Government House flower arrangers to share secrets

"Not to be missed and worth the visit," said Don Sinclair, president of the Cowichan Valley Garden Club of the upcoming Spring Flower Show coming up on Saturday, May 30.

"For weeks the members of the Cowichan Valley Garden Club have been preparing for their annual judged Spring Flower Show and Tea this Saturday. The show is an opportunity to step back in time, be in the moment and enjoy the pleasure of flowers and plants and leave all stress behind," he said.

The show runs from 1-4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church Hall, 5800 Church Rd., Duncan. Admission is $3 and afternoon tea is $4. Children 10 and under get in free.

"From the moment you drive on to the heritage church grounds, to walking up the stairs and entering the bright, open hall your senses will be enlivened by a profusion of colourful plants beckoning you to swoop to smell and marvel at their textures," Sinclair said.

Special guests at the show this year will be Audrey Smith and Rene Barr of the Victoria Floral Artists Guild.

The highly acclaimed guild members do flower arrangements on a volunteer basis for Government House. They will host a free demonstration at 2 p.m. on how to create

a floral design. Designs demonstrated will include the latest trends and simple designs you can make at home.

The guild was established in 1949 and the session will be top quality and of interest to anyone who has a love of floral art or gardening, said organizers.

"The goal of a flower show is also to educate people about floral design and stimulate interest in horticulture and provide an outlet for creative expression for the Garden Club members," said Esther Craig, convener of this year’s show.

"There will be a stunning flower and plant exhibit featured from best flowering exhibits, best potted plant, general decorative to best photograph and a variety of other categories in between. The Spring Flower Show is a culmination of the gardeners’ labour being showcased to delight the attendees."

The general public is also invited to exhibit their talent by entering a floral design or flower cuts from the garden. Entering is free.

Displays are staged Friday, May 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. For further details go to www.cowichanvalleygardenclub. com or call Esther Craig at 250-246-2422.

Cowichan Valley Garden Club