In 1989, motivated by the growth of his family, Tom Alkema left the family greenhouse that was founded by his father. Tom bought a 5 acre parcel of land in the east end of St. Catharines and established his own greenhouse operation; a business he called Linwell Gardens. Tom began this operation with a vision to propagate high quality plant material, and to run a business founded on the old-fashioned principles of integrity, honesty, and hard work.
Today those principles live on in the next generation as his son George steers the company into the future of growing, coupling integrity with business acumen, honesty with efficiency, and hard work with technological advancement.
That first farm that Tom built in St. Catharines has since been sold, but Linwell Gardens thrives at their Beamsville location. With over 16 acres of growing capacity, Linwell has become one of the largest propagators of vegetative liners in Canada. Linwell continues to supply the same high quality plant material that Tom envisioned back in those early days, and has enjoyed success partnering with some of the major garden retailers in Canada.
With the backing of a motivated team, an enthusiasm for innovation, and a desire to continuously improve, George and his family carry on the tradition started 20 years ago.