Celebrating 75 Years...
Water Gardens was founded in the late 1920's by Monte B. Moore
at his family residence in Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada. In
the early 1930's the nursery was moved to its present location,
just north of the village of Port Stanley.
Gardens has been family owned and operated for three generations,
always specializing in waterlilies and aquatic plants. Plants
are grown on site where varieties are tested for hardiness
and vigour, before being offered for sale. New varieties
are introduced annually.
are encouraged to strive for naturally balanced ponds whenever
possible. Our dedicated, knowledgeable staff are always pleased
to provide information and advice. Moore Water Gardens has
a long tradition of dependability, integrity and attention
We at Moore
Water Gardens look forward to seeing you in person, or you
can contact us by fax, telephone, mail or email. Thank you
for your interest in water gardening.
And staff at Moore Water Gardens
of Moore Water Gardens
concept of a water gardening business began in the 1920’s
at the Port Stanley summer residence of the late John S.
Moore. Orginally from England, John S. was an avid gardener
who created an extensive garden using several interconnected
concrete ponds as its focal point. He stocked his water garden
with water lilies and aquatic plants purchased from the United
States because, as yet there were no Canadian growers. This
home still remains in the Moore family.
Right: Port Stanley residence of John S. Moore, 1920’s
Mont B Moore 1901-1973 |
son of John S., was born in London, Ontario in 1901. After
obtaining a MSc degree in entomology from the University
of Florida, Mont decided to purchase a wetland area just
north of Port Stanley in the early 1930’s. This was
to become the site of his Water Garden Nursery. A series
of ponds were dug by hand, a greenhouse was erected and Moore
Water Gardens was founded. It soon became a trusted source
for quality aquatic plants and expert advice.
Water Gardens in the 1930’s
wife, Isobel, joined the small staff working in the ponds,
propagating and preparing plants for shipment. In those
early years, daily shipments of bareroot plants and fish
began their journey to our customers across Canada on the
London & Port Stanley Railway. At the present time,
potted plants leave Port Stanley via courier and Canada
Post or customer pick up.
and greenhouse in the 1940’s
comments received from our early customers:
order arrived yesterday morning. I found everything in
first class condition- both plants and fish, and wish
to thank you for the satisfactory way you have filled
my order. I also wish to thank you for the extras; they
have come in all three packages.”
May 19th, 1938. Montreal, QC.
appreciate your courtesy and promptness in executing
even small orders. We have bought water plants from your
Gardens for the past three or four years and have always
found them satisfactory.”
C. Millen July 18, 1940.
lilies have been greatly admired by all who have seen
them and have been full of bloom since May, with more
buds coming. They are such satisfactory flowers with
so little work.”
F.O.W. Aug 4, 1942.
wonderful success with my lilies – they sure multiplied
and are the talk of the town.”
G.H.Y. St. James,
MN Dec 13 1949.
family with Mont and Isobel by one of our early ponds .
of the well known water lily hybridizers such as
Martin Randig, Perry Slocum and Walter Pagels began
visiting Moore Water Gardens. They have provided
the namesakes for several of today’s popular
Sue See (Moore)
the years passed, ponds were added and the greenhouse expanded.
Mont’s children, John and Sue joined the staff and
obtained degrees in Horticulture and Biology, respectively.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s the interest in
ponds increased. Cement tanks were installed to accommodate
more plants during the growing season. Iris and daylilies,
as well as miniature roses were added to the plant selection.
the grandchildren, Angie and Mark Moore, and Farley and
Tammy See became old enough to “work in
the ponds” on weekends and summer holidays, gaining
an appreciation for water plants.
remained active in the business until a few days before
his death in 1973. At this time, John pursued a highschool
teaching career and the business was managed by and later
taken over by Sue.
1980’s and 1990’s saw the introduction of
fibreglass pools and flexible liners, making it possible
for more people to install their own ponds with less
labour and expense. Sue’s husband, Larry, manufactured
fibreglass ponds on site.
. The result was a new wave of watergardeners anxious to “get
their feet wet.”
1993, after obtaining his degree in commerce, Farley
See joined the business full time, and we are now well
into the third generation. As the popularity of water
gardening has increased over the years, our facilities
and staff have expanded to accommodate the demand.
the present time Moore Water Gardens supplies a large
selection of Canadian grown plants and products across
the country from its original site in Port Stanley.
Water Gardens in the late 1990’s
many things have changed over the last three quarters of
a century, our goal at Moore Water Gardens has remained
the same as it was when Mont began – to provide quality
plants at fair prices, with superior service and knowledge.
Main greenhouse reconstructed in 2003 |
invite you to visit Moore Water Gardens this year, not
only to view the ponds and chat with our staff, but to
gain an appreciation of the long and uninterrupted family
tradition of instilling interest in water gardening.