Carlyle's Country Garden Greenhouse opened for its 15th year of business on Thursday, May 7, and owners Allan and Sylvia Thomas say, “It's been pretty non-stop since we opened the doors today.”
Along with Mother's Day shoppers, the couple says that many of their regular customers returned for yet another year, eager to get their gardens ready for another prairie spring and summer.
“We really appreciate their support,” says Sylvia. “Our customers come back year after year. Our customers come from our local area and even from Estevan, Regina, and Brandon. We get a lot of people from the lakes, too.”
The couple specializes in Saskatchewan Zone 3 perennials and shrubs, which are perfectly suited to local growing conditions.
“They can bring their planters in and we'll custom design something for them,” says Sylvia. “Or if they like, we'll work on it with them.”
“Our newest item is a combination of flower plants in one pot called 'Confetti Gardens,' she adds. “We also sell veggies and herbs, and a few other gardening items, planters, plant food, things like that. And we also have gift certificates, too.”
The greenhouse season is short, but full. “We're open until July 15,” says Allan. “That's if we don't sell out of trees, shrubs, and flowers like we did last year.”
“We couldn't do any of it without our staff,” says Sylvia. “Besides Allan and I, we have 12 part-timers. We've got a really excellent team. They are the ones who have helped us to build a really beautiful place.”
“And we wouldn't be here without our customers. We're so grateful for the support of them all.”
Country Garden Greenhouse is located at 112 Railway Avenue, Carlyle. Phone: (306)-577-8299
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.