Lisbeth and Ole Madsen the owners of Madsen's Greenhouse Banquet and Chapel are both of Danish decent. Married since 1967 two sons. One here, Tom took over the landscaping business some 20 years ago and operates this business out of the Greenhouses. Tom has 3 daughters and the oldest Emma is one of the bartenders here, working her way through university. Son, Steven is in Victoria B.C.and has given us a grandson. So we have 4 grandchildren.
Though, now we are up in the years we still work in the business full time, as a matter of fact we have no staff, just subcontractors. We love it, great business.
Lisbeth's father who immigrated from Denmark 1956, bought this piece of land which now is known as 160 Bayview Parkway. He built his first greenhouse in 1957 and through the years built it up to the approximate size it has today.
I (Ole Madsen) came to work for Lisbeth's father in Newmarket the 25 february 1966 having just landed a month before in Canada.
To make a long story short I married the boss's daughter Lisbeth 15 July1967. Bought land in Keswick built greenhouses and was well on my own way. I was as well as running my greenhouses also full time working in some other greenhouses.
Unfortunately my father- in-law died very unexpectedly, he had just turned 50. He got an infection and died from complications. After his death I took over running his operation as mother- in-law put the greenhouses up for sale.
A year later with not even one inquiry to purchase the Greenhouses, and me getting tired of running two places, Lisbeth and I decided to take over the family business. Which we did in 1971 and have operated it since.
Though the size is about the same as it was when we bought it, then the whole place has been rebuilt by us. In the 80ties people were looking for places to buy houseplants and we started an retail outlet to go hand in hand with the growing of the plants. The retail soon took over and we started in the 90ties a full service gardencentre and landscaping business. In doing so we landscaped the greenhouses inside as tropical gardens as well installed interlocking stones everywhere.
It became so nice that people came asking if they could rent the space, And the wedding business was born. Now we are known all over the country and beyond (High ranking member of President Obama personal staff has been to a wedding here, 5 Secret Service men here for three days.) She was just one of the many guests who has gone through Madsen's Greenhouse Banquet and Chapel, approximately 7 to 10.000 people a year.
You always know you are in good company when you choose to have your wedding here.
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Thank you so much for all the hard work you put in on our special day. The place looked amazing and the flowers were gorgeous. Thank you so much for everything, the day turned out perfect. You are all very good at what you do, thanks again. We had a great day.
Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to use your greenhouse for our special day, especially when we wanted to have our event on New years Eve! The two of you are absolutely wonderful and made planning for our day as stress-free as possible. Although a good chunk of the year has passed since our wedding day we still receive rave review at how beautiful the greenhouse is! Thanks again for all.
Well as usual....you were right on the money. I just wanted to let you know that everyone and I mean everyone was so impresssed with the venue and the meal.... Malena and Cindy were absolutely fabulous as were the others.
I can't thank you enough for the wonderfull dinner.... OMG, both the beef and chicken mains were so good that our guests did not stop talking about....
Again Emidio you were right....It was amazing.. and thank you. thank you, thank you!!
Please let your staff know how much I appreciated their hard work.... and it was such a success, that a few of the executive wil be retiring next year and said that the retirement dinner better be here....THANK YOU....
Letter sent to Omalleys catering owner Emidio from Carolyn Britton DQM Bayview SS Friday 13 May 2016
This one was sent to our DJ. Rick august 30/2016
Adi and I wanted to thank you for doing such a great job with our wedding Saturday! You played great music, were very responsive to requests, and kept everyone dancing the whole night! We couldn't have asked for a better DJ. all the best
Jason and Adi Senensky (married at Madsens the 27 august 2016)