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The Industry Gives Back to the Community During 36th CanWest Hort Expo

In late September, local businesses and landscape professionals came together to build an everlasting stone feature at Tradex, Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, British Columbia. It was a project two years in the making.

The build was organized by the CanWest Hort Expo as part of its annual “hands on” workshops to teach landscapers how to incorporate stone into their work. The final product features a permanent sitting wall located at the Tradex front entrance. It will be finished with soil and plants for visitors to admire for years to come. Local suppliers from Abbotsford donated product for the wall.

“It’s great to be able to participate in this project,” said Bob Tiller, GM of NorthWest Landscape & Stone Supply, who led a full-day workshop during the expo. “Every year we will be able to come back to Tradex and admire everyone’s hard work and accomplishment.”

For the past 36 years, CanWest has been the meeting place for buyers and sellers for British Columbia’s horticulture industry including wholesale nursery and greenhouse growers, garden centre retailers, and landscape professionals. The Expo features nearly 300 booths and draws approximately 3,000 industry professionals.

Rosa Flora Ltd. Hosts Petals & Plates Kickoff

The inaugural Petals & Plates Dinner took place Sept. 16 at Rosa Flora Ltd. in Dunnville, Ontario.

Sponsored by Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc., Petals & Plates is a series of flower-focussed farm dinners that highlights Canadian flower growers.

Rosa Flora sat guests at a 100-foot harvest table in the middle of the company’s blooming snapdragon greenhouse. The sold-out event included a cocktail reception in the tropical atrium, a guided walking tour of the facilities, and a seasonal four-course artisan meal prepared by a local chef.

Otto and Corine Bulk grew hybrid tea roses and established Rosa Flora in 1978. The family-owned business has been passed down from one generation to the next. The largest greenhouse cut flower operation in Canada today, it now grows gerberas, snapdragons, lisianthus, and stephanotis.

To learn more about Petals and Plates, visit www.petalsandplates.ca.

Katie Hendrick
Katie Hendrick is the editor-in-chief of Canadian Florist.
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