Sebringville Garden Centre – Over 60 years old and still growing strong!
The garden centre was established over 60 years ago by Nick and Ellie Birkengren. At the time, it was the first and only garden centre in the area. Nick was a good friend of Dennis Washburn, the original head gardener at the Stratford Festival. Sebringville Garden Centre was the plant supplier to the Festival for many years.
When Nick decided to retire twenty five years after starting the garden centre, he sold the business to Horst Schaff. Horst, and his wife Nancy, continued with the business for another twenty five years. In 2001, Horst and Nancy sold the garden centre to Steve and Sue Coxon. Steve and Sue and their children, Stephanie and Brandon, moved to Sebringville from Stratford, and ran the Garden Centre for the next 14 years. In the summer of 2015, Sheila, Carolyn and Steve Wolfgram purchased Sebringville Garden Centre from the Coxons.
Sheila, Carolyn and Steve Wolfgram
Sheila, Carolyn and Steve are siblings who grew up on a farm just outside of Sebringville. They got their green thumbs and love for gardening from both of their parents, who still live on the family farm.
Sheila studied Landscape Design at Fanshawe College, and then started her own landscape design and maintenance company “Sheila Wolfgram Landscape Designs”, which she has been operating out of the Stratford area for the past 20 years. After spending 2014 & 2015 mentoring with the previous owner Steve Coxon, Sheila is excited to put her own touches on the Garden Centre. Sheila will be looking after the day-to-day operations of the Garden Centre.
Carolyn and Steve will be helping Sheila out when their schedules permit. Carolyn is an Occupational Therapist; living in Sebringville, and commuting to London for work. Steve is a Veterinarian. He and his wife Leesa (and children Alexandra and Sam), live and work in Stratford.
Norma is a familiar face in the Sebringville community. Sheila, Carolyn, and Steve are grateful that Norma is sticking around – in fact, they insisted that she stay when they agreed to purchase the Garden Centre!
Norma also started out in graphic design. She married Paul Bald and took time to raise her four boys. She began working at Sebringville Garden Centre in 2003 and has been planting ever since! Besides keeping everyone at the Garden Centre organized and on track, Norma can always be counted on for sound advice and friendly service!
In her “spare time,” Norma also does detailed, custom pen and ink drawings. To see her work and to contact her, go to www.quadro.net/~houseofbald/