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 am very sad to hear the news on the closure of your business. My summer garden will not be the same this year. I wish you well in your new adventures. Thank you for all you have done over the years.

Suzanne giroux January 15, 2021

Thank you for the great service and advices received by the dedicated personnel in all those years. Have a great retirement, but we are sad to see you go. Nadine and Richard

Nadine Lacroix January 15, 2021

Vous étiez la meilleure place en ville pour le jardinage, pour nous une visite a votre pépinière était une fête, un plaisir pour les yeux. Nous vous souhaitons bonne chance dans vos projets a venir. Ce printemps ne sera pas le même sans vous. Merci

Charles Davis January 15, 2021

Good Morning,
Just hearing this sad and exciting news. You will be so missed; in the community and surrounding areas, and by so many who appreciated your support. They felt they’d made new friends; “Gardening sows the seeds of a healthy body, a relaxed mind and a happy heart!” You have given so much, to so many! Thank You to the Laporte family and staff …
You’ll love retirement, you won’t know how you ever had time to work! Don’t be a stranger. Cheers 🥂 to new beginnings!

Lynn Gorny January 15, 2021

Estelle et Jean,

Vous faites partis de notre vie depuis 1981. Notre première visite à la pépinière Laporte à chaque printemps était bien spéciale. Nous aimions bien visiter M et Mme Laporte. Quelles belles personnes. On se souvient très bien aussi de ce jeune homme aux cheveux roux qui prenait une place de plus en plus importante auprès de ses parents à la pépinière. Quelques années plus tard une jolie blonde était à ses côtés. Nous avons vécu tous les changements apportés au cours des années. Nous avions toujours hâte de voir les nouveautés. Merci Estelle et Jean de nous accueillir si chaleureusement à chaque visite; merci pour vos conseils quant aux plantes à choisr, merci d’avoir été un commerce dont nous étions fiers. Vous pouvez être fiers de ces accomplissements. Vous avez enrichi notre communauté.

Le temps est venu pour accrocher les pelles et les rateaux; le temps est venu pour penser à vous. Vous l’avez bien mérité. Profitez des années qui viennent pour poursuivre vos intérêts les plus chers. N’oubliez surtout pas que la retraite est un beau cadeau de la vie.

Bonne chane

Lorraine et Roch Beauchamp

Lorraine et Roch Beauchamp January 15, 2021

While we will miss you and your many wonderful and vibrant selections of flowers and nursery, enjoy your well deserved retirement!! This next stage of your life journey is just as important for your health and well being.
S & G

Sue January 15, 2021

Oh non!!! Vous allez nous manquer! C’est un choc pour la communauté, et pour nos jardins! J’ai tant apprécié vos bons conseils, service en français, la qualité de vos produits… merci. Bonne retraite!

Amelie January 15, 2021

Estelle, Jean et la famille,
Je suis très peinée de voir que vous fermez vos portes. Je suis certaine que ce fut un choix très déchirant. Je tiens à vous remercier sincèrement pour vos bons conseils, votre gentillesse, votre courtoisie, votre bonne humeur, durant toutes ses années. J’aimais surtout aller chez vous parce que j’étais servie en français. Vous étiez ma pépinière préférée! Grâce à vous, du printemps à l’automne, du matin au soir, quelle joie de voir mon jardin se développer de jour en jour. Mon p’tit paradis! C’est fascinant!
Je vous souhaite une bonne retraite bien méritée et bonne chance dans le futur!
Colette Butler

Colette Butler January 15, 2021

Sad day for Ottawa as people flocked to
your marvellous centre from far and wide.
Thank you for your amazing advice and friendly customer service, even during the pandemic last season. I am happy though to see you move on to a much deserved retirement. Enjoy!

Theresa Harvey January 15, 2021

I am so truly sad to hear this. We love you store and buy all our flowers and plants there. The advice and interactions with your staff have always been so wonderful and we will always treasure the memories we made with our little kids who got so excited to come with us and ride on the carts

Corinne Schott January 15, 2021

May you and Estelle enjoy the next chapter of your lives. You will be sorely missed in the community. Your brilliant ideas and suggestions made our landscaping and gardening activities such a pleasure over the past 46 years we have lived in Orleans.

All the best……

Francine Sicotte January 15, 2021

Although I am so happy for you to finally be able to enjoy the next chapter of your lives, losing my zen gardening family leaves a huge hole in my heart. I will dearly miss your friendliness, your laughter and your vast knowledge not to mention the ability that you and your entire staff had to make me feel like family at each visit. You were and will always remain the cream of the crop of nurseries in my eyes. Miss you already. 

Sue Carson January 15, 2021

You will be so missed . Wishing you all the best in the future.

Debra January 15, 2021

C’est avec regret que nous apprenons la fermeture de votre entreprise et nous savons que ça n’a pas été une décision facile. Merci pour votre dévouement sans borne envers Alexis qui a travaillé pour vous pendant plus de 20 ans. Vous avez été un employeur extraordinaire et la famille Laporte a été sa famille au travail. Ce qu’Alexis est devenu aujourd’hui c’est grâce à vous. Il a non seulement appris l’amour des plantes mais aussi l’amour du travail manuel. Vous l’avez toujours inclus dans vos projets de rénovations au magasin et au chalet. Nous vous en serons toujours reconnaissants!

Suzanne & Denis Drouin January 15, 2021

Jean/Estelle

So sad to hear as we’ll miss your smiling faces and the enthusiasm you displayed when helping out with our questions and concerns for over 28 years. Not only will we miss you greatly but the Orleans community will never quite be the same. We wish you both the very best in whatever endeavours you choose in the future. Thank you.

Brian & Vicki Kebic

Brian Kebic January 15, 2021

To the Laporte Family

Our family will truly miss you. Visiting Laportes has always been a highlight of our spring season
And we missed walking around the garden last year. To know that this part of our life will be missing from the future Is very hard but we wish all the family and staff the very best.

Janet Johnston January 15, 2021

We wish you both a fantastic retirement. Also, to your fabulous staff and extended family best wishes on the road ahead. Stay safe everyone.

Bradley Nichol January 15, 2021

God Bless and thank you for the many years

Lynn MacDonald January 15, 2021

So very sad to hear that you are closing. You were always my go to plant nursery. I enjoyed spending time there just looking around and being at peace with the plants. I am sure it must have been a heartbreaking struggle to make this decision I wish you all the best that life has to offer. Happy retirement . I will miss going there. ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for all those years.

Naheed January 15, 2021

Jean and Estelle,
I am so sad to read this 😢. I always enjoyed buying our plants every year and getting great advice and seeing you both as well as the whole staff. Everyone there were always so friendly and helpful with a smile. I want to thank you all for everything you all have shared with us. Wishing you the best on your retirement, very well deserved 👏. You will be missed 😢❤

Janet Asselin January 15, 2021

It is very sad to see you go. We looked forward for the month of May to arrive as we got to go to your establishment and by some flowers and plants. Also, it was to see everyone that worked there. Everyone were so very nice to all of us. Now is the time to find another place that will be as good as yours. Thank you for all the goods years that you gave us, it has been a pleasure. Have a great retirement.

Rosanne Coutu January 15, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye. You are going to be missed by so many. The trust and respect that people had in JA Laportes was built because of the people who ran the business. I had plans for my back yard and will miss walking in and going up to the little hut and talking to someone who could bring my thoughts to life. Enjoy your retirement knowing that you all made a beautiful impact on a whole lot of people. I hope what ever the road brings you in your retirement you enjoy every minute of it.

Lisa and Brian Conrad January 15, 2021

Thanks for so many years of top shelf service and quality plant material. Enjoy your retirement!
Heather Dickau (Edwards Family)
Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Heather Dickau January 15, 2021

I would like to Thank you for what you have done for us. From making our wedding day so special to making our homes look amazing every single year.

André and Michelle Legault

Seeing our faces would help more I’m sure. ;) You know so many people and have made such a positive impact to so many.

Andre Legault January 15, 2021

Sorry to hear this, you are an institution in this area and I have relied on your excellent service and resources for the years I have lived here. I wish all of your family the very best.

Jill Marsh January 15, 2021

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