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Heeman's
20422 Nissouri Rd.
Thorndale, ON
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Our Group of Green Thumbs

They say, to raise a thriving greenhouse and sweet retail store, it takes a village. So when we handpicked our village, we used our strawberry-selection method: Grab only the brightest ones bursting with goodness. Lo and behold, we ended up with the sweetest bunch.

Come across any single one of the smiling faces on our grounds and you’ll grow to love us pretty darn quick!

  • Rita Heeman

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    In Rita we trust! This is the woman behind the scenes making sure everything works out just right. From determining what plants make the cut for growing to scheduling when and what to plant and co-ordinating all our amazing Daymakers, Rita is our General Manager and pulse of our family business. The youngest daughter of Bill and Susan, she represents the second generation of Heeman’s very well. Easily our busiest Daymaker, Rita is dedicated to making sure your gardens and your experiences at Heeman’s are beautiful.
  • Will Heeman

    Will Heeman
    After (literally) growing up in the greenhouse, is it any wonder Will is a wealth of garden knowledge? Our Chief Daymaker is obsessed with helping local gardeners and foodies, that’s why you can find him with his phone in his hand and a smile on his face as he tweets, posts and updates all our social media and this site straight from the fields and greenhouse. In 2016 he was named Young Retailer of the Year for all of North America! Drawing from his global experience in the industry and bringing a next generation persecutive, Will is helping Heeman’s foster knowledge and ingrate passion in gardeners and foodies of all ages!
  • Rudy Heeman

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    The man behind the most delicious berries you’ll ever taste, affectionately known as the Berry Boss! Rudy is the second generation of Heeman’s involved in the family business, he grew up with farming in his blood. He’s the chief builder here (so you know he’s busy), caretaker of our strawberries and sets a tireless pace with his work ethic. Rudy’s a very busy guy with all those roles, if you haven’t seen him on one of your trips out it’s probably because he’s outstanding in his field…
  • Florence Heeman

    Florence Heeman
    Those who’ve met her will tell you the only thing sweeter than Florence is the strawberries she grows. The Queen of Berries, Florence is a recipe whiz always dreaming up new and delicious ways to enjoy strawberries and all other kinds of fruits. Florence can be found lending her expert advice in the Garden Centre when she’s not busy coordinating our Pick Your Own strawberry field. Growing up on a farm before marrying Rudy, it’s easy to tell see why she loves her job!
  • Bridget Heeman

    Bridget Heeman
    The youngest member of the Heeman family currently on the job, Bridget has grown up in the berry fields and now helps out in all areas of the business. You’ll find her helping at the front with custom orders, assisting customers or whipping up a Berries & Cream as a ‘berrista’ in the Berry Beanery. We’re happy to have Bridget at Heeman’s before she heads off to university in the fall.
  • Anna Studenny

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    This is the woman who makes all the magic happen in our bedding plants area! Anna has been helping gardeners with their annuals for the last 10 years here but has a collective 25 years experience in Poland and Canada. When it comes to bedding plants she’s second to none and in the winter holiday season you will find Anna design the most wonderful arrangements!
  • Connie Henshaw

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    Chances are very good that this lady has had an impact on your garden even without you knowing. Connie is responsible for all the potting staff in our production greenhouses, the unseen but amazing people who work hard planting all those plants you love so much. She is a wealth of experience with annuals and has been part of Heeman’s since 2000. Always modest and eager to help, Connie is an integral Daymaker at Heeman’s.
  • Dori Siwek

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    Dori has some of the busiest hands at Heeman’s, how else could she pot up the thousands of baskets and containers we grow for you. Add in the custom creations she brings to life and the magic she performs keeping our annual department looking its best and you know she’s got skill! There isn’t a plant she hasn’t worked with at Heeman’s, Dori knows what works together and what doesn’t and we’re happy to have her and that knowledge in the Garden Centre for you to draw from.
  • Gail Durand

    Daymaker Gail Durand
    From creating beautiful displays around our greenhouse to leading some of our fantastic workshops to sourcing our great selection of garden supplies and gift items, Gail can do it all. A valued member of our team since 2009, Gail brings with her a lifetime of industry experience that we’re thrilled to share with our valued customers. If you’ve ever had a conversation with this talented lady or witnessed her making one of her magical winter arrangements, you know how lucky we are to have Gail as a Daymaker at Heeman’s.
  • Jane Dixon

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    Quick to help where you might need her, Jane can be found assisting customers as a lead cashier and fetching plants from the daycare and reuniting them with excited owners. She has been a part of the Heeman’s since 2008.
  • Marilyn Tate

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    She is the Queen of Custom Orders and the Wonder Woman organizing our winter storage service! Marilyn has been a valued member of the Heeman’s team since 2012, with experience in our annuals department in 2009 as well. Her infectious smile and detailed attention to every order make her a perfect fit here at Heeman’s.
  • Matt Beecroft

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    The protector of potentilla and hero to hundreds of hydrangeas, Matt is our Shrub master and a walking encyclopedia of horticultural knowledge. Drawing from a lifetime of experience working in the landscape and greenhouse industry, Matt has helped thousands of people pick the perfect plant, diagnosis problems and give helpful care tips. We’re happy to have Matt as one of our Horticultural Heroes available to help make your gardening experience that much easier.
  • Patsy Hesselmans

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    A wearer of many hats at Heeman’s, Patsy has done a lot in her time here. You might recognize her as the woman’ who was responsible for managing the custom orders and overwinter service. Patsy is a key Daymaker managing the office and responsible for overseeing many of the things that make your experience at Heeman’s more pleasant. She’s been doing all this and more since 2004.
  • Sharon Fisher

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    A helpful hand who is rarely without her big, friendly smile. Sharon is Connie’s right hand lady and another key Daymaker working largely behind the scenes to make sure our plants are pretty and perfect for your gardens. Aside from being  super talented (and quick) at potting, Sharon is a wealth of knowledge of our large selection of annuals too!
  • Trish Kennedy

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    As the purveyor of perennials at Heeman’s, Trish has a wealth of knowledge on the hundreds of plants in her care. She is the hostess of our hostas, a caretaker to many coreopsis and a supervisor of sedum. If you don’t know what those are, don’t worry, Trish does! If you need help selecting the perfect plant for that spot in your garden, she can help make your gardening experience a breeze. With more than 20 years experience at Heeman’s, this lady knows her stuff.
  • Wes Kelly

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    As graduate of the Western University business program, Wes first started working at Heeman’s as a student studying at Western. An all-round horticulturalist, Wes’s primary role is as the caretaker and babysitter of the overwintered tropical plants we foster. He is as big a fan/collector of tropical plants as the customers who trust him with caring for their babies.
  • Bill Heeman

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    The man who started it all! Bill, the Godfather of flowers, emigrated to Canada from Holland with his wife Susan in 1958 and soon after purchased our farm and founded our business. He built Heeman’s on principals of uncompromising quality, fair prices and good ol’ fashion hard work! Bill was a born builder and fixer, nearly everything at our place he had a hand in building, from our carts to our flooding benches, he spent countless hours manufacturing them himself. Bill could be found in the greenhouses seven days a week and taught us about hard work and commitment. Bill’s children and grandchildren worked along side him for many years and now honour his legacy by carrying on the business he created.
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