Our Beginning, Our History, Our Story……
Tony Hooydonk immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands with the vision of bringing his horticulture skills to establish a new business.
The story goes, Tony asked Euny (a young immigrant from Ireland), for a dance and spoke Dutch to Euny the entire time, besotted by this handsome young man Euny never let on she could not understand a word of Dutch! They fell in love, married, worked hard and started a family.
In 1955 Tony and Euny launched Fanshawe Nursery, located near the Fanshawe Dam. In 1965 Fanshawe Nursery moved to Highbury Avenue along the Thames River.
Tony and Euny’s family where raised with the magic of nature surrounding them and a lot of hard work.
With the growth of the City of London Fanshawe Nursery Ltd. moved further north on Highbury Ave. and given a new name by Tony’s grandchildren – “Grandpa’s Garden”. The love of horticulture was instilled in their hearts passed down from their grandparents to their parents and now to the grandchildren.
Years later with expansion the business acquired a new name —”Grandpa’s Garden Landscaping and Nursery”.
The success of Grandpa’s Garden is a combination of superior horticultural practice, education and carrying on a tradition of excellence instilled by Tony Hooydonk. Grandson, Mark A. Hudson owns and operates Grandpa’s Garden Landscaping.
Mary Hooydonk – Tony and Euny’s Eldest Daughter
Mary’s passion for horticulture and nurturing characteristics come from two immigrant parents and their love of both life and the land.
Growing up on the tree farm and working for Fanshawe Nursery Ltd. Mary does not remember when she wasn’t enjoying time spent learning from her father or cursing the endless hours of weeding.
Being Mary’s dad Tony was very well known throughout the horticultural industry as an exceptional nursery-man and propagator, Mary was fortunate to have been exposed to some of the best practical education in the industry.
Mary earned her Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association in partnership with the University of Guelph Qualified Plantsman Certificate in 1981.
Mary served a two year term on the National Board of Directors for Landscape Ontario Horticultural trades conference committee and was also appointed Quality Control Inspector for H.C. Downham Nursery Company Limited. Mary was privileged to work alongside her growing sons Mark and Travis at Grandpa’s Garden for many years. A believer in life long education both academic and practical, Mary returned to formal education: King’s University College, Western University in 2012 and graduated with her certificate in Grief and Bereavement Studies. The Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care and Maintenance Certification programs in, “Journey of Dementia”, “Elder Health—Mind, Body and Spirit”, “End of Life Conversations”.
As a practicing member of The Canadian Horticulture Therapy Association with the upgrades offered by the organization, Mary’s goal is to complete her Master’s program.
Fanshawe Nursery LTD. Today
Mary and her skilled team provide London Ontario and surrounding area with Horticulture Consulting, emphasizing superior horticulture practice.
Her teams are specialists in garden care for seniors as well as other vulnerable persons wishing to remain in their homes. The team works with the homeowner to assess their garden needs and determine how they may be of assistance to them by offering affordable rates geared to the budget of the clients.
Another branch of Fanshawe Nursery offers organizational horticultural consulting and legacy planting:
Fanshawe Nursery Ltd. offers assistance in structuring volunteer teams.
~Large or small organizations looking to establish, maintain or restructure their properties for aesthetics or environmental sustainability and biodiversity.
Our Proud Accomplishments and Affiliations
Tony Hooydonk, Fanshawe Nursery Ltd.
Canadian Association of Nurseryman, past member
American Association of Nurseryman, past member
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, past member
Original designer and contractor in the development and implementation of D. B. Weldon Park Arva Ontario.
Rose Judge for the London Horticultural Society
Served numeral terms for the London Chapter board Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades
Horticultural consultant for University of Western Ontario, Canada
Mary Hooydonk, Fanshawe Nursery Ltd.
Canadian Horticulture Therapy Association
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
Carolinian Canada Coalition
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, past member
Horticultural consultant for St. Joseph’s Hospice of London, Ontario.
Horticultural consultant for Woodland Cemetery London, Ontario
Designer and contractor for the Commemorative Garden, St. Joseph’s Hospice, London.
Designer and contractor working in partnership with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority London, Ontario for the Memorial Forest south-east corner D.B. Weldon Park, Arva, Ontario.
Supplier and contractor for the impressive Legacy and Bio-diversity planting at Woodland Cemetery, London, Ontario.
Personal contractor for families specializing in legacy and commemorative gardens and trees.
Barb McGregor, Horticulture Client – Seniors and Horticulture
Marys goal is assist seniors living in our community to stay and live in their family homes as long as possible. With Marys assistance seniors like Barb can participate in their own gardens and lawn care needs. This service helps seniors live in the home as long as they can.
Quotes from Barb:
“Sometimes things can become overwhelming with running a home. Mary helps take some of the stress our of maintaining my garden. The Work Mary does benefits the gardens and the clients.”
“Gardening with Mary is an energizing experience, I’m not sitting on the side-lines, because this service allows me to enjoy my garden.”
“I feel like it’s a partnership, and it’s not just hiring a nameless face to have it done.”
“This service helps seniors live in the home as long as they can with getting help from people with good hearts…..like Mary.”
Operations Manager: Jennifer Willert
Jennifer graduated from the Hotel and Restaurant Management program from St. Clair College, and since then has been exploring different avenues of the customer service world. As manager of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Jennifer found a love for chocolate. When that chapter of her life ended, Jennifer moved on to working part time for Richmond Woods Retirement Residence. Both experiences helped perfect and learn new skills that have made her ready for this next adventure working alongside Mary Hooydonk as the Operations Manager and starting Fanshawe Nursery Ltd. A Day In The Country.