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

AA Milne got it right. For thirty plus years your staff and facility have been a huge part of our lives. Virtually everything growing in our yard has benefited from your products and wisdom. Best wishes for a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Bruce & Judy Duncan January 15, 2021

Jean & Estelle
This is very sad news to hear. We thought that your son was to step in and try to fill in your shoes.
I guess with the challenging year you gone through and it does not look any brighter for this year you had to make this hard decision.
We will sure miss chatting with you, Christiane and our Dan the man.
Hope to cross paths in the near future.
Take care, best of health and enjoy life, and relax. You both deserve it.

André and Francine

André Rancourt January 15, 2021

Sorry to see the end of Laportes Gardens if shopped and enjoyed your store for as long as u have been open good luck and good bye

Wanda Wood January 15, 2021

This is sad indeed, we have been shopping and building our beautiful gardens with your knowledgeable employees for so many years. We started from buying fruit and vegetables at the little stand at the side of the home from two school aged young people.
We wish you the best of luck in your next adventure Pauline and Jim Ullett

Pauline Ullett January 15, 2021

Sad but great news, congrats on your retirement!!!
I second what you said, I was blessed to have worked with this awesome family and the entire team. You have dedicated some much of your time and knowledge to the community and deserve to be recognized for that!
Anyways I am sure it is bitter sweet, but wishing you all nothing but the best in your new journeys… ENJOY!!!

Denis Chenier January 15, 2021

I now live in Toronto but for nearly 20 years visited your garden centre. Really great memories of shopping there. Thanks so much and enjoy a stress free retirement.

Mar January 15, 2021

You will be sorely missed. I wish you nothing but good things.

Linda Major January 15, 2021

Pépinière Laporte! Un icône d’Orléans. C’est triste de vous voir partir. Comme il est si bien dit “toute bonne chose à une fin”.

Bonne retraite Estelle et Jean!

Elaine et Luc

Elaine Taillefer January 15, 2021

This makes me so sad. I loved, loved, loved coming to your nursery to choose the many plants and flowers that have made my house a home. Wishing you all the best in whatever the future holds for you. Nicole

Nicole Scheidl January 15, 2021

Jean, Estelle et la grande famille de Laporte Gardens, merci pour vos conseils, votre centre de jardins était l’endroit idéal pour acheter une variété de fleurs, d’arbustes… tout pour embellir nos jardins mais aussi un endroit où aller se ressourcer, une forme de méditation en arrivant chez vous. Merci, bonne retraite à vous deux, un repos bien mérité. Merci merci merci!

Suzanne Potvin-Brent January 15, 2021

I shed a tear hearing of your closing. I have loved walking the rows looking at your plants and dreaming of them in my garden for years. All my plants and trees have all been hand picked from your collections. I will miss your advice, your support and your humour. Be safe and take care in the next phase of your lives.

Linda January 15, 2021

We have been going to your nursery since we moved to our home over 25 years ago.. my husband and I loved the environment of a family when we went to get our yearly plants ..Jack loved to have a few laughs with John.. we will truly miss seeing all of you..

Sandra lavoy and Jack laroche January 15, 2021

Nous sommes tellement désolés, mais nous vous souhaitons une très très belle retraite. Nous allez nous manquer énormément car un service et connaissance comme le vôtre ne se trouve pas nul part.. Bonne chance à vous deux et votre famille. On vous aime. Xoxo

Lucille et Robert Neveu January 15, 2021

Oh nooo!!! This is so sad! We have always appreciated your great knowledge, expertise and of course big smiles and excellent customer service. We will forever cherish the plants and trees around our property because of you! Merci beaucoup pour ces belles années de travail acharné et bonne retraite à vous deux. Profitez maintenant de la vie et de tout ce qu’elle a à vous offrir! Vous allez nous manquer. Francine, Marc, Monica et Nicolas Gaumond, Hammond xox

Francine Gaumond January 15, 2021

We’re so sorry to see you go, but happy retirement. I hope it has nothing to do with the Covid pandemic.

Judy Letourneau January 15, 2021

Such sad news for the gardening community, but I wish you well in retirement.

Ann Frederking January 15, 2021

I am in disbelief! You have been o favourite nursery of mine. Your service and plant selection were the best!
Will miss you.

Margaret Sawicka January 15, 2021

Customer from BHN since 1970 when your dad and mom ran the show and you pushed carts to the cars. Enjoy the profits for years to come

John R Robertson January 15, 2021

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