About Us

Ken Lander started Sunrise Greenhouses in 1995 as a small ‘mom and pop’ operation, originally growing tomatoes and English cucumbers. See an online article link below for more information.

Field Notes from Cumberland County, Nova Scotia A city girl’s observations about country life + interviews with interesting people.


In 1998, Ken started breeding and developing plants (as many as 20,000 in the next 7 years).  In 2001, Bordeaux was developed. Proven Winners® trialed it for the next 3 years and it entered the market in 2005, after meeting their extra-high standards. (“Proven Winners® is a registered trademark of Proven Winners North AmericaLLC).


Maxine Johnson & Ken

Country Living Magazine named Supertunia®Bordeaux “Editor’s Choice”for 2005!!! (Editor’s Choice applies to new varieties).

P. Allan Smith included Bordeaux on his Top 25 list on PBS and on NBC’s Today Show and it was also featured in the May 15th, 2009 P Allen Smith Garden Home Newsletter. The Supertunia Bordeaux is included in P.Allen Smith’s prestigious Platinum Collection.

Check-out the Awards page to view trailing results. A proven winner is a proven winner!

The Bordeaux produces very little….to no pollen; hence it might suit the needs of people with pollen allergies. This petunia flowers from center and ‘buries it’s dead’ so well that it is considered SELF-CLEANING! It is also Powdery Mildew resistant! None of our pictures have been ‘cleaned -up’; in order to testify to Bordeaux’s performance in baskets and containers; however it’s performance in 4″ pots is also second to none, with it’s non-invasive, dense,controlled growth. Note to commercial growers: Given correct temperatures, growth regulators are NOT required!!! Be sure to ask your landscaper or your local greenhouse plant supplier to add Supertunia®Bordeaux to your annual list of plants.

SUPERTUNIA®Bordeaux is available in the U.K from Kernock and from Innovaplant on the continent.