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Annual show runs from April 8 to 10 at Bradner Hall

The annual Bradner Flower Show takes place this week in Abbotsford. The show runs from April 8 to 10.

The annual Bradner Flower Show takes place this week in Abbotsford. The show runs from April 8 to 10.

The 88th annual Bradner Flower Show takes place Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10 at Bradner Hall (5305 Bradner Rd.)

The show runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, with proceeds from the sale of cut flowers going to Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre.

The show opens on Friday with special guest Peter Fitzmaurice, a vice-president at GardenWorks who appears regularly on Global TV as the Saturday morning gardening expert.

He will be on hand at 1 p.m. in the speakers’ corner to answer questions, and at 2 p.m. will preside over the opening ceremonies, which includes a performance by the Bradner Elementary hand bell choir.

Other special guests throughout the weekend include Bert the Mole Man, Chris Bodnar of Glen Valley Organic Farm, Chef Pamela E, and demos from local wineries Singletree and Campbell’s Gold.

In addition to the hundreds of varieties of daffodils that local growers present each year, there will be plant sales, crafts, and lots of food.

On Saturday and Sunday, the venue will expand to include additional displays in the Bradner School gym that will include Gerry Powers of the Central Valley Naturalists with his birds of prey display, the Langley Spinners and Weavers, and many more.

Musical performances include recording artist Ryan McAllister, the Circle of Friends Band and the West Coast Fiddlers.

As an added feature, this year’s show will be decorated by the floral designers at Simply Perfect Flowers.

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.”

The show is produced by the Bradner Community Club, a longstanding service organization operated on a fully volunteer basis.

Fenwick’s family is involved in the show to this day, with granddaughter Pauline serving as co-chair. Each year, several thousand people arrive to take in the displays and activities at the show.

Admission is $2. For more information, visit Facebook.com/BradnerHall, email bradnerflowershow@gmail.com or call 604-856-8441.