The Online Garden Center is a trusted supplier of top quality organic & heirloom seeds, bulbs, plants, garden tools & planters based in Vancouver, Canada. We are a team of horticulturalists and gardening enthusiasts. We love gardening & everything about it.
The owner, Mark, discovered his love for gardening from an early age and has been working in the industry since 1997. He studied botany, horticulture and landscape design for 5 years at the Botanical Gardens, Dublin, Ireland.
Over the past number of years, he has run his own Garden Center, Landscape Design & Construction Company. The latest reincarnation of the business is The Online Garden Centers, a web-based retail business specializing in garden products. Mark, wanted to build a business around a community of gardeners, a new type of business with social responsibility that could give back to the community.
OUR MISSION & CORE VALUE
“I like gardening – it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” Alice Sebold
Here at The Online Garden Center, our highest purpose and greatest joy are to encourage & motivate people to get into gardening & create their own piece of heaven, be it in your backyard, on a balcony or in your kitchen. The greatest benefit of gardening is creating peace, serenity, and happiness which is so important in our modern hectic lives.
The health and happiness of our gardening community is our biggest motivation to keep constantly innovating, creating and teaching at The Online Garden Center. This website is the result of the desire to bring balance in our modern lives by gardening.
“…because gardening nourishes the body, elevates the spirit, builds community and makes the world a better place." Mission statement.
At the Online Garden Center, we share gardening experience, knowledge, advice, education, how-to, tips, articles, by creating a community for gardeners where everyone can talk, ask, share & spread their love and share their gardening knowledge. Our goal is to inspire and educate the gardener in you.
WHY DO WE LOVE GARDENING?
Gardening is a healthy lifestyle, which gives calming & therapeutic effects on our state of mind. Gardening makes our life a better life, improves the environment and saves the planet. Gardening nourishes the body, elevates the spirit & feeds the soul.
- We believe that gardening has a calming effect and the simple idea of just being amongst plants can prevent disease and lower blood pressure caused by the stresses of our modern lifestyles. When we are close to plants, the freshly generated oxygen when inhaled provides a sense of peace and tranquility. Our mind gets relaxed and body gets rejuvenated.
- We particularly love the therapeutic effect of gardening and how it soothes the mind. The psychological impact of gardening is that it is considered a serene occupation, an oasis of calm, a grounding experience.
- Gardens stimulate, they engage all of our human senses, not just the sights, sounds and smells around us, but touch too; the textures of soil tell a story, and feeling; the emotional satisfaction of a successful harvest or a realization of a spiritual connection or emotional peace.
- The physical impact when gardening not only provides fitness via calorie burning and muscle toning activities but offers opportunities for improving strength, endurance and flexibility in legs, arms, and hands. Plus, gardening helps to improve balance, flexibility and sensory perception.
The benefits of gardening are seemingly endless, both mentally, physically (and emotionally). If you’ve never gardened before and you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, we’re glad you’re here. Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies you can do, with long-lasting positive effects to yourself, your community, and to the world at large.
When customers choose our products, it’s an act of trust that our products are manufactured to the very highest standards, safely, under fair labor conditions, and without ethical compromises.
We honor this trust by requiring all our products to be manufactured in accordance with rigorous ethical standards. We combine industry best practices, strategic partnerships, and strict auditing standards to respect the safety, well-being, and dignity of workers.
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