If you have found yourself driving along highway 10 out of Orangeville, heading north towards 89, you have likely noticed that it’s not much of a drive. As with so many of our country roads, the only thing the scenery really has to offer are long fields broken up by the occasional home or business. If you’re lucky enough, however, to have decided to turn in when you saw the sign for 10 and 10 Garden Centre – perhaps you were thinking about the last piece you need for your garden, or the planters you still need to fill – then you will already know what I mean when I say that you are in for a real treat. Filled with more than just great planting options, and a stunning display of 3000 grown in house hanging baskets suspended from the ceiling from March to May, new customers time and time again are surprised by the great décor options their gift shop also has to offer. Stepping through their doors is leaving the same-old, same-old of the highway for a bright, seasonal wonderland – at any time of the year.
While there may be many garden centres around, one of the things that really sets 10 and 10 apart, is their variety of high quality, well grown plants, most of which are grown on site. Thanks, in part, to their heritage, owners Asha, Jasbir, Nishan and Chantel have a great variety of exotic plants from all over the world that you would not find in other places, and those amazing hanging baskets have become a specialty they are happy to share with everyone who walks through their doors.
Though 10 and 10 is about more than just the products that they sell; giving back to the community and those that are most in need is very important to them. Over the last year, as the world threw so many people a curveball from which they didn’t know how to recover from, 10 and 10 has really been working on growing their charity involvement and ways that they are giving back to the community. So much so that they have been recognized for their work and generosity with a Dufferin Board of Trade Community Builder’s award. This is an achievement which is particularly special to them for they know the number of people that they have helped for them to earn it.
From donating money and PPE to hospitals early last year, giving out trees and pumpkins to families in need during the holidays, and raising over $2500 in gifts cards for those in need this past Christmas they have really put a great deal of work into helping others. In 2020 alone, they raised nearly $50 000! One fundraiser that they ran last year and are very excited to turn into a yearly tradition is donating 10% of all their earnings in the month of May to several charities, of their choosing, to be decided upon based on the need and demand at the time.
If you’re starting to think that the team at 10 and 10 is too generous for their own good, and are becoming a little worried about what might happen to them, don’t be. They’re in good hands under the watchful eye of their security guard: Rockwell, the rooster.
A rescue from GLO Farm Sanctuary – something that is very close to their hearts – Rocky can’t be around other birds, but he seems to be right at home, strutting around 10 and 10, charming people into giving him his favourite treats (and whining when he doesn’t get them), and rightfully appearing as if he owns the place. Asha, Jasbir, Nishan and Chantel thought that they were doing Rockwell a favour bringing him in, but he’s been helping them. People from all over have been coming in just to see Rocky. If you want to visit yourself, Rocky would like you to know that grapes, blueberries and natural, unsalted shelled sunflower seeds are his favourite treats – and be sure to keep an eye out for his social media page.
At the end of the day, the 10 and 10 team have given so much back because they know how much they owe to the community and customers who continue to support them; they would like to thank everyone who came in in 2020 and look forward to seeing you all again in 2021.
So, next time you’re taking a drive down good ol’ highway 10, be sure to make that turn into 10 and 10 Garden Centre, say hi to Rocky, get yourself something nice for your home or garden – and maybe even help them give a little something back. You won’t be sorry that you did.
WRITTEN BY: JILLIAN KENT | RESOURCES: 10 and 10 GARDEN CENTRE, MONO