Meet the Team

Ed Weesjes
Ed WeesjesOwner and Grower
Ed’s love of flowers and plants began while growing them as a side hobby in the tomato greenhouses he owned across the road with his father and brother. Ed takes great pride in the business he and his wife, Annette started from the ground up – literally! Ed can be found organizing crops including planting, watering and growing. Ed’s attention to detail and learned knowledge of crop production is part of what makes Family Flowers quality consistent year after year. Ed also enjoys the social aspect of working alongside great staff and conversation with regular customers who come to visit.
Annette Weesjes
Annette WeesjesOwner and Office Manager
Annette, along with her husband Ed own and operate the family business. Annette can be found in the greenhouses working alongside the staff at any given time, and then transitions to the office to take care of the paperwork and ordering side of things. Annette enjoys creating planting mixes and staying ahead of the trends with flowers and gardening. Annette’s knowledge and experience in the greenhouse business has been years in the making and is an asset to daily operations at Family Flowers. She is no stranger to successful family run business, as she grew up working in her family’s butcher shop in Southwestern Ontario.
Jacklyn Versnick
Jacklyn VersnickRetail Manager
Daughter of Ed + Annette, Jacklyn began in the business of selling flowers at a young age, off of an old wooden picnic table alongside the highway, with a little metal money box and a folder to handwrite each sale. “25 years later, I still have a few customers who come in and remember buying flowers from me off the picnic table. Now my children work alongside me, and hopefully will be able to tell the same story!” Jacklyn enjoys the special event planning and marketing for each month, and inspiring customers with colourful and lively solutions for every season.
Mark Weesjes
Mark WeesjesPlant Manager
Son of Ed and Annette, Mark oversees the planting, growing and shipping of the Wholesale division, as well as general maintenance of the greenhouse operation and machinery. Mark can be seen as the definition of ‘jack of all trades’ – you can throw anything his way and he will fix it and make it work. Mark has automated all of the windows, heat and temperature controls within the greenhouses to make for smoother everyday operations for everyone, and better quality control with the crops.
Ena VandenBrink
Ena VandenBrinkPlanter
Sister to Ed, Ena is a retired dairy farmer, and enjoys spending seasons planting in the sunshine filled greenhouses. When you pick up your spring baskets, Easter flowers, poinsettias, garden mums and houseplants, there’s a good chance Ena had her hand in that plant – literally! Ena also cares for the gardens outside around the property.
Chris Hatch
Chris Hatch Retail Sales
Chris is the smiley, happy retail “sellebrity” you see when you enter the Retail doors at Family Flowers! She is an integral part of making sure your visit is a friendly and memorable experience. Chris is an asset to making customers feel welcome and relaxed all while finding solutions to everything they may need.
Josie Ferguson
Josie Ferguson Retail Sales
Josie’s enthusiasm and energy to get the job done can be found during Spring + Summer at Family Flowers during her summer break from Brock University. Josie’s dedication and flexibility in being able to transition from task to task is a benefit to Family Flowers.
Brittany Bossuyt
Brittany Bossuyt Retail Sales
Brittany’s positive perspective and relaxed personality make her one of the spectacular cashiers at Family Flowers. She gets the job done at the cash counter quickly and accurately, all while making sure the customer is happy and has found everything they needed. Brittany attends Fanshawe College, and joins us for the busy April to August season.
Naemi Unger
Naemi UngerRetail Sales
Naemi joins us from the former ‘Vermeer Flowers’ operation and brings with her a wealth of greenhouse, customer and planting knowledge. Naemi is skilled in many areas and is not afraid to use her talents everyday at Family Flowers. Naemi can be found in the greenhouses taking care of retail, planting crops and as support staff for the Wholesale division.
Cole Versnick
Cole VersnickSupport Staff for the Wholesale division
Cole is Jacklyn’s son, and Ed + Annette’s oldest grandchild. After school and during highschool breaks, Cole can be found taking care of the Mini Farm, filling pots, packing + shipping orders – generally, he is Uncle Mark’s right hand man!
Andrea
AndreaSupport Staff for the Wholesale division
Andrea is a niece of Ed and Annette, and Ena. Andrea is able to complete any task handed her way and completes the job accurately. Andrea is of great assistance when it comes to filling the hundreds of wholesale orders during the planting season. She joins us during her summer breaks from Brock University.
Sara Klassen
Sara KlassenRetail Sales
Sara comes to Family Flowers with experience in many aspects of retail and general employment. Her ability to learn on the go has made her a great addition to the Family Flowers team. Sara can be found helping customers and making sure product is in top quality condition, well stocked and ready for each new day. Sara’s experience helps to make sure things are running smoothly for customers and employees.
Susy Fehr
Susy FehrSupport Staff for the Wholesale division
Susy is a busy bee in the planting department. Working alongside Ena, she is very efficient in getting all the planting done and making sure crop rotation goes without a hitch. Susy also joins us from the former ‘Vermeer Flowers’ and brings along a skill set helpful in many areas of the greenhouses.

Since 1994….Family Flowers is truly a family affair!

Grand Opening Newspaper ad from 1994

Grand Opening Newspaper ad from 1994

Ed and Annette

Ed and Annette

Family Flowers was established in 1994 by Edward (Ed) and Annette Weesjes, who are still the proud owners today!

They built the company with the help of their extended family and their four children: Jacklyn, Eddie, Mark and Nathan. The empty field where the greenhouses sit was developed and has housed many additions over the years. Jacklyn and Mark, continue to be work alongside their parents in the family business. Jacklyn was just a youngster when she began selling bedding plants from a picnic table beside the road. Today she is the Retail Manager, taking care of employees, advertising, marketing and customer service. Mark is the Plant Manager, takes care of maintenance of the buildings and machinery and works with Ed in the Wholesale Department. Ed has been in greenhouses his whole life and currently oversees all the crops, as the main grower and head watering person. Annette takes care of all the book work, and stays busy packing orders and organizing crops. Ed and Annette’s other two children – Eddie and Nathan work outside of Family Flowers, but can be found in the greenhouses regularly delivering coffees and offering a helping hand when needed.

Mark, Ed, Annette, Jacklyn

Mark, Ed, Annette, Jacklyn

Family Flowers aims to produce quality products at fair prices. Year round operation allows for local crops for each season – all grown on site from start to finish, under professional monitoring and state of the art processes. Attention is paid to quality and growth along every step of the plants journey. Crop development can be watched by the public with a visit to the greenhouse, and online with regular social media updates. You can come in and pick from the entire crop for your special product, no warehouses, trucking, or artificial lighting involved. Just clean fresh air, pure sunshine and happy plants.

The staff at Family Flowers strives to provide efficient and polite service to our customers in a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere. Our desire is to share our love of plants and flowers and illustrate how they enrich the quality of life of customers, staff and community. You will be greeted with a warm hello and a smile from our friendly retail staff. Visitors of all ages enjoy their time at Family Flowers – whether it is by visiting the animals in the Mini Farm, wandering through the crops, shopping the unique decor, or relaxing on a park bench in the shade of the ficus tree.

Family Flowers successfully offers employment to residents of Elgin County and surrounding area in a professional and friendly surrounding. The growing company plans to continue to convey the fun of gardening to the young and old alike.

Stop in for a visit anytime, watch the crops progress, and go home satisfied knowing you are getting happy, healthy plants.

stthomasFamily Flowers is a proud recipient of the “Free Enterprise Award of Merit” from the St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce. This award recognizes businesses and individuals that have“..distinguished themselves as exceptional with significant contributions to the economic, social and cultural fabric of our community..” In announcing this award, it was specifically mentioned that Family Flowers elected to remain closed on Sundays.