Our Team

Ben VanderWerf – Sales Manager
Ben VanderWerf Ben's love of plants started at a very young age. He used to help plough his grandfather's fields on the family farm, and propagate and ship plants at a family owned and operated greenhouse and garden centre. As a teen he spent many of his days selling fruits and vegetables at the local city market. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting and servicing the needs of his customers week after week. Ben graduated from the Horticultural technician program at Niagara College with honours in the spring of 1997.
He soon accepted a position at one of the Niagara Region's largest nurseries. He started out as a shipper with a very high standard of sending out high quality plants. He quickly moved to head shipper and then to grower/manager where his high standard of growing quality product continued. Ben spent 11 years at two of the largest nurseries in the Niagara Region, where he has anticipated and met all of his customers' needs in a professional manner.

Ben brings to J.R.T. extensive experience in perennials, flowering shrubs, love for sales, customer service and marketing. Please feel free to contact Ben directly at ben@jrtnurseries.com or 905-324-5686 to discuss your needs.

Mike Wrede – BC Sales
Ben VanderWerf As a graduate of BCIT Forestry, Mike worked for Agriculture Canada as a summer student. Upon graduation he started working for Art Knapp's and that was the beginning of his career in horticulture. It did not take long for him to advance into management as he spent 13 years with both Art Knapp's and GardenWorks. After this he represented Van Belle Nursery where his territory stretched all the way to Thunder Bay, Ontario. In 2002 a small nursery for sale caught his attention. He and his wife, Marie, began negotiations to purchase, and in February of 2002 they were proud owners of Happy Hollow Nurseries. After successfully running the nursery they thought it was time for a change of lifestyle and sold everything to move to the Kootenay's.
Mike has now joined the sales team at JRT and continues to support high standards of quality and service. Please feel free to contact Mike at mike@jrtnurseries.com or 778-908-3890.

Casey VanVloten – Canadian Prairies Sales
casey Casey entered the nursery business as a child in his family business in Pitt Meadows, spending many summer days learning the fine art of selective plant control (weeding). He attended California Poly Tech. University from 1975-1978, acquiring a BSc. in Ornamental Horticulture. After a short term working at EJ Murray Nursery in 1979, he joined the family business in April of 1979. His main job in the early days was sales in Alberta. As he grew older his responsibilities grew to include purchasing, human relations and eventually controlling VanVloten Nurseries. Unfortunately, circumstances lead to the closing of the nursery in 2007. After two years of independant sales repping, he took the sales position for the Prairie Provinces at JRT Nurseries in August of 2009.
His responsibilities beyond sales include purchasing for sales. Don't hesitate to contact Casey via email at casey@jrtnurseries.com or by phone at 778-878-0489.