Bradner Flower Show celebrates ‘blast from the past’

Community event going strong in Abbotsford after 90 years, returns April 13-15

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 embark on a venture so many years ago that has resulted in Bradner becoming known as the Daffodil Capital of Canada.

Who could have guessed that, when Fenwick Fatkin started the Bradner Flower Show in 1928, it would still be going strong?

This year’s show takes place Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15 at Bradner Community Hall and Elementary School, 5305 Bradner Rd. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The first flower show took place in Fatkin’s 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 the show was in its beginnings, there were only 10 types of daffodils on display. Today there are more than 400.

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

This year will mark the 90th year the show has been in existence, and it will honour Fenwick with the show’s theme “Blast from the Past.”

Members of the Fatkin family still farm daffodils in Bradner and are still actively volunteering at the show. Pauline (Fatkin) Isherwood, granddaughter of Fenwick, is the show’s chairperson.

This year’s show features special guest Brian Minter, well-known gardening expert and newspaper columnist (also Minter Gardens and Minter Country Garden).

He will appear at the show’s opening at 2 p.m. on Friday, and will answer questions.

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.

In honour of this year’s event, the Botanus company has put together a 90th anniversary collection of bulbs which are varieties developed in Bradner. The collection will be available for sale at the show.

The school gymnasium will be open on Saturday and Sunday, and will be full of items from local craftspeople. This year the bar will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Musical guests at the show include the Bradner Hand Bells at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday, traditional fiddler Anne Guite with guitarist Kurt Langmann on Saturday afternoon, and singer/songwriter Ryan McAllister on Sunday afternoon.

Local pianist Sue McKenzie will also be tinkling the ivories at various times throughout the show.

Admission is $2, and all funds from the sale of cut flowers will be donated to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Charity Langley car show starts tradition of caring for people with cancer

Ken Johnson wanted an event that to feature his late friend’s vehicle, and it grew into a car show.

UPDATED: Langley’s downtown business entity given 10-year extension

Langley City’s businesses can strategize future after new BIA bylaw was approved, president says.

Cloverdale horse barn goes up in flames

Fire crews work for hours to extinguish blaze on 184th Street

Self-guided Langley mural walk first of many new tourism experiences

Brochures are available for visitors and residents who want to check out some Langley City wall art.

VIDEO: Geocaching attracted adventure seekers to new Langley City event

Dozens of teams came out to discover a mix of art and nature during a new treasure hunt.

VIDEO: Annual Langley City Legendary Water Fight a fun way to beat the heat

Fire department crews bring water-filled trucks and hoses to the pool to douse patrons.

5 to start your day

Heat warning issued, man climbs a crane, a dog-sprinting event, and more

Non-union construction industry fears exclusion in B.C.

Premier John Horgan imposes ‘project labour agreements’ for public works

Climber with broken leg rescued after fall into ravine near Hope

The 26-year-old had a flare to show rescuers where he was.

Trump, Putin sit down a bit late for closely watched summit

Trump and Putin arrived Monday at Helsinki’s presidential palace for a long-awaited summit.

In TV interview, Trump claims queen called Brexit ‘complex’

Asked the queen’s view on Brexit, Trump said: “She said it’s a very complex problem.”

Exotic corpse flower begins to emit its putrid scent at Vancouver conservatory

A unique and exotic tropical plant, acclaimed for its size and abhorred for its smell, is blooming at a Vancouver conservatory.

CREA reports June home sales down 10.7% from year ago, but up from May

The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales in June were down 10.7 per cent compared with a year ago.

Tens of thousands give heroes’ welcome to Croatia team

Euphoria gave way to a mixture of disappointment and pride for Croatia fans after their national team lost to France in its first ever World Cup final.

Most Read