I am Winse (Pronounced Winsey).
This is Garden Ardent, my petite urban flower farm just north of Toronto.
I grow specialty flowers and offer handcrafted bouquets/arrangements to direct customers, floral designers and florists. My interest in flowers started when I was 10 in Sweden - a class project growing colourful pansies from seed developed more seeds fueled my curiosity and passion for growing flowers.
My mission is to provide pesticide-free, locally grown specialty blooms at affordable pricing, and to promote the awesomeness of locally grown flowers.
I have been gardening for 20+ years - first alongside my parents. I watched and helped them with their garden and eventually migrating to my own creations - starting with balcony/container gardening to my own petite farming network.
My passion has always revolved around flowers, gardening and farming. I have worked on a multi/acre flower farm, volunteered with several Canadian conservation and nature advocacy groups.
In 2021, I took the flower passion to a new level and immersed myself in the floral community.
- I accepted a partial scholarship and completed the Washington state based Floret Flower Farming School
-I received mentorship from Sarah Nixon from My Luscious Backyard (a trailblazer and expert of urban flower farming) https://www.mylusciousbackyard.com/
-I attended Toronto's Bloom School Wedding Residency and worked with a team of outstanding floral designers to complete flower arrangements and installations at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel. https://www.instagram.com/p/Cb9wMzLO3lo/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
My flowers are grown locally, sustainably, without chemicals and include seasonal flowers such as specialty tulips, daffodils, ranunculus, anemones, dahlias, zinnias and many other varieties.
To extend my grow space, I collaborate with residents in Markham's Cathedraltown neighbourhood to execute a unique micro-farming arrangement. Flowers are grown in residential yards whilst beautifying the neighbourhood's private gardens.
Feel free to reach out to me about your fresh cut flower requirements. I am always happy to chat about flowers.