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My life as a landscaper began in the greenhouses that my parents owned at 18 Victoria Street in Stratford. I used to help my mom pick out the seedlings to be transplanted into the boxes that would in two months time be sold as annuals.  I was two years old at the time.

My Grandfather, Jesse Wainwright, whom everyone called Ted, came to Stratford in 1940 to buy the old Guthrie Greenhouses here. He quickly changed the name to Wainwright Greenhouses. Before moving here, Ted had worked first at the Dale Estate in Brampton where my mother was born. He later worked for Ivy's in Brantford.

Ted ran the greenhouses until his retirement in 1952 after which he devoted his time to running the scales at the old Farmer's Market (behind the firehall on Albert St). My parents, George and Lily Stott, assumed ownership of the business in 1952 and opened a flower shop at the corner of Downie and George street in Stratford. They later moved it to 28 Erie Street, which was the previous home of the first Bank of Montreal in Stratford. Our fridge in the store had been the original vault of the bank.

My mom passed away in 1981 from cancer. I had started my own business by 1977 called Tom's Gardening.  My business started out small. I was only working evenings and weekends while serving as Full Time Grounds Keeper for Pounder Brothers. In 1979 I married my highschool sweetheart and I decided to go into the landscaping business full time. We started with two full time employees and two part time. We specialized in ground maintenance with some lanscape installation.

In 2005 I became aware that my main supplier, Eldon Landscaping, was for sale. We began negotiations and in 2006 we formed a new company called Tom's Eldon Landscaping.

Today we have a garden centre where we grow many of our own plants. We have four Landscape Crews, one Lawn Care Crew and in peak season we have 17 employees. Our landscape crews concentrate on everything from installation to maintenance of all kinds of landscapes. 

Tom Stott,

Owner & CEO