Members may be interested in attending the Bradner Flower Show in April. Wendie Kottmeier and I have visited in the past and it is well worth it. Maybe we should organize car pooling – anyone interested should contact me – Angela Miller – firstname.lastname@example.org
92nd Annual Bradner Flower Show! April 17,18 & 19, 2020! Daily 10am to 5pm.
All proceeds from cut flowers donated to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
When Fenwick and Charlotte Fatkin moved to the Bradner area from England via Vancouver, Fenwick recognized right away that the area’s climate and soil would be perfect for growing daffodils.
If you look closely at a daffodil, the very intricacy of the flower – the extension of the trumpet – there are few flowers more incredible looking in all of nature.
That beauty was exactly what inspired Fenwick Fatkin to start the Bradner Flower Show in 1928 holding it in his living room – or parlour as it was then called. It was modelled after the popular parlour shows that were held in his native England, resulting in Bradner becoming known as the Daffodil Capital of Canada.
When the show was in its beginnings, there were only 10 types of daffodils on display. Today there are more than 400.
The event also features displays, food in the tearoom, crafts, artwork, wine tasting and gardening experts. There will be loads of plants, shrubs and cut flowers on sale at well below retail prices from local growers who do not normally sell to the public.
Members of the Fatkin family still farm daffodils in Bradner and still actively volunteer at the show. Pauline Isherwood (nee Fatkin), granddaughter of Fenwick, is the show’s chairperson