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Valley flowers show up for Ukraine

The theme for this year’s event, which was the first to take place since the beginning of the pandemic, was “The Roaring 20s.” The floral arrangement categories featured prompts like “Black and White Movies,” “Suffragettes,” and the “Golden Age of Radio”. A total of 36 exhibitors contributed to 192 colourful entries, and of those 36, 11 were new exhibitors who made up for 39 entries.


A young girl stands behind a table, there are several large sunnflowers in jars with attached ribbons on the table
Olivia Bourdeau shows off her special prize during the 37th edition of the Valley Flower Show, which took place on July 23.  Her family planted sunflowers a few years back which reseeded across the garden and Olivia says that, of the volunteer crop, “I knew it was the one.” PHOTO Lorelei Muller


The judges were Darleen Sabetta, who is also chair of the Home and Garden Committee at Expo Ormstown, and Sharon DeGaspé-Power, a Havelock resident who is also a member of Montreal’s Diggers and Weeders garden club. Sabetta judged the arrangements, houseplants, and outdoor plants, while DeGaspé-Power judged the cut-flower section. Sabetta noted that judging was a challenge this year, saying, “Everybody is so talented in so many ways!” Besides the flowers themselves, the event also featured a silent auction and raffle with prizes such as hand-picked blueberries and items donated from local businesses. On top of that, the Ormstown Dairy Bar gave coupons to all children and the names of new exhibitors were entered into a raffle for a prize. Used books from the local book club were also available for purchase.  

This year, a special point of the event was to show support for Ukraine. The proceeds raised will be donated to Stephanie Maynard’s Chateauguay Valley for Ukraine campaign. Sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine so there was a special prize for the winner of this year’s sunflower class based on a watercolour sunflower painting by Lorelei Muller which was available in the silent auction. In total, the whole event raised $1500 for the campaign. (CF)

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1 Comment

Alex 2022-08-15 at 13:13

Flowers are always pretty and the good weather is helping to be able to see lots of them everywhere in the area, thanks so much for sharing this article, so I could learn more about this event, congratulations to all participants.


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