Closeup view of red tulip flowers

About

Established in 1957, Dykhof Nurseries and Florist is proud to still be a family-owned and operated business. Four generations of family have worked hard to carry on the tradition of quality started 50 years ago by my Opa.

-Kelly Milligan

Humble beginnings

My Opa (Mr. D.) started this business in 1957. The land came equipped with greenhouses and a heating shed. All it needed now was someone to put them to use. The first item to go on sale was cut flowers, which sold until late 1958.

With the greenhouses readily available, Opa decided to try his hand with bedding plants. Seeds were started, transferred into flats and grown on for sale. Flats and flats of bedding plants lined the ground waiting for people to come and pick out their treasures.

Growing bigger

Along with the bedding plants were trees and shrubs. People from the neighbourhood would do their yearly pruning and bring the clippings to Opa, who would then use them as cuttings and start growing his own. Needless to say there were many cypress, cedars and azaleas lining the nursery floor. 

Opa eventually started purchasing direct from growers, which allowed him to widen the variety of plants available to customers. Many of the first growers that Opa worked with are still our suppliers today. They were small businesses too and have grown with us.

Putting down roots

In 1970, construction of the store began, finishing in 1971.  Tools, pots, fertilizers etc. were added to the inventory and would show up weekly. From here we kept on growing to what you see today.

In 2021, we move to a new location on Old Dollarton Road where we’ll be able to serve new generations of gardeners for years to come.

The future of Dykhof

Trial and error, hard work and dedication has allowed us to become what we are today. Four generations of family, we are still going strong and learning along the way. Opa came to Canada in 1953 and started the nursery in 1957. He worked everyday until he passed away in 1991. The values that Opa started this business with are the values that Dykhof Nurseries represents and maintains today. My mom Ineke, Uncle Henry, Aunt Maria, Cousin John, my brothers Trevor and Kevin, and the rest of the staff we call family, all represent the spirit of what Opa created so many years ago.

View of Dykhof Nurseries in 1964
View of Dykhof nurseries with Garden Shop sign
Opa Dykhof with grandson