Pan American Nursery Products is a proud, 3rd generation, family owned, family operated company. We believe that establishing strong customer relationships is at the core of what we stand for as a company. We build and fortify these relationships on integrity and dependability.



The founders of Pan American Nursery Products Inc., John and Ted van Zanten, immigrated to Canada back in 1950. In Holland, their family had been in the flower bulb growing and exporting business for many years. The odyssey back to their heritage began in 1958 as a flower bulb wholesaler to the local British Columbian market. With the help and support of their wives, Marie and Bep, the quest to establish themselves as an industry leader began.
In 1960, the two brothers purchased a small company know as Pan American Bulb. At that time, it was primarily a spring and fall bulb wholesaler. Ted and John set up business in a small 7,500 sq. ft. warehouse and office located on an acre and a half in what is now downtown Whalley, BC.
Pan American grew rapidly during the next several years, as did the van Zanten family. John and Marie had five sons and one daughter, while Ted and Bep had two sons and two daughters. All of the family members grew up involved in the business, either after school, on weekends or on holiday breaks. In 1972, Cary joined John and Ted full time, followed by John Jr. (1975), Ed (1975), Margie (1978), Rob (1979), Linda (1988) and Don Williamson (Linda's husband) in 1997. The company's success was not built through the efforts of family members alone. The dedication of new and long time employees has helped to mould Pan American into one of Canada's leading wholesale nurseries.
As Pan American's sales grew across the country, it became necessary to establish a satellite office and distribution warehouse in Ontario. In 1977, Pan Am opened a facility in Mississauga, Ontario. The next major step was the construction of a modern 100,000 sq. ft. warehousing, production and office facility on forty-five acres of land at 5151-152 St. in Surrey, BC, in 1982. This site facilitated the natural progression of the company,
integrating a first class growing operation into the business as we continued to expand our market share. A link office established in Woodland, Washington, starting our advance into the US market.
In 1995, rapid growth in our container market necessitated the purchase of fourteen acres of land with a warehouse, office and state-of-the-art greenhouses in Millgrove, Ontario. This acquisition solidified Pan Am as a national source for not only bare root and packaged products, but also container-grown stock. An additional eighty-six acres were purchased adjacent to the Millgrove property in late 1997. Rapid greenhouse construction and increased container production have made this acreage fully operational.
The third generation of family members also grew up involved in the business, after school, on weekends or on holiday breaks, Ian (2004), Craig (2007) and Amber (2007).
Pan American currently wholesales several types of nursery products including clematis vines, flowering shrubs, small fruits, perennials, seed potatoes, onion sets, and spring bulbs. Our primary focuses, however, are bare root, packaged and container-grown rose bushes. Our products are marketed under the brand names: Roses by Pan Am, Windmill, Only the Best, and Flower Carpet.
Our constantly evolving product line and strong growth suggest that the future forecast will include extensive capital expansion in automated packaging equipment and an increased focus on US and international markets.
In 2018, to further service the US market, we have acquired a third nursery located in the Niagara-on-the-Lake region of Ontario. This wine country climatic zone is ideal for growing nursery stock as well as easier access and proximity to the North Eastern US markets. The 17 acre site has approximately 230,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space and will take off the volume pressures in our Millgrove location.

Original site in Whalley,BC 1960-1982