The Nova Scotia Greenhouse Industry

The greenhouse industry consists of approximately 100 growers who together have in excess of 2 million square feet of production space under glass or plastic. The industry generates over $22.7 million in gross sales annually, making it one of the most important sectors of the NS agricultural economy. The sector employs over 655 people.

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The Greenhouse Industry & Your Community

Greenhouse operations are spread across the province from Yarmouth to Cape Breton. They are owned by local entrepreneurs who contribute to the strength of their community in the following ways:

  • Providing employment for local residents,
  • Providing local expertise in plant identification/care/use,
  • Producing products which enhance individuals' lifestyle and enrich the community,
  • Providing individualized customer service

Nova Scotia greenhouses produce a vast variety of plant materials and food items. The list below identifies various crop types produced, with relevant examples of each:

  • Annuals - marigold to million bells (trademark)
  • Cut Flowers - roses to chrysanthemums
  • Hanging Baskets - fushia to begonia
  • Herbs - basil to echinacea
  • Patio Planters - mixed flowering containers
  • Perennials - hosta to day lily
  • Potted Flowers - poinsettias to fall mums
  • Vegetables - tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers
  • Trees - Christmas tree seedlings, fruit, ornamental