Get into the warm weather mood at Burnaby Blooms held at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts this Saturday and Sunday.
In partnership with floral designers Fleurs de Villes, fresh off its Jardin exhibit at Metropolis at Metrotown, this free springtime festival features striking works of art made from flowers, plants and foliage by eight artists.
“We are thrilled to bring a fresh, local gardening approach to our international flower show family, called Fleurs de Villes Jardin in working with the City’s talented team,” said Fleurs de Villes co-founder Tina Barkley.
“Burnaby, with its dozens of Eco-sculptures, presents the perfect backdrop for the lovely flower-dressed ladies who are sure to present some show-stopping, Instagram-worthy photos.”
The city’s Eco-sculptures will be on display like a butterfly, carousel horses, sheep, insects (caterpillar, spider, ladybug) and more. Visitors are encouraged to snap photos, help to create one of the three bee sculptures to be put on display later this year, or learn about the process from the Burnaby horticulture department.
Other highlights include on-site market vendors and live entertainment, as well as the following guided tours taking place on Sunday:
Spring Birds at Deer Lake (8:30 a.m): discover the activity of these feathered creatures in and around the lake. From herons to hawks and woodpeckers to warblers, there’s plenty of species to observe on the water and in the woods and fields.
Century Gardens (11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m./1 to 1:30 p.m.): check out the new rhododendrons and trees around the ponds and find out why they’ve been added to the park.
Discover the Heronry (11:30 to 2 p.m.): get an up close and personal look at Heron breeding grounds, a short walk from Shadbolt. Watch the magnificent birds as they build nests, lay eggs and raise their young.
Call 604-205-3043 to pre-register for a tour.