How we got started?
Way, way back in the late 90's we started a small Watergarden Center.
In addition to pond kits and supplies we raised and sold koi and pond plants. After losing all of our stock one winter we decided that we needed a greenhouse.
While shopping on the latest and greatest invention - "the interwebs" - we found a greenhouse distributer. The catch was that they only sold wholesale and you needed to purchase 3 greenhouses to qualify for a dealership. Since they had large and small sizes to chose from we picked their largest kit plus two of their smallest with the idea to sell the two small ones.
The photo below shows our retail store with our greenhouse for sale out front.
We thought placing the greenhouse with a for sale sign on it on the side of a busy street would quickly move our small inventory.
Unfortunately there was a slight glitch - the greenhouse was stolen.
We soon moved to a larger location with our large greenhouse and our remaining small one. I decided to quit putting "free" greenhouses on the side of the road and instead build one of them newfangled websites to sell the extra greenhouse.
The newer location showing the greenhouses (which were used to grow and hold pond plants)
We started our first gardening website the summer of 1999, processing orders by fax machine.
We were named to the INC 500 in 2004 as the 158th fastest growing company.
We then sold out
We still like greenhouses, in fact if you read our blog or check out our facebook page you can follow our experiments in our aquaponics greenhouse
Let's take a closer look!
Below we will go into detail on the components and features of the Sunshine Greenhouse
The roof peak is tall providing more growing space, head room and protecting plants by capturing hot air well above growing plants and providing room for hanging baskets.
Beautiful & Long Lasting Redwood Frame
Redwood is a natural insulator and deos not require any special treatment to ensure its long life.
Resistant to insects and fungus, redwood is a great framing choice.
Not only is the door attractive, it provides an additional vent for extra air flow when needed.
A Roof for All Seasons
THe 45 degree pitched roof captures more light during the short winter days when the sun is low on the horizon. It also reduces the accumulation of snow in the winter.
Each kit includes automatic vent openers for each vent which start opening at about 65 degrees and are fully open at 80 degrees. No batteries or electric supply is required. The hydraulic cylinder is filled with wax, which when warmed, expands pushing open the vents. Vents automatically close as the greenhouse cools.
Our matching utility bench is easy to install and makes a great working and growing space.
Benches on the Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier greenhouses with wheelchair accessible doors are 21" deep.
Benches on the Mt. Rainier are 31" deep.
Fungus & Insect Proof Base
The base is made of recycled plastic that looks like wood and that allows you to build your greenhouse directly on the ground without concern.
The roof and wall panels are made with virtually indestructible polycarbonate. Twin-wall construction provides insulation and diffuses sunlight so that the interior receives even lighting. Treated with a UV coating to prevent discoloration and a drip guard coating.
Assembles in Hours
The only tools required are a 6' ladder, a tape measure and a power drill.
Watch Us Build One First
Each kit includes a video showing the assembly of the kit.
We use strong zinc-plated metal brackets to connect the panels and for the optional anchor kit.
Not only is there a vent at the top of the roof, but also at the lower back to let cool air enter and create cross air circulation.