THE JACOBSEN FAMILY
Erik & Birgit
Erik has worked at the family business from a young age, starting out planting pansies but quickly moving on to building greenhouses and expanding the property. In the year 2000 he and his wife officially took over the business from Erik’s parents Peter and Carina. On a daily basis Erik oversees the business and works on plans for its continued expansion and improvement while Birgit handles the finances. You are likely to see Erik maintaining bedding plants in the spring or Birgit walking their dogs Mabel and Sara around the property. Erik’s favorite plant is wisteria and Birgit’s is rose of Sharon.
A Fanshawe Horticulture graduate, Nicolai is currently studying business to help run Parkway when the time comes. He has rounded out his plant knowledge as a Fanshawe student gardener and as a nursery worker at another local greenhouse. Not to mention helping out at Parkway since childhood! He is currently Parkway’s project coordinator, helping Parkway become more efficient by implementing our new point of sale and inventory system! His favorite plant is rhododendron.
The youngest Jacobsen at Parkway, Tatiana is thriving in her new role as nursery manager. With a well rounded knowledge of plants developed while growing up in the greenhouse, she has now begun to specialize in trees and shrubs, helping customers find the perfect plants for their garden. Tatiana is eagle eyed when it comes to spotting pests and helps to keep the greenhouse free of harmful insects. With a love for the unusual, her favorite plant is the voodoo lily.
General manager and fearless leader! Lynne has worked at Parkway for 18 years but began her horticulture career working in garden centres in British Columbia. She oversees daily operations, keeps the store organized and the staff motivated. Besides keeping up with the business side of things, purchasing products and communicating with suppliers, she is always ready to help water plants, assist customers and work the cash register. She has amassed a wealth of plant knowledge and is able to offer great advice! Her favourite plants are hellebores as they are a sure sign of spring.
Diane is the succulent guru. With over 20 years of experience at Parkway alone, she’s demonstrated her skills teaching plant identification at Fanshawe College, specializing in tropical and succulent ID. Between scheduling orders of tropicals, you will find her watering and caring for plants or assisting customers. She is passionate about making sure customers bring home the right plant for them, not just what’s trending. Diane has a keen eye for design and often puts together beautiful tropical and succulent arrangements. Her favourite plants are succulents -- she can't choose just one!
PLANTER DESIGN & POTTING
With over 40 years at Parkway, Glenda is one of our most seasoned employees! With a special interest in annuals, tropicals and succulents, you will often find her stationed at the potting bench creating beautiful custom planters. Glenda has a keen eye for arranging plants to create exciting combinations for seasonal planters and tropical centerpieces. With a lifetime of horticultural experience, Glenda is also our go-to staff member when it comes to helping identify the causes of sick or struggling plants. Her favourite plant is the colourful Nanouk tradescantia.
Another long standing member of the Parkway family, Liz has worked here for over 37 years! With a diploma in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Guelph, she has had many roles over the decades, including head grower. Liz currently oversees plant procurement. She’s responsible for determining demand for the season and ordering in seeds, cuttings and plugs to be planted and grown at Parkway. Liz is especially knowledgeable about growing annuals and veggies. Her favourite plants are Shasta Daisies.
Another graduate of the Fanshawe Horticulture Technician program, Dylan recently returned to Fanshawe to share his knowledge as a teacher of greenhouse management, plant science and plant propagation. At Parkway, Dylan puts his teachings into practice as head grower, responsible for planning, propagating, growing and caring for our extensive array of herbs, veggies and annuals. Dylan is always ready with expert advice! His favourite plant is lavender.
A newer addition to the Parkway family, Rebecca is no stranger to the world of plants! With ten years experience in floral design she has also achieved the highest honors in Canada from the Canadian Academy of floral art. She grew up with a big interest in conservation and has now set her sights on urban agriculture and sharing the importance of growing your own food. She is an expert in perennials, but also has a love of Phalaenopsis orchids with a collection of over 30. Her favourite plants are orchids.
PLANT CARE & CUSTOMER SERVICE
Our go-to staff member for tough and in depth plant questions! Mary Anne is a fount of knowledge and is always happy to share what she’s learned. She is a graduate of Fanshawe’s hort tech program and one of the first graduates of Niagara College’s Commercial Cannabis Production program. Mary Anne now teaches part time at Fanshawe College where she educates students in plant identification, helping them learn the difference between amaranthus and amaryllis! Her favourite plants are roses and she grows a wide variety in her garden.
PLANT CARE & CUSTOMER SERVICE
A graduate of Fanshawe’s Horticulture program Nicole worked as a student gardener where she continued to learn while taking care of the many specimen plants at the college. At Parkway, Nicole is always ready to help out in just about every department with a special interest in perennials and tropicals. Expect to see Nicole around the greenhouse watering and caring for plants in all departments where she is ready to dispense expert advice to customers in need. Nicole’s favourite plants are philodendrons and she has collected quite a few varieties!
Passionate about house plants, Jenn is an avid collector of unique tropicals. A graduate of Fanshawe College’s Horticulture program she is an expert on tropicals and annuals and is always keeping herself up to date on the latest plant trends. Thai constellation monstera? Yeah, she’s got one. Jenn is currently taking on the monumental task of keeping all of Parkway’s thousands of unique plants and products inventoried and organized. Her favourite plant is the cast iron plant.
Stephanie has years of customer service experience and excels at serving our clients! She is quickly building up her horticultural knowledge with several years of experience in local garden centres. She is passionate about tropicals and is excited to delve into perennial gardening. Stephanie’s favorite plant is the humble pothos.
Always bright and cheerful, Kim is usually a customer’s first point of contact when booking a landscaping job or consultation. She works hard to keep the landscaping department organized and running smoothly, especially during the busy season when jobs are booked back to back. Kim always has a smile for customers and is ready to help them plan their dream garden with the landscaping department. Her favourite plant is variegated arabis.
Hard working and knowledgeable, Melissa graduated with honors from the Horticulture program at Ridgetown, University of Guelph. An amazing woodworker, Melissa has put her skills to good use around the greenhouse. Not only a landscape designer, Melissa is not afraid to get her hands dirty, joining in with the landscape crew when needed to see projects through to the very end. Melissa loves meeting with clients to help plan their next big project and is bursting with ideas to help beautify your yard! Her favourite plant is clematis, hands down!
A graduate of Fanshawe College’s horticulture apprenticeship program, Dave is a tree and shrub expert with a special interest in specimen plants. He uses his knowledge to help customers select the best plants for their garden. He not only designs customers’ dream gardens, but does the dirty work of installing them too! With over 10 years experience and a wealth of plant knowledge, Dave helps customers make the most of their yard when planning and building a new garden. His favourite plant is Cladrastis lutea also known as American yellowwood.
The owner of the Mobile Street Boutique has found a new home at Parkway Gardens! Guided by her love of fashion, Anne-Marie helps keep our customers stylishly appointed. Always eager to help clients find their perfect outfit or unique accessory, she is able to offer trustworthy style advice based on years of experience. Her favourite plants are hydrangeas.
Going on fifteen years old, Tux is a mature black and white tuxedo cat. A former stray, he now lives the good life at Parkway Gardens. He enjoys unlimited catnip, timely meals (dinner must be served exactly at 4pm!), and the occasional head rub. He is a little standoffish and prefers to survey customers and staff from afar, unless you are one of the lucky few in his inner circle of friends. If you catch him lying in a sunny spot he will permit a light massage or chin scratch. Please do not pick him up as it makes him very sore.
FLORA & FAUNA
Flora (grey stripes) and Fauna (black and white) are the two newest members of the Parkway family! Former barn cats, they’ve lucked out and will spend the rest of their days roaming the greenhouse and being well taken care of. They enjoy wrestling, snuggling, and testing out their climbing abilities. They are constantly doted on by greenhouse staff who have fallen in love with the new arrivals. Spunky, curious, cuddly and feisty, Flora and Fauna are our two smallest greenhouse ambassadors!