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Bradner Flower Show in Abbotsford features Carnival of Flowers

Scruffles the Clown opens the show, which runs April 12 to 14
The annual Bradner Flower Show takes place April 12 to 14 at Bradner Hall in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)

The Bradner Flower Show returns to Abbotsford from April 12 to 14.

The 94th event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at Bradner Community Hall, 5305 Bradner Rd. Admission is $2.50.

Scruffles the Clown, who is known for his balloon creations, opens the shown on Friday, April 12 at 2 p.m. This year’s theme is Carnival of Flowers.

Hundreds of daffodils will be on display, most of them unusual and grown in the Bradner area.

There will also be plants and shrubs for sale at wholesale prices from vendors who don’t normally sell to the public as well as arts and crafts from local artisans. The tearoom will also be open to purchase homemade soups, sandwiches and goodies.

As always, Bradner Community Club will donate all proceeds from cut-flower sales to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

Fenwick Fatkin started 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.

When Fenwick and Charlotte Fatkin moved to the Bradner area from England via Vancouver, he recognized right away that the area’s climate and soil would be perfect for growing daffodils.

When the show was in its beginnings, there were only 10 types of daffodils on display. Today, there are more than 400.

Members of the Fatkin family still farm daffodils in Bradner, and the show is coordinated by Pauline Isherwood, Fenwick’s granddaughter.

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