By Lynda Richard
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.” A small rural hamlet with a wonderful sense of community; the show is produced by the Bradner Community Club, a longstanding service organization operated on a 100% volunteer basis.
Fenwick’s family is involved in the show to this day, with granddaughter Pauline serving as co-chair of the show. Each year several thousand people arrive to take in the displays and activities at the show. We are planning an event that is interesting, informative and most of all, fun!
Friday April 8th, 2016
Saturday April 9th, 2016
Sunday April 10th, 2016
10am - 5pm Daily
@ the Bradner Hall & School, 5305 Bradner Rd, Abbotsford BC
By Lynda Richard & Pauline Isherwood
Bradner’s 87th Flower Show was deemed a success. Despite some questionable weather, attendance was similar to last year’s show. Even though many varieties of daffodils had already bloomed and gone, the later varieties, were in full bloom, offering a unique show. Many of the varieties had never before been displayed.
We’d like to take the time to thank all those who came to the show to look and be entertained. There was lots to see and do, from making your own garden sculptures, to live music, great food and of course, gardening experts. This year’s theme, “The Good, The Bad & The Bug-ily” proved to be a big success and we are already working on a theme for next year!
This event could never take place without the help of many, many volunteers, and bouquets of thanks go out to each and every person that gave of their precious time to make the show successful. Although we can’t name every person, we are truly grateful for the help of each and every volunteer.
Thanks again, and we hope to see you next year!
Lynda Richard & Pauline Isherwood
Special thanks to the following:
Our Opening Guest: Mr. Jim Matteoni
Committee Heads: Diana & Geoff Birnie, Pam Secord, Jim Langton, Russ Massier, John McKenzie, Gord & Dawn Beebe, Marion Brown, Denise & Len Smit, Helen & Dale Rushka, Lise Price, Harry Ruschenski, Murray Brown, Ruby Jaggernath, Lars Poulsen and Pauline Isherwood
Decorating: Nicky Arpotz, Karolina Remple, Todd Radcliffe, Bradner’s Growing Concern, Kato’s Nursery Supplies, Brady Landscaping, Brodeur’s Bistro, Abbotsford VW and United Flower Growers Import & Supply Departments
Flower Sales: Smit Nurseries, Flora Farms, Variety Flowers Ltd. and CY Grower Supplies
Daffodil Growers: Matt & Cherry Graoves, Bryan & Agnes Warmerdam, Fatkin Farms and the McMath Family
Presenters: Chris Bodnar, Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-Op; Andrew Etsell, Singletree Winery; Chef Pamela E. Scott, Chef’s Pantry & Catering; Joe Sadowski; Bert Pulles, Bert the Mole Man; Tim Brown, Surlie Brewing; Chef Angie Quaale, Well Seasoned and Phyllis Sabean, An Eye Full Creations
Thanks Also To: Ryan McAllister, Ms. Val Duma, the Staff & students of Bradner Elementary, Bradner PAC, Jubilee Hall Community Association, Tad Kuzinski, Circle of Friends Band, Glenn & Lori Friskie and Tracy Hueppelsheuser
By Heather Lemieux, Editor
New vibrant window coverings were donated just in time for this year's Bradner Flower Show. The Bradner Community Club extends a special thanks to Nikki Annecchini for organizing the project and Abstract Alloy Manufacturing Ltd. for designing, donating and installing the beautiful steel covers.
The Bradner Community Club has experienced recent and past window vandalism on the Hall windows and opted to cover them. These attractive steel covers, pictured below adorn all the previous windows on the Hall and are a much appreciated addition.
By Pam Secord
Thanks again for another wonderful Flower Show, to everyone who volunteered in any way to make this show such a huge success. I would love to list everyone but fear I may miss someone. It's a pleasure to spend this weekend with all of you. Some we see all the time and some we haven't seen since the last Flower Show. Seeing the younger generations stepping up to learn the ropes is also a special treat. There's a lot of memories tied in with this show that will never be forgotten. I'm so proud to be a part of such a great community. See you all next spring!
By Lynda Richard
“The Good The Bad & The Bug-ily”
Do you know that it takes seven years or longer to develop a new variety of daffodil? How do they get the pollen off of a bee? How do you encourage the “good” bugs and discourage the unwanted pests in your garden? Find out at the 87th annual Bradner Flower Show.
This year we are celebrating all of Mother Nature’s critters that inhabit our garden and we are hoping to bring you a show that is interesting, informative and fun! Our guests and activities at this year's show will help you understand some of the aspects of growing flowers and vegetables with a focus on how we can help our gardens naturally, and without chemicals. We will have something different and of interest for everyone each day of the show.
Join us Friday, April 10th, when Jim Matteoni of Kwantlen Polythenic University and the Institute For Sustainable Horticulture will be our special guest to open the show. After the opening, Jim will be on hand just outside the doors in the “Speaker’s Corner” to answer all of your gardening questions. There will also be a performance by our famed and much loved Bradner Elementary Handbell Choir. Other special guests throughout the weekend include Bert the Mole Man, Chris Bodnar of Glen Valley Organic Farm and Jim Sadowski, an expert on Mason bees.
In keeping with what has proved popular with our patrons, we will have demos from local chefs, including Pamela E. Scott of Chef’s Pantry & Catering and Angie Quaale of Well Seasoned, who is also a newly elected Langley Township Councilor and appears regularly on Global TV. There will also be demos from Singletree Winery, Campbell’s Gold Meadery and Surlie Brewing.
In addition to the hundred's of varieties of daffodils that local growers present each year, there will be plant sales, crafts, and lots of food. On Saturday and Sunday we'll expand our venue to include additional displays in the Bradner School gym that will include Gerry Powers of the Central Valley Naturalists who specializes in birds of prey, The Langley Spinners & Weavers and too many more to list! There will also be musical performances from recording artist Ryan McAllister and the always lively Interurban Band.
The show dates are April 10, 11 & 12 from 10 am to 5 pm daily at Bradner Hall, 5305 Bradner Rd, Abbotsford. Admission is still only $2. For more information visit Facebook.com/BradnerHall, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-856-8441. Please note: this is a community fundraiser, in addition, all proceeds from cut flowers will be donated to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
HEADS UP BRADNER!
We are looking for donations of home baked goods for the Tea Room. If you can spare the time your donation is badly needed very much appreciated. You can drop off baked goods at Bradner Hall all day long, the day prior to the show, and any time during the show.
It's Bradner Flower Show time again and we are looking for volunteers, Friday April 10th, 2015 to Sunday April 12th, 2015. The show runs each day from 10:00 am – 5:00pm. We are needing help in the Tearoom (food prep and table bussing), directing traffic, welcoming visitors and taking entrance fees at the door. This year we will have the main front door, as well as, someone collecting money at the side door of hall and in the school gym on Saturday and Sunday.
As the Flower Show is the Community Club’s main event of the year, your help is very much needed.
If you are interested or know of someone who is, please pass on my contact information, and let me know through email or phone - email@example.com 604 856-4929
Thanks again for your help,
Bradner Community Club
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