Garden Centre Stories

Unfortunately, shopping for neonicotinoid-free plants is not as easy as it should be!

While many retailers report they are taking action on neonics, consumers have wrote to let us know that their in-store experiences were a little different than expected.

Read the stories below from Canadian gardeners who went shopping for neonic-free plants, and submit your own story!


I wandered around the garden centre for a few minutes looking for a sign which would point me in the direction of the neonicotinoid-free plants.  I couldn’t find anything like that so I asked a cashier who called the supervisor over…

Click here to read the full story from Marion in Toronto


I am a plant and bee LOVER. All of my seedlings are heritage, and non-GMO. My family gave me a lot of bedding plants for Mother’s Day. How do I know if they are toxic…

Click here to read the full story from Colleen in BC


I asked my neighbour to go to Rona for me to buy flowers for the yard, and to ask which ones had no neonicotinoids…

Click here to read the full story from Agi in Toronto


I went to my local Farmboy outlet at Britannia Plaza in Ottawa to purchase Bougainvillias. 
When I asked whether they had been treated with neonics, the manager at first did not know what this meant…

Click here to read the full story from Barbara in Ottawa


I started contacting growers and suppliers , listed below for Canadian Tire, and Home Depot., etc. They are very upfront and honest , when asked if they treat their plants with Neonic pesticides…

Click here to read the full story from Linda in BC


So far, I have only managed to plant pansies from Whole Foods as that is the only place one can source plants not preloaded with pesticide.  I visited GardenWorks, hoping to get some purple cone flowers or some other indigenous plants…

Click here to read the full story from Ros in Toronto

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