In the mid-80s, the Kennema’s purchased a farm in Monkton, Ontario and turned it into a productive sheep farm where they developed agri- and eco-tourism. By 1989, Sabina's flower hobby had blossomed into a flourishing business they called Highlight Blooming Centre.
Looking back, it's not hard to understand why GreenWay Blooming Centre is flourishing. It has all the elements of a business success story – a solid background in horticulture, an innovative spirit, a strong work ethic, a loyal staff, and good old 'European hospitality'.
Sabina, a professional florist in Switzerland, has a strong background in European garden plants and an eye for design and colour. Kees, whose agricultural background includes plant breeding and seed research, has traveled the world in a corporate environment.
Kees built a greenhouse for Sabina's dried flowers in 1992. They added some bedding plants to fill up the extra space and, in fact, became the first farmers to produce patio tomatoes. That innovation was a huge success. Today, Highlight Blooming Centre is a modern 20,000 sq. ft. greenhouse complex where they grow their own beautiful annuals, fascinating perennial collection, fragrant winter-hardy roses, fresh herbs, and Butterfly and Hummingbird attracting plants.
Acting on another opportunity, the Kennema’s purchased an established nursery in Breslau, Ontario in 1997. This new enterprise – now GreenWay Blooming Centre – allowed them to increase their popular hanging baskets from a mere 250 in 1992, to thousands of hanging baskets today in many different sizes and shapes. Unique combinations of new plants with common favorites are sold with the best advice to ensure that you will enjoy your flowers during the summer and fall. Truly a family business, the Kennema’s continue to live their dream at Greenway Blooming Centre. Their three sons have developed the same strong work ethic and share the same love of nature as their parents. They have now finished their University education and are always ready to give a hand when in the area. They apply the life skills learned to their own careers.
The innovation continues as GreenWay Blooming Centre offers unique and exotic Canada-hardy plants from Europe, South America and New Zealand; garden workshops and seminars; habitat restoration, butterfly gardening, heritage plants, and more.
Under the mentorship of John G. Powers - The Butterfly Man® - we developed a Butterfly Farm for Monarch Butterflies and a Butterfly Conservatory for tropical butterflies. A member of both, the Canadian Butterfly Breeders Association and the International Butterfly Breeders Association, we breed butterflies for release at special occasions in August and September. We have a beautiful exposition of the butterfly collection of John Powers in our Butterfly Farm and Conservatory building.
From June till October, the Kennema family opens the doors of the Butterfly Farm and Conservatory offering informative displays, a seminar room for workshops and school and bus and group visits.
Come, walk around and experience GreenWay Blooming Centre for yourself. Let the kids play in the large indoor sandbox or visit our farm animals while you pick out your plants for the garden. Don’t be surprised if you're greeted by a Butterfly or Hummingbird from the natural habitat in the nursery. The Kennema family and staff are on hand to answer your questions, offer advice, deliver your plants to your vehicle, and share their growing passion.