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(Updated 9 a.m., May 21)
Orléans flower and nursery centre braces for busiest weekend of the year

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Perfect weather on a Victoria Day weekend, combined with a not-so-perfect spring, has local garden centres bracing for an onslaught of green thumbs eager to get started on their flower beds and vegetable gardens.

Victoria Day weekend has always been the busiest weekend of the year for local garden centres, but this year a late spring and frost warnings as recently as last Tuesday, has meant that gardeners have had to stay in a holding pattern -- until now.

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM -- The JA Laporte Flower and Nursery Centre seemed almost tranquil minutes before opening their doors early Saturday morning. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Estelle Laporte at J.A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery, is expecting a steady stream of customers all through the weekend.

"People are anxious to get started on their gardens. We had a record Friday today and we're expecting the same right through till Monday," Laporte said.

For the employees at Laportes, it's all hands on deck with all 69 of them having to report for duty at 6 a.m. this morning, a full two hours before the doors opened.

Long-time Laporte employee and Estelle's sister, Nicki Gauthier, is in charge of the checkout area and ensuring the lineups keep moving.

"All the cashes will be open and we have expeditors to help with the bigger orders, so it should be good," said Gauthier.

Laportes is the largest plant and garden centre in Orléans and they've become well known fir their selection. The literally have hundreds upon hundreds of different varities of perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs, along with a huge assortment of hanging baskets.

The store is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Victoria Day. They are located at 455 Famille-Laporte Ave. which is about one kilometre east of Trim Road, just off Old Montreal Road beside the church with the big red cross.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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