We all know that bees and other pollinators are crucial to our ecosystem and without their help, we would never be able to grow enough food to survive. That's why we're taking action to help protect our vulnerable insect species by sending FREE wildflower seeds with every online order until May 22nd.
We also have unique bee, butterfly, and insect hotels for sale that give pollinators a safe place to live in your garden, farm, or backyard.
Did you know that Newfoundland bees are especially important? They are free of the invasive parasites that affect honey bees elsewhere in the world. You can learn more about that here: http://earthsky.org/earth/healthy-honey-bees-discovered-in-newfoundland
Introducing the freshest flower shop in Downtown St. Johns: Flowers on Buchanan!
Located in the same building as The Seed Company by E.W. Gaze, Flowers on Buchanan is a full service floral boutique offering cut flower bouquets and arrangements, as well as unique houseplants, bonsai trees, holiday wreaths, and much more.
Building on the successful rebranding of Gaze Seeds, we wished to expand into a year-round business, and opening a flower shop seemed like a natural fit. "My great grandfather E.W. Gaze, who started this company in 1925, was an avid gardener of both vegetables and flowers" said Peter Byrne, who along with business partner Brittany Elliott took over the historic seed company in late 2014. "He would definitely have approved of this exciting new venture".
Our shop's head florist and manager, Barry Cousens, has 28 years experience in floral design and is eager to bring his creativity to the table. "We would like to provide this city with an option for beautiful floral arrangements without breaking the bank". With reasonable prices and a convenient downtown location, Flowers on Buchanan is poised to become a household name when looking for flowers for celebration, a meaningful memorial, for love, sympathy, or just for fun.
"Nothing says it better than a beautiful bouquet or perfect plant from Flowers on Buchanan".
We love supporting local charities who aim to improve food security in our province, especially for those less fortunate. When we were approached by the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador to assist with their Bridges to Hope food garden, we gladly donated the seed potatoes to start them off.
With the help of the patrons and volunteers of the Elaine Dobbin Centre, over 110lbs of potatoes were harvested this fall and given to a local food bank, who are always looking for healthy, local produce to distribute. Not only did this project help those in need of good food, it was also a valuable experience for the autistic children and youth who helped out in the garden, developing their teamwork and social skills while being outdoors and interacting with nature.
You can read more about the story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/potatoes-autism-society-bridges-for-hope-donation-1.3264104
Here's an audio CBC NL story on the garden. If you have 5 minutes, it's worth the listen:
We were happy to have been recently featured on NTV News' "Made Right Here" with Danielle Butt. The support and encouragement we've received over the past few months has been fantastic and we are very excited for the future of this company.
When Peter Byrne, great grandson of store founder E.W. Gaze, decided to purchase Gaze Seed Company in December of 2014, he knew it needed a refreshed image in order to thrive in the today's market.
Changing the name wasn't an easy decision, but with the help of local marketing firm Dc Design House, a new name was chosen that speaks to the current generation while respecting the rich history of the business. More information on that project can be found in this post on Dc's blog: http://dcdesignhouse.ca/seed-company/
If you grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador you may recognize some of the below iterations of the Gaze Seed Co. logo:
Here's what the new logo looks like. The face at the bottom is E.W. himself:
Note: We recently discovered that the business was actually founded in 1925, not 1930! We updated the logo to suit, and are happy to be celebrating 90 years in business this year.