Behind Royal City Nursery’s name is a rich story woven around family, hard work, and a deep love for gardening and creating beautiful spaces. From its humble beginnings as a cucumber farm and selling ‘Rose Brand Pickles’, Royal City Nursery has grown by leaps and bounds since first opening its doors in 1962. Yet, despite our growth and expansion into a number of areas surrounding gardening, we have never lost sight of the vision and heart behind our company – to share our love of gardening and to help our customers experience the joy that comes from creating unique living spaces.
John and Elsebeth Olsen first purchased the property at 305 Woodlawn Road West in Guelph in 1962, building the original cedar log Lathe (Shade) House, which served as the retail area. A new store was built on the site in 1977, where Royal City Nursery sold mainly trees, shrubs, soil and fertilizer, along with a few chemicals.
In 1986, Peter Olsen and his wife, Doreen, joined the partnership, expanding the garden centre’s stock to include garden décor – fountains, arbours, and statuary, as well as opening Royal City Nursery’s first Christmas Wonderland!
The business further expanded in the mid-1990s when Tanya Olsen, Peter and Doreen’s daughter, joined full time. The nursery continued to offer beautiful indoor and outdoor living space work, services and products, as well as growing to include water features, garden and lawn maintenance, and a fashion boutique.
2015 saw the second-generation owners Peter and Doreen take a step back and welcomed Royal City Nursery’s third generation owner Tanya. The year also witnessed the expropriation of our property by MTO, us signing the lease of the land next to our property, and lastly (and most exciting!) the purchase of the land that is now our new location! We have a large outdoor sales yard and have built the garden centre of our dreams – a brand new 6000 square foot greenhouse – on our 5.5 acres of land on Highway 24, located between Guelph and Cambridge.
After many years behind the scenes, we are thrilled to introduce Tanya’s husband Dave to the Royal City Nursery team. With over 30 years in the horticulture and landscape industries, Dave is excited to finally meet our wonderful customers, to offer beautiful plants, masterpiece garden pieces and planters, and to provide friendly service from experienced and knowledgeable staff to meet all your landscaping and garden needs!
Come stop in to see us, explore our garden space and store, inspire your imagination with new and exciting products and create stunning gardens that will not only welcome you home, but provide you with a unique and wonderful living space that suits your style.
We look forward to seeing you soon!