.
Jeanette in Hunter River has completed her master gardener certification and will continue to be a huge asset for Island Pride Garden co. Way to go Jeanette!