Bradner Flower Show celebrates birds and bulbs

Bradner Flower Show returns for its 89th year this coming weekend, April 7-9 at Bradner Hall and Elementary School.

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The Bradner Flower Show returns for its 89th year this coming weekend, April 7-9 at Bradner Hall and Elementary School.

The Bradner Flower Show was started in 1928 by area pioneer Fenwick Fatkin as a venue for local growers to showcase their daffodils, and Bradner has become famous as the “Daffodil Capital of Canada.”

Brdaner is a small rural hamlet with a wonderful sense of community and the show is produced by the Bradner Community Club, a longstanding service organization operated on a volunteer basis. Fenwick’s family is involved in the show to this day, with granddaughter Pauline serving as chair of the show. Each year several thousand people arrive to take in the displays and activities at the show. Organizers are planning an event that is interesting, informative and most of all, fun.

On Friday, April 7 Scott Pearce of GardenWorks will be the special guest to open the show. Scott appears regularly on Global TV where he is the Saturday morning gardening expert. At 2 p.m. he will preside over the opening ceremonies for the show, which include a performance by the Bradner Elementary Hand Bell Choir, as well as a chance to meet your government representatives. Scott will be on hand after the opening ceremony just outside the doors in the “Speaker’s Corner” to answer all of your gardening questions.

Other special guests throughout the weekend include Bert the Mole Man, Chris Bodnar of Glen Valley Organic Farm and Matt Groves, a hybridizing expert who will go through the very interesting process on how new daffodil varieties are created. Chef Travis Petersen will create a culinary masterpiece, and there will be wine tasting demos from local wineries Singletree and Campbell’s Gold. Don’t miss your chance to sample their amazing products.

In addition to the hundreds of varieties of daffodils that local growers present each year, there will be plant sales, crafts, and lots of food. On Saturday and Sunday they will expand the venue to include additional displays in the Bradner School gym that will include the Langley Spinners & Weavers, the Abbotsford Quilters, and too many more to list.

Once again, this year’s show will be decorated by the floral designers at Simply Perfect Flowers, and all should be expecting a spectacular display from this innovative and creative group of experts.

The show dates are April 7, 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Bradner Hall, 5305 Bradner Rd., Abbotsford. Admission is still only $2, a true bargain for a full day of family fun. For more information visit Facebook.com/BradnerHall, bradnerflowershow@gmail.com or call 604-856-8441.

This is a community fundraiser, with all proceeds from cut flowers sales donated to Abbotsford Regional Hospital & Cancer Centre.

You can help make this community event a success. They are in need of volunteers, and this is a great way to connect with the community. Even if you can only spare an hour or two, the show needs your help and are grateful for any time you can give. Please contact clprice@telus.net to volunteer.

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