Ted, Sandy (co-owners) and daughter Melissa Spearing
Our farm in 1967, known then as the Jennings Farm.
Building the large gutter-connected range in 2000.
Warm propagation house for cuttings, 2013.
We keep growing, for you.
Our mission and passion has always been to provide high quality landscape solutions, ready when you need them. Our motto is quality and quantity; we are specialized in ground covers so our products meet your highest expectations.
Ground Covers Unlimited is a well-established perennial nursery, located in Bethany, Ontario, Canada, servicing garden centres, landscape contractors and architects, rewholesale nurseries, municipalities and ecological restoration specialists. We have 25,000 sq. ft. of production greenhouse space, plus 18 polyhouses for overwintering of hardy material, and about six acres of intensive field and stock production. The rest of the 100-acre property has been maintained as a managed woodlot and restored wetland area.
Who We Are
Ted and Sandy Spearing met at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture in Niagara Falls, Ontario. After graduation, they settled into the village of Bethany and began establishing perennial nursery stock on Ted's family farm. As the business grew, as well as our family, we purchased the current farm in 1986.
The nursery began to take shape with the installation of the large irrigation pond and tile drainage, lathe houses, a potting shed and a propagation house. Hoophouses were added continuously as demand for Ontario-grown perennials grew. Field multiplication of larger perennials occupied larger and larger areas of field space. In 2000, the large gutter-connected pit-house was built, designed into grade for energy efficiency. At every step of expansion, we have done our due diligence to protect our land and water, and operate with these stewardship principles in mind.
Demand for native plants has also grown in the past decade and after her own graduation from the School of Horticulture in 2013, daughter Melissa Spearing returned to the business with an interest in seed science and collection. She recently participated in seed conservation training at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew Gardens in England and the National Tree Seed Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is interested in producing more Ontario species from local seed sources, and is also taking on a more active role in business management as the details of health, safety, legislation and technology increase.
We value our core staff, long-standing customers, and the reputation we have worked so hard to build, like many in the industry.
Our commitment to quality and high performing landscape plants has earned us several Landscape Ontario distinction awards we are proud of:
1999 Grower's Award of Excellence:
Hedera helix 'Thorndale' (English Ivy)
2004 Awards of Excellence in Vines & Groundcovers:
Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen)
2005 Awards of Excellence in Vines & Groundcovers:
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Bearberry)
2009 Awards of Excellence in Vines & Groundcovers:
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)
2018 Awards of Excellence in Vines & Groundcovers:
Cornus canadensis (Bunchberry)