Nestled back on a quiet lot on Ostrander Road, VanHoucke’s Country Garden Nursery is just the right size for Anne VanHoucke and her husband Roger. For those who have never visited before, keep your eyes peeled for the signs on Highway 19 and Ostrander Road that direct you to the site or you just might miss it. Trust us, you don’t want to!
VanHoucke’s Country Garden Nursery had modest beginnings but has grown into a successful and fulfilling business. Anne was raised on a farm and always loved country living. When she and her husband began to raise their own family in the country they planted trees to shelter their lot. Before they knew it, people were coming to their door to ask if the trees were for sale. The VanHoucke’s saw an opportunity and opened a small nursery that allowed Anne to stay home with her kids while exploring something she loved to do. Since then, it has grown considerably but Anne and Roger try to remain true to the nursery’s country roots. VanHoucke’s specializes in a wide variety of plants, trees, flowers and shrubs that are sure to please the pickiest of homeowners.
Not sure what you want? Fear not! Co-owner Anne VanHoucke is more than happy to assist you in picking out what type of tree and landscaping is right for your yard. She will sit down with you and sketch out a plan tailored to your needs. The nursery and its surrounding gardens reflect the beauty of Oxford County. On a typical spring day, one can walk through the lot and see a plethora of birds including oriels and humming birds. Stroll by the pond (currently under construction due to a pesky muskrat which Anne tells us is “cute as a button”) or snap a few photographs of the site. What could be better than basking in the sunshine and going home with a few new additions for your yard? What’s next? Anne is hoping that in the spring or fall, the nursery will start teaching horticultural and landscaping seminars once more. This includes on site instructions about growing and maintaining one’s landscape. The site is a testament to how valuable these courses will be! If you’re looking to spruce up your yard this spring, why not plan a visit to VanHoucke’s Country Garden Nursery? You won’t be disappointed!