By Stephanie Fusco, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada
This past weekend, Canadians across the country placed gorgeous blooms into their home gardens and outdoor spaces. For those in Western Canada, there’s a good chance the stunning florals they purchased at their local Walmart Garden Centre are from Rainbow Greenhouses, based in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
Like many of Walmart Canada’s nearly 2,100 Canadian suppliers, Rainbow Greenhouses is family-owned and operated.
“My wife and I started this business when I was 22, using a single truck I borrowed from my father,” explains Stan Vander Waal, CEO, Rainbow Greenhouses. “Today, we employ more than 600 people and I’m proud to say that my family works with us, too. We like to say it’s all hands on deck – especially during the busy times.”
In the nearly 20 years they’ve been working with Walmart, they’ve seen their business grow and expand: they now supply Western Canada with nearly 500 indoor and outdoor varieties, including hanging baskets, tropicals and a wide variety of pollinator plants, including a Walmart-exclusive Pollinator Passions program.
Together, the Walmart Canada and Rainbow Greenhouses teams work to bring the best assortment of products with amazing value to their shared customers. Looking at ease of care, colour and design trends, the teams develop programs that help customers build out the gardens of their dreams year after year.