Green Haven Garden Centre is celebrating our 40th year in business in 2017. We are still “Growing Just for You”. It was started in 1977 by Irvin and Lyla Leishner and two of their daughters, Karen Barby and Gail Smith.
Irvin was working full-time as detective sergeant for the Lethbridge City Police and Lyla was a loans officer for CIBC.
They felt the need to start a garden centre and greenhouse business in the Lethbridge area to give them an opportunity to retire from their professions at a young age but still continue to be productive in a self-employed business.
Karen and Gail began working for the business as soon as it opened and they are now part owners/managers.
The greenhouse part of the business has been growing in size and number of products for the last 40 years. Currently, Green Haven has two large retail greenhouses with nine more single houses for production totalling 40,000 square feet of growing area for bedding plants.
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In 1998, the business did a major expansion to include a 5,000 sq.ft. store attached to the 10,000 sq.ft. retail house. The outdoor area was realigned to connect to the new store and a large fence erected around the space for retail perennials, trees, shrubs and evergreens.
The store has seen huge changes as it has expanded into selling garden supplies, as well as giftware, jewellery and fashion accessories. Christmas time is another venture that Green Haven has expanded into the selling of fresh and artificial trees, as well as themed ornaments and decorations that will appeal to all ages. It is truly a Christmas Wonderland around Christmastime.
Our newest addition is the Perennial Haven, a functional greenhouse and retail area designed to house our expanding line of perennials
Green Haven has been a labour of love for the Leishner family and with the dedication of their wonderful staff they will continue to serve the Lethbridge area for many years to come.