Schriemer's has been a growing part of Manitoba's gardening and landscaping community dating all the way back to the early 1950's. It's been a long and colourful history from that point all the way to today, with Schriemer's proudly serving the needs of gardeners and home landscapers in Winnipeg and across Manitoba. We've had an interesting past, we are an important business today, and we'll be a key player for many years to come!
“In 1952, my wife Ruth and I immigrated to Canada, to Homewood, and worked in the sugar beet fields. Early in spring 1953, we worked for Joe DeGraff in his greenhouse on Kelvin and Talbot, and for the summer we worked again on the sugar beet farms. In the summer of 1955 I started selling fruit and vegetables on the road.
In the spring of 1956, I was asked to run Mr. DeGraff's greenhouses on a 50-50 deal, which lasted through 1957 and 1958. The greenhouses were slated to be appropriated for the construction of the Disraeli bridge. We bought out the equipment and so on from Mr. DeGraff, and moved to a site at 1109 McLeod.
While plants at that time were grown in 6 or 8 dozen flats for retailing, when Kord or better Roy A. Nicholson introduced fibre dozen packs, we were the first ones in Winnipeg to use these smaller and more convenient packs. Also in the late 50's, we introduced the 3-1/2“ and 4-1/2“ perennials in the Winnipeg market. We have strived from the start to retail plants grown right on the premises, and in the 60's succeeded by selling most of our production retail, and also sold nursery stock.
We also started to sell growers' accessories, and bulbs and seeds, for which in 1981 we built a store. We also started to supply, on a limited basis, to wholesale greenhouses, accessories and suppllies. This line of business grew so rapidly that in 1989 we formed HJS Wholesale Ltd., to service that market.
We have always tried to grow a quality product, and offer superior service. With Harry and John Peter joining the business, we outgrew the premises, and moved to our present 11 acre site on 1505 Molson in the fall of 1989.
We are still growing, and now we have an office manager and a controller, a store manager, a grower, and a perennials specialist. HJS has also grown, and with the increase in business it became necessary to have a full-time person. We hope in the future to serve our clients as we have in the past.”
And Schriemer's Now
“In 1994, we joined a buying group called Service Star. This opened up new possibilities for new and different products, as well as some new nursery vendors we weren't able to purchase from previously. The business continued to grow.
The year 1995 was a sad year for the Schriemer family and staff with the passing of my dad. He was such a warm, caring individual that would drop what he was doing and help anyone that needed any help or advice on gardening and growing, and, at times, would even deliver plants and vegetables to a novice gardener needing help.
In 2001, we moved HJS off the premises and John took over as sole owner of HJS, and I took over as sole owner of the store. 2002 was another sad year for everyone with the passing of my mother.
The store continued to grow to the point where we put up a special greenhouse just for our outdoor living products and giftware in 2003. As a part of the Service Star buying group, we have really been able to expand our offerings into outdoor furniture, barbecues and exotic containers.
Schriemer's Home & Garden Showplace continues to encourage the home gardener, just like my father did over the years. We are the only greenhouse in the province to offer rows of seedlings and plugs to the public. We have all the products needed for growing plants, from the seed, the soil, the fertilizers and all the containers for growing from seed to the finished product to set out in your garden. With our knowledgeable, friendly staff, we continue to remain open all year-round to serve our customers and will do so for many years to come.”