J.A. Laporte Flowers & Nursery bids goodbye to the Ottawa community

Dear customers, staff, and suppliers,  

It is with very heavy hearts that we are announcing the permanent closure of J.A. Laporte Flowers & Nursery. While this decision has not been an easy one, it is the right decision for us.  

After being a part of Ottawa’s vibrant business community for six decades, we are hanging up our gardening gloves and retiring. We truly feel blessed to be part of such an incredible community, and honoured to have met so many wonderful people over the years. 

To our loyal customers, we want to express our heartfelt thanks. We’ve been lucky to have generations of families shop at J.A. Laporte Flowers & Nursery. Our customers are the reason we’ve stayed in business so long; it has been wonderful to assist them with all of their gardening needs. For customer questions regarding gift card redemptions, credit notes and warranties for items strictly purchased in 2019, please send an email to: sales@jalaporte.com by July 1, 2021

We also want to thank our incredible staff — including many family members — who have worked with us. Many of our staff members have been with us for over 20 years, and have become an extension of our family. We will forever be grateful for their hard work and devotion.

To our suppliers, who have worked so closely with us, we thank you for providing us with incredible products. We wish you continued success on the road ahead.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for sharing this journey with us!

Jean & Estelle Laporte

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
~ A.A. Milne

143 comments

I’ve only been in Ottawa since 2015, but have loved your place. It reminds me of the greenhouse I frequented in TBay. I will greatly miss you.

Sending positive light and energy to you and yours as you continue your journey.

Marilyn Stairs January 15, 2021

Your garden centre will be missed. It was a great place for plant information and quality plants. 🌿🍃 A part of our community.

Enjoy your new adventures!

Anna Greening Beckett January 15, 2021

Merci pour tous vos bons conseils, votre disponibilité et votre belle humeur. Je vous souhaite une très belle retraite.

Gaétane January 15, 2021

Just drove by and was sad to think you are closing…but for all the right reasons. I will miss your flower pots hanging in green house cause then we all knew warmer weather was coming. All the best in your retirement and from one retiree to another … you will love it!

Claire Nelson January 15, 2021

I used to deliver the Citizen to your Montreal Rd. store back in the early 80’s. I grew up in the neighbourhood. Your business will be missed.

Tim Mitchell January 15, 2021

Gros monument du patrimoine est-ontarien francophone qui disparaît!!! Enorme perte!!!😭

Lucie Legault January 15, 2021

Bonne retraite et un gros merci. Je n’ai que de bons souvenirs à venir chercher mes plantes chaque année et introduire cette activité à mes petits enfants. Même après avoir déménager de la région, je fesais le trajet de plus de 2 h pour aller vous voir et chercher vos produits de qualité. Vraiment dommage mais contente pour vous. Merci pour tout – Danielle J

Danielle Jacques January 15, 2021

I looked so forward every year to visiting your nursery every spring and discussing problems that I would be experiencing with either Estelle or Jean. I will miss you all. I wish you all the best in your retirement. Enjoy guys!!

Joe Oliveras January 15, 2021

Sad for us but happy for you! I have been coming from Gatineau for years to buy my plants at Laporte because of the quality of your products and the friendly people. Thank you for the great years and wish you a wonderful retirement.

Lyne Tremblay January 15, 2021

We have been going to your garden centre since we moved to Orleans in 1984. It was always what I would call “one of my happy places.” You will be sorely missed.

Valerie Gibson January 15, 2021

When we moved here in ’86, you were the first we went to with all our gardening questions. We were always treated with respect and you took the time, no matter how busy, to explain all we needed to know. The selection was always amazing. You have been an important part of Orleans history and for sure will be missed. However, that being said, you both deserve a well-earned rest. Congratulations to you both for all you have done.

Steve & Heather Young January 15, 2021

Thank you for the many years of providing me and my family with your advice, annuals, perennials, trees and all the other materials required to make a great garden. Every year, hubby and I would purchase 1 tomato plant each and have a competition on whose would flower first, bud first, and produce the first red tomato. Sometimes, I won and most of the time it was my husband. Will miss you! Wishing you all the best in the coming years.

Irene B. January 15, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of your closing ’am going to miss my yearly visit to your nursery. I always came home with more than the items on my list Wishing you all the best in your retirement

Janet Kettles January 15, 2021

I remember when your parents ran their store on Montreal Rd. They used to advertise in the 60’s and 70’s in a paper my parents published called the Neighbourly Natter. In the early 90’s I had the pleasure of serving them dinner every week when they came in for dinner at the Chateau Laurier in Wilfrid’s Grill.

Garrick leblanc January 15, 2021
I have relied on your quality plants and expertise countless times over the years. Thank you for the wonderful service you’ve provided. So sorry to see you go, but wish you well in your retirement!
Lori January 15, 2021

Thank you so much for bringing my love of gardening alive. Your knowledge was so helpful.
Last year my daughter wanted to announce her pregnancy to me with something I love. It was Mother’s Day snd they bought me one of your beautiful hanging baskets. I was so touched by all the people ( your staff) that came out to acknowledge the beautiful news. My daughter had a beautiful baby girl born on October 21st.
Thank you for making that day a day I will never forget. Best of luck in your retirement. You will be missed.
Cathy Ambrose and Family

Catherine Ambrose January 15, 2021

You will definitely be miss 😪

Helene Chenier January 15, 2021

You have written a beautiful farewell message. It literally makes me cry. … To think that the pure joy of buying our plants is slowly being taken away by a pandemic … & the livelyhood of so many people.
Wishing you all the Best of good things in your retirement & in the days to come.🌿💐🌲

Lorna January 15, 2021

I’ve been a Customer for more than 30yrs…mostly your old location on Montreal Road! It’s sad to say ‘Good-bye’ but it’s understandable!

Wishing you all the best, in your next chapter!

Thank-you for many years of Service! 💕

Lori January 15, 2021

Heartbroken…. I’ve been getting my plants from Laporte’s since my family moved to Navan in 1985. It was my mother’s go-to garden centre. I knew that I would get exactly what I wanted, and that the people who worked there would always have have the answers to my gardening questions.

Wishing you all the best in the next part of your journey!

Shena H. January 15, 2021

We are so sorry to hear that you will be closing. You have been our “go to” for plants, trees, and more for 10 years now. This must be so difficult for you and your staff. We wish you all the best in the future.

Sharon Lee January 15, 2021

We certainly enjoyed every experience over the 30 plus years we shopped with you.

It was always so informative to discuss our choices and selections with you.

We will miss you as well as the expert advice and huge selection of plants etc.

We always admired your dedication and knowledge.

Enjoy retirement and your new life.

Thank you.

Jocelyne Nuska January 15, 2021

Oh no! I am so sad to see you go, we have so enjoyed shopping at your nursery for the last 30 years since we moved to Ottawa/Orleans. However I can only wish you the best in your retirement, and lots of fun in your new adventures!

Hélène Paquet-Young January 15, 2021

A toute la famille Laporte,

Bravo, merci pour les nombreux conseils au fil des dernières années. Profitez donc de votre retraite bien méritée au maximum.

Pierrette Philippe January 15, 2021

Such a great place to shop. Will miss it dearly. Enjoy your next chapter.

Sylvie Brind'Amour January 15, 2021

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