Friday, October 29, 2010

My Dream Destination Garden Center

The Hole brothers were born in St. Albert, Alberta to Lois and Ted Hole, elite members of the Canadian horticulture industry.  They are prairie boys, born and bred.  When they do something.......they do it big!  REALLY BIG!

Currently they are working on constructing a GIGANTIC destination garden center they have dubbed the "Enjoy Center".  It's going to house not only a second floor retail greenhouse space, but also an events center.....


 Cafe, Spa and year round FARMER'S MARKET!

I am so EXCITED!  This place is gonna be soooooo cool!

These guys really know how to plan a greenhouse expansion.  But, reading about their project on Steve Whysal's blog today, I started to think that it's really time that Tamara gets her keester in gear and starts planning the Fraser Valley's version of the ENJOY CENTER!

So, let me give you a quick run-down of my little wish list for the future DARVONDA DESTINATION GARDEN CENTER:

A grand EVENTS CENTER complete with a giant chandelier and red carpet.

I would personally assist you in your wedding/corporate event planning.  You would have access to an in-house caterer.......

in-house florist......


in-house evening entertainment.......



including lavish stage productions.....



which our in-house designers will create especially for your event, making it the most special occasion EVER!

Once your event is over, you will be able to walk on over to our INDOOR hot spring park featuring themed hot pools......



all under glass.

After your relaxing dip in the various herbal pools, wander over to the gym for a half hour aerobics class......



or run on the treadmill where you'll have a panoramic 2nd floor view of beautiful Milner village.


While you get a bit of cardio, Gramma and Grampa can take care of the kids at our 18 hole indoor Mini Golf park.


or join a drop-in hockey game at the glass enclosed skating rink (All windows will be shatter proof in this area)!



You will be able to shop our local Farmer's Market in the warmth of our indoor greenhouse where we will have fresh fruit and veggies....



fresh deli meats.......


and, of course, fresh baked bread and cakes from the famous Carlo's Bakery........


at his first sattelite location, specializing in custom cakes that will just blow your mind!



Of course, the most important attraction at the Darvonda Destination Garden Center will be......the GARDEN CENTER!

This is how I would imagine the front lobby of our retail to look....



and you would walk through it to our inspirational gardens......



where the displays would change with the seasons.



So, since we're busy dreaming about what our ideal "ENJOY CENTER" would look like, I'd love to hear from you.  What attractions or services do you think should be in this FABULOUS new garden center?  A Brew Pub, perhaps?  Should we hold FASHION WEEK in our ATRIUM? 

We girls can always dream, right?!

Now make sure you stop on by Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday where you will be able to drool all over your keyboard at the gorgeous garden photos her blogger peeps share every friday.

Another great blog to visit today is My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.  Such wonderful things going on in people's homes and gardens, it's just so inspiring!


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15 Responses to “My Dream Destination Garden Center”

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!!!!!
*hugs*deb

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Well I really love your ideas. Sounds like a fantastic venue you have planned. I loved the photos. Where were they taken? The Holes have been a big part of the Horticulture scene. Their Mom would be proud of them.

tupperwaregal said...

All i can say is wow!! what a great idea, i would certainly want to come visit.
Adalia

g.suzie said...

Amazing idea, dream big! It looks like a destination for anyone to enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Thats it....My hubby is not coming to work today...He's afraid..very afraid!! LOL Lisa

eddieross said...

Sounds amazing!!

E+J

Karen said...

Now that looks like a destination I would love to travel to, and that's saying a lot, since I'm a homebody. A true dream vacation come true! Wow.

Tamara Jansen said...

Here is a list of where the photos contained in my post were taken:

Pictures 1 and 2:
Hole's Enjoy Center, St Albert, Alberta
Pictures 3, 4 and 5:
Our greenhouse, Milner, BC
Pictures 6 and 7:
Guangzhou theme park, China
Pictures 8, 9 and 10:
Miscellaneous locations
Picture 11:
West Edmonton Mall
Picture 12:
Dubai Indoor skating rink
Picture 13 and 14:
Granville Island, Vancouver
Picture 15:
Carlo's Baker, Hoboken, New Jersey
Picture 16:
Replica of Tom Cruise wedding cake
Picture 17,18 and 19:
Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas

Evelyn in Canada said...

You didn't mention babysitting, did you? I'd travel to your "Enjoy Centre" for sure! But now you've also got me excited about the Hole's centre. I've watched it going up and wondered about their plans. Thanks for the update - I can't wait until they open.

By the way, you could totally carry off some of your visionary dreams. The wedding pictures in your greenhouse looked awesome.

Marina said...

Something is missing....AN AIRPORT!!!How WE, from the other countries, will meet the place?

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun place to check out sometime when we are in St. Albert visiting family. Alida

momofcrt said...

how about massage tables surrounded by fresh cut flowers while in a room next door with the sound piped through, soothing orchestral music plays.....

Rosa said...

I drive by the Enjoy center five days a week and I am sure looking forward to visiting!
It does not look like they are going to be ready to open next month though!
It always make me think of the trials you guys went through with your new greenhouse!
You are going to have to add an extra day the next time you come up so we can check it out together!

Colleen said...

Hmmm... an arcade to keep my husband busy while I'm perusing all the other neato things :)

Anonymous said...

your a crazy woman, but call me when the planning begins! I want in :P I'll help make that mini put absolutely childtastic!

Lydia