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. Ben also specialized in importing and displaying an amazing assortment of cactus plants - from which the annual Dundas Cactus Festival was named.
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 began to evolve from simply being plant maintenance to what we like to think of as "Plant Care." In that word Care is the seed of a very important Bigger Idea behind cultivating the growth of live plants in the workplace.
Peter and the team now service the greater Hamilton area and London, Ontario.