Marlin Orchards & Garden Centre
Our destination garden centre has been a fixture in our community for over 50 years. Our family has been proud to grow the freshest apples, best quality plants and give you the best gardening advice.
There has never been a better time to start growing your own and creating wonderful gardens, and who better to give you a helping hand than Marlin’s!
Our greenhouses are bursting with great colour for your pots and containers. We have new heirloom tomatoes, herbs, and unusual veggies for you to plant. Our large tree, shrub and perennial displays will make it easy for you to pick the right plants for your landscape, and with our advice you will be able to design picture perfect gardens. Our gift shop has many decorative accessories for the home or garden, and of course our gift certificates are always a delight to receive!
Get back in touch with all the things you love about the outdoors and gardening. Visit us soon … we’d love to see you!
How it all started
Ann and Bill Marlin were looking for a property out in the country. They came across a beautiful home with an apple farm, and decided to make the move from Cornwall. Along with their young daughters Diane and Susan, the Marlin family began to grow this small apple farm into a flourishing business.
One afternoon, a car traveling along County Road 2 lost control of their vehicle, and crashed into the apple stand. Diane was in the stand tuning up her bicycle. She was able to escape just as the car demolished the apple stand.
A New Beginning
The Marlin family decided to rebuild the apple stand at the top of Orchard Road, beside the orchard. They built the store, along with a refrigeration room that gave them the capability to expand the orchard and apple storage.
Time for more growth
With the apple farm doing well, Ann and Bill wanted to expand their business and add another element that would work around the schedule of apple growing. They decided to build a few cold frames, and start growing plants. Over the years, the cold frames expanded to greenhouses and the development of a full nursery began.
Passing the torch
Ann and Bill’s daughter, Diane, along with her husband George Lunan, purchased the business and took over as the second generation. The Lunans expanded the garden centre into a complete garden centre with annuals, vegetable plants, trees and shrubs. Fields were worked up to grow pumpkins and gourds to sell in the fall months. They also started a home décor area of the store, featuring giftware for the home, as well as outdoor garden features.
50 years and still family
Marlin Orchards celebrated its 50th anniversary! The 3rd generation was well underway, as Diane and George’s three children, Kris, Alexandra and Hannah were all working on the family farm. The Marlins apiary was big enough to extract and sell fresh honey, and the business continued to grow.
Growing in our community
Today, Marlin Orchards & Garden Centre is a fixture in the community. Known for not only growing top quality apples and plants, Marlins friendly and knowledgeable staff makes your visit an enjoyable one.