James Gammage established Gammage Flowers in 1869, which prospered and expanded. He acquired 23 acres on Oxford Street, east of Adelaide Street, and by 1886 could boast of having the largest greenhouse west of Montreal. The original store and greenhouses were located on what is now Gammage Street in London, Ontario.
After his death, James’ son, Wallace, took over the shop and ran the business with his son Gard. In 1936, Gard also opened a flower shop in Hotel London (Gard Gammage Flowers). He relocated Gammage Flowers to 235 Dundas Street, which today occupies the London Central Library.
The Gammage family sold the business in 1971 to London businessman, John McKerlie, who relocated the store in 1982 to its present location at the corner of Waterloo Street and Oxford Street.
In 2006, Judite Holder became the fourth owner of Gammage Flowers – a shop that is rich in history and tradition. (Read Judite’s story here).
Their current location, 747 Waterloo Street, is a building with a long history in the city of London. Built in the 1880's, it was once the home of a tavern frequented by the Black Donnelly's. Later, it became the first Supertest Gas Station in London and over the years has housed a general store and the Dover Drug Store.
Today, when you stop by Gammage Flowers, you’ll see many heritage details, including the original pine plank floors.