The Best Nurseries In and Around Ottawa


Garden season comes late to the capital, but it’€™s finally time to sink your hands into the earth’€”and what better way to bond with your babes than by building a flower or vegetable plot together. We love to kick off the season with a family outing to a local nursery. Our gallery of 11 Nurseries and Garden Centres in Ottawa will get you started on your way to a beautiful garden.
Our favourite plant shop in town is Laporte Flowers and Nursery in Orleans. Their central, shaded children’€™s playground is the perfect place to blow off a little steam before loading up your cart’€”choose from all kinds of flowers, ferns and veggies. When you’€™ve debated your way to a complete garden, have the staff help with their drive-through loading service’€”perfect for tired parents and kids. And if you really want to make it a visit to the nursery for the whole family, bring your pet along too’€”dog treats are always on hand.

In the west end, the best nursery for families is Creekside Gardens, located just south of Richmond. Besides a huge selection of flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs, Creekside offers art workshops for children and a great Fairy Garden class for the whole family. On Sundays, their farmers’€™ market sells ready-for-the-table bounty, or pick up some preserves and fudge in their shop as a farewell treat on any day of the week.

All that, and there’€™s still the fun of planting when you get home. Here’€™s the rest of 11 Nurseries and Garden Centres in Ottawa.

Tested by Lynn J., Ottawa


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