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Valley Flower Show set to jazz up rec centre

After a two-year hiatus, the Valley Flower Show is back for its 37th year! On Saturday, July 23, the Ormstown Recreation Centre will be blooming with colours and smells. The theme had been previously picked in anticipation of the 2020 show – The Roaring ‘20s! There will be the usual classes, such as cut flowers, house plants, and outdoor plants; but, in keeping with the theme of The Roaring ‘20s, the floral arranging classes will have names such as “The Great Gatsby,” “Flapper Dress,” and “The Depression Era.”

In past years, profits have typically gone towards the Barrie Memorial Hospital; but this year, with the ongoing devastation of the war on Ukraine, it was decided that profits would go towards Ukrainians in need – specifically, those who come to the Chateauguay Valley.


The distinctive poster for this year’s Valley Flower Show, coming on July 23, was created by artist Lorelei Muller who explains, “The flowers depicted in the image are roses, wisteria, Asiatic lilies, and calla lilies, which were popular during the 1920s and the art deco movement.”  ILLUSTRATION Lorelei Muller


Anyone is welcome to participate, and there are two children’s sections divided up by age. If you’re new to flower arranging, you can Google all sorts of tips and tricks. Pinterest is a great app to get inspiration from if you need a bit of help with creativity. If you think you’d like to participate, begin thinking of what is typically blooming in your gardens in mid-July. Would they make a better cut flower, or could an arrangement be done? Do you need to do any special preparation throughout the summer to have them looking their best, such as trimming/pruning and extra fertilizing?

Chairperson Judy Doucette eagerly says, “We are happy to get this show back up and running. We hope the community is ready also!” Doors will be open to the public for viewing from 1 to 4 p.m. at 87 Roy Street in Ormstown. Entrance is $5 for adults and $2 for children aged 10 and under. Current public health guidelines will be in effect. If you are interested in participating and would like a program, don’t hesitate to contact Judy Doucette 450-829-3742, Heidi Rankin 450-829-3039, or Susan Evans 450-829-3086.


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