Pam’s History

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.

We welcome your input. If you have a comment or suggestion please contact us.

We would be happy to hear from you.


I cannot thank you enough for ensuring mum and dad’s special 60th Anniversary flowers arrived in time and was the centerpiece of their lunch table when they came to sit down. I spoke with mum and dad this morning and daddy told me how beyond awful the weather was, so my sincere gratitude for all that you all at Pam’s Flower Garden did to ensure it arrived in time.

Daddy just texted me and he just writes short texts, so I am sure I will hear all the details later tonight.

I emailed a picture to my sister and she was blown away with how beautiful the arrangement and glass cube was; she will see them later tonight so I’m sure she also will be ooooing and ahhhhing.

Again, thank you so much for helping brighten mum and dad’s special day.

Warmest and Kindest Regards and be safe tonight in that weather!

Pam, Jeff & Family Thank you so much for helping me to make so many people happy at the hockey games. The flowers were always so beautiful and meant so much to so many people.

Freda Coyle

Thank you so much for all your help last week. My friend Glenda O’Reilly loved the flowers and scarf, and they arrived right on time. Thanks again for taking the time to describe all the different scarves etc. Living in Nova Scotia and being able to find such a helpful store in Kingston was great!

Candice Dunn

Dear Mr. de Ruiter,

Thank you so much for donating the beautiful floral arrangement for the Donna Goblin Memorial Rose Bowl once again. It was the centre-piece for the entire Highlights Concert last Wednesday. Professor Goblin was delighted to make the presentation to Isabelle Cote who graciously accepted it after her performance.

We enclose with this note a copy of the concert program, and we look forward to your continuing support of the Kiwanis Music Festival.

Martha Clarke
Coordinator, Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival

I just wanted to let you know that my niece, Maria Schell, was thrilled with her gift basket that I ordered and you delivered earlier today. Jeff was so helpful and his suggestions really fit the requirement.

In these days when you have almost to beg for service in the “big box” stores, it is wonderful to deal with a family business such as yours with such great personal service! your customer service is excellent. Well done and greatly appreciated.

Thanks again and all the best.
Carol Schell