Sunday, February 16th, 2020
1937. Picture it…the population of Winnipeg was a mere 250,000. The Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco opened. A crippling drought on the Prairies had us in the grips of the Great Depression. And a little company called Shelmerdine was founded in Charleswood, the very same year as Air Canada, Volkswagen and Dairy Queen! We’re entering into our 83rd year in business, so we’re feeling a bit nostalgic for all the wonderful people, warm memories, and lasting friendships that have blessed us at Shelmerdine.
83 years in the plant industry doesn’t happen by accident! We believe that our longevity is the result of incredible people, innovative thinking, some risk-taking (you mean Shelmerdine sells CLOTHES?!), and most importantly, the best customers in the world! Our talented team constantly brainstorms, researches, collaborates, and looks to the future, all so that we can offer you an incredible experience, everytime you visit Shelmerdine. 2020 will be no exception to that!
So here we go! Read on to discover what’s new . . .
COME HANG OUT IN OUR NEW PLANT LOUNGE
We’ve dedicated a section of our warm and sunny greenhouse as a cozy Plant Lounge. This is a space where you’re invited to just enjoy and relax in, where you can connect with yourself, reconnect with friends, or just feel a connection with nature. The Plant Lounge is the perfect place to escape the winter and just feel amazing! Come in as often as you like, and stay as long as you wish! Trust us – you’ll love it!
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT – AND TO YOU
Our team is proud to announce these initiatives that we’ve taken to protect our environment – with more to come!
- All of our packaging materials are 100% reusable, recyclable, or biodegradable, so if we need to wrap your purchases, you can feel good about how we do it.
- Throughout our entire building and greenhouses, we’ve switched our lighting system to low-emitting LED lights.
- Behind the scenes in our growing ranges, we’re growing more and more tropical plants by propagation. For example, many of the Pothos, Ivy, and Fiddle Leaf Figs that you see in our greenhouse are grown right here, instead of being imported from Florida. You can feel good about the fact that these plants were not trucked in on fuel guzzling semi-trucks.
- Mark your calendar! We’re having a Recycling Event on June 20 and 21, so you can recycle all of your plastic gardening pots with us. The City of Winnipeg doesn’t accept gardening plastics, but we’ve partnered with a local business who specializes in recycling plastics. We hope to save thousands upon thousands of plastic pots from the landfills on this weekend, and you’ll get a very special treat from us for taking part!
JOIN US FOR OUR FREE PLANT TALKS
Our passion for plants makes us want to keep sharing our knowledge, so we have an exciting roster of Free Plant Talks planned for you! Whether you’re new to plants, or you’re an avid gardener, you’ll learn a few new things from our experts while basking in the sunny greenhouse. Click HERE to see the full line-up!
SHARE YOUR LOVE OF PLANTS
We want to make the world a better place, one plant at a time. Plants make us feel connected, healthier and happier, and we all know that the world needs more of that. If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’re a gardener or plant lover on some level, but chances are that you know someone who doesn’t own a single plant. So we encourage YOU to bring plants into that person’s life! Invite them over to help you plant your garden, give them a gift of their first houseplant, or visit our greenhouse with them. These simple acts have the power to change someone’s life for the better, and 2020 is a great year to share and to connect!
Come on in! The sun is always shining at Shelmerdine, and we can’t wait to share our love of plants with you!
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Spring is the time of fresh blooms and the slow return of those sweet pink, purple and yellow hues. It makes sense then, that these are the colours often associated with Easter decor. But since we tend to err on the side of green, we thought we’d play with a little something different this year. Here’s a little dose of inspiration for a fresh and undeniably elegant table runner or centrepiece — perfect for spring.
How’d we do it? First, we used reindeer moss to create a soft, but bold, bed of greenery. From there, we layered different varieties of tillandsias, otherwise known as ‘air plants’ along with naturally green-hued farm eggs. The beauty of decorating with tillandsias is that they only need light, air and moisture to live. They don’t require soil, so they can be placed just about anywhere. These soy candles from Winnipeg’s own Soy Harvest Candle provide the perfect pop of colour to complete this table setting. Notice how they highlight the pink-streaked tillandsias?
You could also experiment with small potted succulents, ferns, twigs or low vases of fresh cut flowers.
Now that you’ve set the table, just add a simple frittata, a batch of mimosas and a few friends, and you have an elegant springtime brunch.
Words + photos by Sarah Carson @the.botanical
Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Let’s go into the woods . . .
From ferns, to mosses, to vast forests of tall spruce, it’s clear that all things woodland have been a great source of inspiration this season. So when we got our hands on these log planters, we dove right into creating a woodland-inspired planter to bring a little bit of the woods into any urban backyard. This project is a great opportunity to work with new plants and get creative. And it’s super simple.
All you need is a log planter, some gravel (these planters do not have drainage), potting soil, and plants of your choice. Simply start by filling the planter with an inch or two of gravel or stones — and then you’re ready to get your hands dirty and pot your plants.
Here, we used a small fern, a dwarf Japanese Cedar and an Eastern Hemlock for distinct woodland vibes, but you could use any combination of annuals or small indoor plants. We finished off our planter with a layer of wood chips, but topping with Spanish moss would also create a unique effect.
Words + photos by Sarah Carson @the.botanical
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
It’s pumpkin season and never before have pumpkins been so sophisticated! From ghost white to shades of grey and blood orange hues, the specialty pumpkins, gourds and squash in our pumpkin patch are a decorator’s dream. To celebrate this beautiful variety, we couldn’t help but get a little bit creative. Here are a few pieces of inspiration to take your pumpkins and gourds to new heights.
STACK ‘EM UP
Instead of storing away your garden obelisk after your climbers are finished for the season, use it to take your pumpkins and gourds up a level.
How to: Simply stack pumpkins and gourds in and around the structure for a visually surprising and earthy element to your home. Take it a step further by stringing a few strands of mini-lights through and around the arrangement so that it can be enjoyed in the dark!
EASY PUMPKIN MACRAME
Believe it or not, macramé has made a big comeback in home décor in recent years. This is a great way to change up any hanging displays you might have in your home already, or a great reason to add a hanging element to your home.
How to: Simply hang your choice of pumpkin or gourd using a macramé plant holder. Here, you can DIY using twine or rope that you have around the house, or stop in and pick up one of our cute little wooden beaded hangers. This easy hanger can be placed indoors or outdoors.
Grab a pumpkin spice latte from the Secret Garden Cafe and explore Shelmerdine’s designer pumpkin patch!
Words + Photos by Sarah Carson @the.botanical