Ann, Jack, Vikki and Kyle – A true family run operation! Ann and Jack began a small, seasonal greenhouse at their home in May 1976. Ann worked alone, a way to supplement her “stay at home mom” income for many years, with the children, Vikki and Kyle, and other family members helping as needed. Jack worked as a sales rep, on the road, and helped only 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, expanding the season to include Fall plant offerings and Winter decor. 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. She 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.
Working well together on a daily basis can be challenging, but a visit to Griffin’s assures all that happiness runs in the family. How can you be unhappy working amid such beauty, with family close by? Grandchildren Ben, 15, Olivia, 12, Jakob, 11 and Mitchell, 10 are often seen helping out or “playing” on site – a true family venture!