Urban Green was started by Bob Tigchelaar, in the mid 70's in association with Ben Veldhuis, a Dundas area greenhouse grower and early importer of many tropical plant varieties. Ben had a major influence on the growing use of live plants in indoor workplace environments, supplying clients throughout Ontario with plant stock.
In late 1980, Bob turned the sole proprietorship of the business over to his son, Peter, who began to operate it under the name of Urban Green. From the beginning, the idea has been a simple one: to supply quality interior foliage plants, primarily to workplace environments, and to deliver a viable and consistent service of care for them. Over time, the business evolved to include living walls and the associated technology.
Urban Green is now operated by James Cuthbert, who took over the business from Peter in 2018. Peter remains as a valued special consultant and the team now services the greater Hamilton area and London, Ontario.