Welcome to Royal City Nursery!

Guelph’s only 3rd generation, full service garden centre!  We specialize in creating custom outdoor living spaces and unique solutions for all your garden, landscape and seasonal decorating needs!

We work hard to carry the new, the exceptional, the time honoured favorites and pretty much every plant in between. Soon to be situated on almost 8 acres between Guelph and Cambridge, we are the garden centre of choice for discerning home owners, landscapers and designers.

Here we grow! Our new location at 6838 Wellington County Road 124 is currently under construction and will be ready for Spring 2016. Until then, see us next door to our old location at 315 Woodlawn Road West

Peter Olsen Horticulture Apprenticeship Scholarship Fund

Early in the morning, July 8 2015, Peter Olsen second generation owner of Royal City Nursery, and Tanya’s father, passed away peacefully. Not one to give up and always one to live the “glass is half full” life, Peter has found peace. His laughter and easy care manner will be missed. We received eight years more when he received his new lungs and are incredibly grateful.

Help celebrate the man who showed us it was easier to laugh at yourself first, have fun and help others!

Peter was a horticulturalist at heart, always stopping to pull a weed or unsheathing his secateurs to prune just one more branch. The love and passion for all things landscape led Peter to become a student in the first Horticulture Apprenticeship program at Humber College. In addition to being second generation owner of Royal City Nursery and fulfilling 35+ years of teaching, Peter freely gave his time as a founding member of Landscape Ontario, member of the Garden Centre Group Co-op, chair of the Farm Safety Association and Rotary Club member.

Peter never shied away from hard work, believing if you are going to teach someone, the best way was to work alongside them. Until recently, Peter could be found at Royal City loading a car, diagnosing an insect problem or helping solve the mystery of what will grow in the hard-to-grow spot. It is with great pride he taught his daughters Tanya and Leah, everything he knew.

In his spare time, Peter LOVED a good movie. If there was not a murder mystery on the tube, surely it was one of the old dusters.  Everything in Peter’s life came back to family: wife Doreen, daughter Tanya, her husband Dave, daughter Leah, her husband Rob and their two children. As a lasting piece of advice to his grandsons, Reed and Parkin, Peter wrote: “Believe in yourself! Stand tall and be proud of who you are. Be kind to your neighbour and especially your brother. Be honest and trustworthy. When you go for a walk, take a piece of licorice in your pocket and think of your Morfar (Morfar means grandfather in Danish) and then have a bowl of ice cream with sprinkles on top before you go to bed”.

As wife Doreen said: “Thank you my Per for 45 years of pure joy and love. You are the foundation of our family and my tower of strength. Thank you for your love, your hugs, your smile and holding my hand.”

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the Olsen family has set up a scholarship fund in Peter’s name. To find out more about the fund or to donate click here: Peter Olsen Horticulture Apprenticeship Scholarship Fund, courtesy of the Ontario Horticulture Trades Foundation or contact us at 519.824.4998.



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