New garden centre to open on Bayview Ave.

Davenport Garden Centre will open a new location on the site of the former Garden Court Nurseries at Bayview Ave. and  Davisville Ave. The street address is 1466 Bayview. Work began Monday and continued today on the metal and translucent plastic structure that will house springtime offerings at this traditional spot for flowers and Christmas trees. Carla Rose Shapiro was overseeing work at the site as she also hefted wheelbarrows of earth across the strip of land that for decades hosted the Garden Court business. “We”re excited,” said Ms. Shapiro. ” We hope everyone is happy to see flowers and plants back on this corner.” The land in question is a narrow strip running along Davisville at the end of the parking lot for the Valu mart. After its sale two years ago, the whole block is now owned by a numbered company which is keeping its option open for future development. The Valu mart is owned by Loblaws subsidiary National Grocers but it is understood that Loblaws has no ownership of the land. Davenport Garden Centre is located at the corner of Davenport Rd. and Dupont St., a space that has also been a garden nursery for many years.  Previously it was known for decades merely as “Ron’s”. Photos: Top and centre, construction underway on the new Davenport Garden Centre location at Bayview and Davisville, bottom, Garden Court Nurseries sign as the business prepared to close in 2012.