9 a.m., May 21)
Orléans flower and nursery centre braces for busiest
weekend of the year
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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 --
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
Laporte at J.A. Laporte Flowers and Nursery, is expecting
a steady stream of customers all through the weekend.
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.
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.
Laporte employee and Estelle's sister, Nicki Gauthier,
is in charge of the checkout area and ensuring the lineups
the cashes will be open and we have expeditors to help
with the bigger orders, so it should be good," said
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.
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.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
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