After working many years in Kingston, founders John and Mary de Ruiter decided to pursue the flower business. Pam’s Flower Garden has always been at its current location at 793 Princess Street and was founded in 1962. The building was also used as a Beer Store and ice house prior to 1962.
John and Mary have two children. Pam was 2 years old and Jeff was 5 years old at the time of opening the shop. Thus the name Pam’s Flower Garden was born. In the early years Mary and John processed the flowers and plants, wrote up the orders from customers and then hand delivered orders to many families in and around Kingston.
The business slowly evolved and grew over the years and many staff members were added to help build the business. Thama Weir, Dorothy Stanley and Ken Butler were some of the 1st staff members at Pam’s. The building that houses the flower operations was renovated many times over the years with the addition of a few apartments above the shop and continual renovations on the main retail floor level. Today is a representation of the many years of planning the look you see inside and outside at Pam’s. In 2008 Pam’s was nominated for the outside renovation in the Livable City Design Awards.
Our commitment to our community is very important and we firmly believe in giving back. Donations to numerous local charities including the United Way, Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, Minor Hockey, Easter Seals, Hospice and to 100’s of other local charities and fund raisers. We have received many letters of thanks, awards for donation participation and business awards including Top 25 Teleflora Florist in Canada and voted #1 Kingston Florist by Kingston This Weeks readers poll for 10 straight years.
Currently Jeff and Pam de Ruiter with a big assist from their other halves Marianne de Ruiter and Don Timmins run the day to day operations. John and Mary have their finger on the pulse at the shop every day and have been wonderful mentors to their children. With a fantastic team of floral designers, sales associates, office personnel, delivery staff and floral assistants we have formed a team that believes in providing interesting design, fresh flowers and plants, a fun and ever changing look inside the shop.
Today Pam’s Flower Garden is more than just flowers, gift baskets and plants. New and exciting lines of woman’s fashions including clothing, scarves, jewellery, and hand bags have been added to an exciting mix of product.
We want to express our sincere thanks to all of our wonderful staff and many loyal customers who have grown with us over the years. It has been our honour and pleasure to be involved and part of this wonderful community called Kingston.
From Us To You
We are very excited and proud to present to you our brand NEW on-line catalog offering of fine flowers, plants, gifts and gourmet food baskets. We are certain you will find the ideal gift to show your appreciation and affection for those special people in your life.
All of us here at Pam’s Flowers, The Flower District are dedicated to serving your every gift giving need. We offer friendly and efficient customer service as well as a user-friendly website.
As Kingston This Week’s winner of the Reader’s Choice Platinum Florist 10 years in a row, we take great pride in making sure each and every floral gift arrives in beautiful condition. Our beautiful flower arrangements, fresh cut bunches, bonsai, orchid and flowering plants are suitable for almost any occasion and our gift baskets are filled to the brim with the most delicious gourmet specialties such as: chocolates, cookies, cheeses, nuts and other mouth watering treats. Every gift is hand made, hand packaged and every bow is hand made and hand tied with the utmost care.
All of our gifts are backed by our “Commitment to excellence” guarantee and 54 years experience, quality, and integrity.
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