Lawn & Garden Services in Midtown Toronto & East York

End-of-Season Speech by our Head Gardener

  • Hi, everyone.
  • It’s really nice to be here with all of you.
  • This is a BIG step up from our Zoom meeting last year.
  • First off, a few thanks –
  • To James, Robin, Kaysha and Jade for putting together this party.
  • And to our family and friends for coming out tonight to celebrate with us.
  • And most of all to our 2021 team – for an amazing season.
  • Gardenzilla opened in August of 2014, a little over seven years ago.
  • In that time, we have grown into one of Toronto’s best-known and best-rated garden teams.
  • Looking back it’s been an amazing journey
  • Jim, here since 2016.
  • James and Graeme, here since 2017.
  • Robin and Wallace, here since 2018.
  • And in 2019, many familiar faces joining – Sara, Josh, Kailan, Jesse, Hilary, Kaysha, Simon, Vittor, Kevin and Zach.
  • In the 2020 pandemic year, we welcomed Jim Cotton, Ryan, Sean, Mackenzie, and Lukas.
  • And in 2021, we were joined by Abid, Jade, Claire, Grace, Tom, Mary, Yu, Jess, Tiffany, Lee-Ann, and Harry.
  • The work we do has meaning –
  • Our clients are busy professionals, middle-income families and seniors who rely on our skills and expertise.
  • The reviews and feedback we receive daily tell a story about their trust in us, and the way our work improves their lives.
  • I have spent my entire adult career in this industry, and the team assembled here tonight is the finest I have worked with.
  • Robin, James, Kaysha and I last updated our Mission, Vision and Values in the winter of 2019.
  • In them, we put our Staff first, our Customers second, and our Bottom Line third.
  • It is something that goes into every business decision we make, and I deeply believe those values have made us stronger and more successful as a team.
  • Going into 2022, I want to put two more values ahead of that bottom line –
  • Our Community, and
  • Our Planet.
  • I have three children of my own, and many of you have or plan to have families of your own, too.
  • I want to leave them a better world than the one we are living in, and I want to tell them proudly about the work that we’re doing here.
  • We will continue to grow and evolve as a company, and I know we will succeed, because I believe in the people here together tonight.
  • It’s become something of an annual tradition for me to share a Gardenzilla-by-the-numbers about what we accomplished through the season. Some of these are pretty crazy.
  • 4 – the number of battery powered tools we have in the company. I’ll update you again next winter.
  • 20 – the number of vehicles in our fleet. James and I bought our second and third vehicle just four and a half years ago.
  • 33 – the number of people working at Gardenzilla mid-season this year.
  • 170 – the number of five-star reviews we received.
  • 742 – the number of properties we maintained. More than doubled since 2018.
  • 5,000 – dollars donated to the daily bread food bank, to support the community that supports us
  • 23,000 – approximate number of visits we made to client properties this year.
  • 27,240 – number of yard waste bags used this year. Next year we’ll try to get ones with actual glue holding them together. 😛
  • 31,000 – the liters of fuel we used to power vehicles and small engine equipment. We’ll be working hard to bring that number down in future years.
  • 33,000 – the number of hours we collectively worked together since April
  • $2.6 million – our expected sales for the year, up almost 45% from last year
  • I have a two more awards to hand out, based on our payroll records –
  • First up is the Attendance Award, which goes to the person with the most consistent days worked. This year we had a two-way tie – congratulations and thanks to
  • Kaysha & MacKenzie
  • Zach, Wallace and Jim Binn were honorary runners up.
  • Second is for most hours worked. It was a close call this year, but the award for most hours worked goes to
  • Zach
  • Sara, Simon, Kevin, Grace, Tom, Claire and Jesse were all close runners up.
  • It has been my genuine privilege to work alongside all of you this year.
  • I have many happy memories from this season –
  • Finally getting to see your faces again, as mask restrictions lifted –
  • Seeing Robin take a turn at blower ball at the company BBQ –
  • Celebrating another season of Jim Cotton in shorts –
  • Seeing Wallace and Jade transform into our very own Mr. and Mrs. Claus
  • and
  • Seeing the way you jumped in to help one another without even asking this November
  • I really look forward to hearing your feedback and goals over the winter, and
  • I really hope to see each of you back here next spring.
  • Most importantly – for our snow team this year – I will be hoping for
  • A green Christmas.
  • Happy holidays everyone.