Final season for IC Greenhouses
as owner plans to retire

By Liz Dadson

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Double Impatiens blooming at IC Greenhouses, located just two miles east of Highway 21 on the 6th of Huron-Kinloss

Etty Broer works with flowering plants at IC Greenhouses

After 30 years working in her beloved greenhouses, Ida Piel is planning to retire.

This is the final season for IC Greenhouses, located just two miles east of Highway 21 on the 6th of Huron-Kinloss.

It was a slow start this year as spring planting began at the end of March. Piel, owner/operator of the business, said the harsh winter saw several feet of snow covering the greenhouses, causing some damage.

But the repairs have been done and IC Greenhouses is ready for business.

New this year, are Fairy Gardens, featuring miniature plants and benches. They can be purchased ready-made or custom-made. Or purchase the pieces and create your own.

The greenhouses are blooming with a variety of annuals and perennials, but there are no regular seed impatiens this year due to a virus that has attacked these plants.

There are Whopper Begonias, Divine Impatiens, and New Guinea Impatiens available, as well as lots of hanging baskets.

As she prepares to retire, Piel is putting on display some Christmas items at 25% off. She also encourages customers who have gift certificates to use them up before closing day which is Dec. 20.

Stop in at IC Greenhouses and enjoy a breath of spring while you browse through the beautiful flowers and plants.

The greenhouses will be open before Mother's Day for you to purchase flowers for your mom on her special day.

The spring open house will be held Friday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regular hours of operation after Mother's Day, are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After July 1, the hours of operation will be Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Geranium plants just starting to bloom

Whopper Begonias

IC Greenhouses owner/operator Ida Piel's granddaughter, Sophia Piel, 4, smells a Biden flower while helping out with the Double Impatiens in the greenhouse

Marilyn Lauzon works with the "Million Bells" flowers

Etty Broer (L) and Ida Piel hold a couple of hanging baskets available at IC Greenhouses

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