In 1937, Shelmerdine Nursery was founded on a nursery in Charleswood by Walter Shelmerdine. Walter concentrated on the production of fruit trees and in 1944, he began drawing landscape plans for homeowners, producing plant catalogs and undertaking landscaping contracts. By these means the business grew and as a result, a number of business partners joined the firm in the 1960’s and 70’s. The original site in Charleswood was sold, and in 1974, the current retail garden center in Headingley was established.
During the 1970’s and 80’s, housing developments cropped up in Winnipeg, and the fleet of Shelmerdine landscaping trucks and crews could be seen landscaping entire streets at a time. Throughout all of these years, Shelmerdine established its reputation as Winnipeg’s most trustworthy landscaping firm and garden center, providing clients with friendly and knowledgable service, superior plants, and quality gardening products.
In 2005, the company reorganized into two separate, but closely operating companies; the commercial landscaping operation Shelmerdine Ltd. and the retail store known as Shelmerdine Garden Center Ltd.
Today, Shelmerdine Garden Center Ltd. is a lifestyle enjoyment centre as well as a greenhouse growing operation owned by Nicole Bent and Chad Labbe.