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W.G.Mills Bio

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W. Gordon Mills, Owner and Grower

Gordon, the youngest of 5 children, started gardening at the age of 4 or 5 at his family home in northern Ontario. His summers were spent in the garden taking direction from his father, a keen gardener, maintaining the large mixed borders.

In his late teens, Gordon moved to Toronto to pursue a career as a professional photographer. For 30 years he worked in the photography industry working at the Globe & Mail, in the music industry, for the famous Tibor Horvath and as a self-employed commercial photographer. All through this time he gardened as a hobby and maintained his own perennial gardens in Toronto and Oakville. In 1996, with his wife Lana, the couple opened Canada's first 24-hour professional photo finishing lab.

In 2000, seeking a break from the 24/7 life in the city, Gordon moved to the couple's rugged 200 acre property in north Hastings county. There he maintained the large perennials beds that he had established since the purchase of the property 2 years earlier. In addition, he planted and maintained a 50'x100' organic vegetable garden bordered by 100 year old apple trees. The vegetable garden and apple trees yielded potatoes, tomatoes, beets, carrots, onions, corn, pumpkins and of course apples, that, stored in the root cellar, provided home grown food through the long winters. The early spring time was busy too, as he and Lana collected sap with their horses, Jessie and Rosie, from the maple bush and made their own maple syrup.

In 2003, the couple moved to the "gentler" Northumberland County and Gordon opened GardenHouse Perennials in 2004, first at a small downtown location in Cobourg, and then, at the current location in Morganston. He has plans to restore the old "Cheese Factory" that serves as the store and is surrounded by display gardens and beds of daylilies and peonies.

Gordon grows a unique selection of perennial plants. These plants are available "unforced" in pots at the nursery each spring. In addition, bare root daylilies and peonies can be purchased online from the website

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