Tim and Melissa Cantelon at Sandhill Nursery are extremely inventive and community-minded. They’re passionate horticulturalists, dedicated environmentalists, long-time gardeners and so they simply know the right way to create. (Pictures: Zach MacPherson)
When you haven’t been to Huntsville’s Sandhill Nursery recently, loads has modified. Be ready to be wowed by the numerous makeover that the nursery underwent this Spring.
Based in 1987 and owned by Tim Cantelon since 2002, this now iconic enterprise has grow to be way more to the group than a spot to purchase crops and bushes and organize landscaping providers. Though they do all of that and extra, Sandhill has by anybody’s estimation grow to be a real vacation spot.
With Sandhill’s growth clients will discover much more merchandise to select from
Advertising Supervisor Zach MacPherson says, “Tim and Melissa at all times envisioned making a vacation spot. They’re keen about their enterprise and so they always search for methods to carry much more worth to their clients.” He provides, “Their angle is, “carry your youngsters, carry your canine, carry your folks.” To encourage that they’ve expanded the area with a large renovation of the previous nation retailer, with a model new indoor, climate-controlled area that may permit them to be open all 12 months spherical, in addition to including to the showcase area exterior of the shop.
Simply as Sandhill is about greater than crops, Cantelon sees his clientele as greater than clients. He desires them to have an uplifting expertise after they stroll the grounds and luxuriate in themselves whereas looking for inspiration for his or her subsequent garden undertaking. The sense of group engagement is robust on the nursery and there’s at all times educated workers available prepared to help you whether or not you’re a new gardener or an skilled inexperienced thumb simply searching for that further contact.
It’s arduous to take all of it in whenever you first arrive and park. The place ought to I am going first? The shop, the ponds, the good floral shows, and the eye-catching statuary of faces and fish and fungi – oh my – all beckon. The atmosphere at Sandhill not solely attracts garden fanatics however there are additionally all kinds of little critters that wish to pop in and grasp across the garden centre. Your youngsters may even spot a fairly inexperienced tree frog making an attempt to mix in or a hungry robin holding a worm.
Stepping onto the grounds of Sandhill is like coming into an oasis
The unique nation retailer and the small log cabin have lengthy been a vacation spot for locating distinctive inside dwelling and garden decor. Providing distinctive presents, aromatic candles, planters in all styles and sizes, outside furnishings, artwork, wall decor, and interesting garden accents.
With the addition of a model new 3000 sq/ft climate-controlled growth to the shop, the area moreover presents room to showcase a bigger number of indoor furnishings, art work, and naturally extra distinctive dwelling decor and objects on your complete dwelling. You actually have to return to expertise it for your self.
The area exterior of the brand new growth has additionally had a big facelift and has been remodeled right into a sprawling oasis stuffed with a shocking number of all the pieces that any garden or plant lover may need. There are two, model new, greenhouses and the brand new expanded outside part has allowed them to hold probably the most intensive choice and number of brilliantly-hued annuals and perennials in Muskoka in addition to increasing their providing of shrubs and bushes.
Advertising Supervisor Zach MacPherson hasn’t been with Sandhill very lengthy however he’s blown away by the numerous anecdotes he’s already heard from the clientele and workers concerning the ever-changing points of interest which have grow to be annual traditions for therefore many households. One of many largest is the autumn competition that goes from Mid-September to Halloween; it’s all about spooky, inventive shows, video games for the youngsters, and a bunch of enjoyable actions for the group with the last word purpose of giving again and fundraising for native charities. Sandhill is remodeled at Christmas right into a wonderland of snow, glowing lights, gaily-wrapped presents, and the scent of scorching apple cider.
Sandhill presents one of many largest alternatives of bushes and shrubs for each area and undertaking
The inventive contact comes from Tim, Melissa, and the workers. MacPherson says, “All the pieces they do right here is from the collective minds of the extremely inventive house owners and workers. They’re all passionate horticulturalists, dedicated environmentalists, long-time gardeners and so they simply know the right way to create.” He provides, “Tim is the driving pressure right here for certain. He’s disciplined, hard-working, beneficiant, and has created a beautiful setting and atmosphere to work in, that spills over to the shoppers.”
At Sandhill, the enhancements by no means cease. A beneficiant walkway surrounding and contained in the greenhouses permits for a way more accessible and cozy expertise. If you look down from the greenhouses towards the shop and the showcase area exterior of the brand new store, it actually seems to be like just a little piece of paradise. If you see the eye to element and the strategy the workers should the shoppers and the garden centre area, you may actually see the fervour and love for the craft every one in every of them has. Everybody right here contributes in their very own method and has a particular half in creating the Sandhill expertise.
In fact, being a nursery Sandhill presents one of many largest alternatives of evergreen, decorative, shade, and fruit bushes. You may develop lovely apples in Muskoka and the pleasant and educated workers will enable you to select simply the precise one on your location. It would take a short while however selfmade pies and crab-apple jelly will (pretty) quickly be sitting in your countertop.
Sandhill’s sister retailer Backyard Market is in Burks Falls and serves the realm simply north of Huntsville with the identical great service, heat and educated workers and, in fact, presents a few of the similar distinctive merchandise and giftware you’re certain to seek out at a Sandhill property. The garden centre is sporting a further new greenhouse permitting for an expanded number of flowers and crops. Backyard Market is prepared for the busy rising season and it serves its loyal clientele in Burks Falls, South River, Sundridge, and past.
Sandhill has at all times linked with the group by way of a big social media presence and with the addition of a brand new in-house advertising supervisor and photographer, they can shortly exhibit new merchandise and arrivals in probably the most lovely method. The imagery is gorgeous and there’s at all times one thing new and thrilling to see within the weekly e-newsletter.
Tim and Melissa Cantelon may properly relaxation on their laurels however they’re decided to supply extra and proceed to construct relationships with comfortable clients whereas staying on high of the most recent traits. The long run is wanting vivid and though the spectacular additions and renovations are the latest enhancement to the Sandhill expertise, they’re unlikely to be the final. Sandhill is greater than a nursery, it’s a vacation spot.
Under is a pattern of the wonder that awaits clients inside.
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