J.C. Bakker & Sons Ltd. (Bakkers) announces an open house week celebrating 70 years in business. “We look forward to hosting many customers and industry partners during an open house week during the second week of September. We are also delighted to concurrently host this year's Landscape Ontario Industry Auction on September 12th. ” Said John Bakker III, General Manager
Founded in 1949, with horticultural roots as far back as the early 1900’s, Bakkers began with John Bakker Sr., an immigrant from the Netherlands, who along with his family settled in the Niagara Region in 1948. John Bakker Sr. brought with him over 25 years’ experience as a grower in the Netherlands. The first ten years in Canada were difficult - a few teenage boys, a few spades and hoes, an old cultivating horse, and $300 in the bank.
Brothers Dave Bakker Sr. and John Bakker Jr. (d. 2012) continued growing the business, working closely with Federal Government, Universities, International Plant Propagators’ Society (IPPS)
and crews in the field, supervising all aspects of the work to obtain some of the finest quality nursery stock in Canada. Their example is continued today with 3rd and 4th generations of the family from both brothers involved in daily operations of the nursery. Bakkers began as a wholesale operation, but also catered to local consumers through an award-winning retail garden centre from 1971 to 1987. Today, Bakkers is focused on delivering the best quality nursery stock selections to discerning garden centres and select mass merchants across North America.
“We would like to thank our loyal customers, dedicated staff, and committed industry partners for 70 years of business and we invite prospective customers to join in on the next 70 years.” Said David Bakker Sr., Co-Founder.