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Euclid Farms operates a full-fledged flower growing operation in downtown Toronto.Kyle Phillips/Handout

You might be surprised to discover a full-fledged flower growing operation in downtown Toronto, but that’s exactly where Euclid Farms operates. In 2017, Shannon Whelan started growing flowers in her yard on Euclid Avenue, a quiet residential street in Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood. Over time, some of her neighbours came on board, lending Whelan their yards in exchange for her gardening services. “My goal is for all summer long, all the flowers that we sell are 100-per-cent locally grown by myself and other small farmers,” she says.

In October, Whelan opened her first retail store where she sells her arrangements as well as single stems. “I’m fascinated with growing and loved the idea of buying seeds and growing flowers in my own garden that were completely different than what you could find in a regular flower store,” she says of her blooms, which include rare types of zinnias, foxgloves, bee balm and cosmos, open-faced dahlias and fringed tulips. “It is more expensive per stem but it’s definitely more interesting,” she says. Another popular offering is dried flowers and grasses, like bunny tails and pampas grass. When she’s open, Whelan has a dried flower bar in the store for customers to build their own bouquets.

This year, Whelan will start planting seeds that she’s collected and hopes to one day sell her own seeds at her shop. It’s all part of her plan to spread the joy that flowers can bring. “I want beautiful flowers to be accessible.”

Euclid Farms, 913 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-603-3276,


The Roxie Bouquet, $75.


The Valentine’s Day Arrangement, $105.


The Maeve Bouquet, $40.

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