We are Ann, Jack, Vikki and Kyle – Griffins is a true family run operation.
A daughter of Dutch immigrants, Ann grew up in her family-run greenhouse business, Parkhill Nurseries. She began a small seasonal greenhouse at her home in 1976 as a way to supplement her “stay at home” income. She worked alone with children, Vikki and Kyle, and other family members helping out as needed. In the early days husband Jack worked in sporting good sales on the road and helped on weekends. As the demand for their exceptional quality plants grew, Jack retired from sales in 1997 and began working the greenhouse business full time, alongside Ann and a few hired hands, expanding the season to include Fall plant offerings and Winter décor. In 2001 Vikki left her teaching career in Belleville, moved back to Peterborough with husband and two children and “helped out” by becoming the General Manager.
Vikki continued to expand the business adding several series of workshops and becoming the “spokesperson” at speaking engagements, extending the reach of the business. In 2006 Kyle chose gardening over Photojournalism and he became the Greenhouse Manager, streamlining many processes and adding to the Display Garden. Now the grandchildren, Ben (20 years old), Olivia (pictured, 17), Jake (16) and Mitchell (15) help out regularly – a true family business!