Fleurs de Villes Niagara Falls

Hello and welcome to Weekend Coffee Share #41! I’m glad you’re here. Please come on in, help yourself to a cup of coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate at my coffee station and let’s chat.

It was a week of lovely autumnal weather, with daytime high temperatures ranged from 20C to 22C (68F-72F). I did my best to be outside in it:

  • I treated one of my nieces to a belated birthday Sunday brunch. Good food, good conversation.
  • I celebrated Thanksgiving Monday on October 11 by going to Toronto Islands with my family in the morning, then met up with my neighbour for a 5K walk in the afternoon, before returning home for a special dinner.
  • I did a lot of cycling and walking on the next three days to see various historic sites and public art exhibits.

Last Friday, I shared the first half of my best trip to Niagara Falls which covered the spectacular waterfalls. Today I’m sharing the second half which covers the Fleurs de Villes Niagara Falls floral trail.

Floral Butterfly.

About Fleurs de Villes

Fleurs de Villes events are organized in various cities around the world. I was thrilled to attend two of them close to home this year: Fleurs de Villes Rosé in Toronto (August 4-8) and in Niagara Falls, Canada (September 24 – October 3). Both events were free.

Fleurs de Villes Niagara Falls

Fleurs de Villes floral installations in Niagara Falls were spread out along a trail with a short uphill hike. My sister and I picked up a brochure that includes a map and listing of the floral exhibits. Most of them were outdoors and some were indoors.

The weather was perfect for our walk: Sunny, high 21C (70F) and calm wind. We had so much fun chatting, following the trail, discovering, viewing the floral displays up close and taking photos. I hope you enjoy the following photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Floral designs with autumnal and orange hues

Swinging Mannequin.
Swinging Mannequin.
Floral Wreath.
Floral Wreath.
Floral Railings and Stairs.
Floral Railings and Stairs outside Niagara Parks Police Station includes beautiful dahlias, berries and yellow leaves.
Queen Victoria Mannequin.
Queen Victoria Mannequin looks regal in a cream dress made up of fresh roses and mums, and burgundy accessories.
Bell Media Phone Booth.
Bell Media Phone Booth wrapped with beautiful autumnal garlands.
Orange Floral Hoop in remembrance of the Residential School Children
Orange Floral Hoop in remembrance of the Residential School Children.
Floral Rainbow at the Falls and a real rainbow.
Ketel One Botanical Floral Rainbow at the Falls and a real rainbow.
Three Sisters Indigenous Mannequin.
Three Sisters Indigenous Mannequin is designed to represent and honour the companion planting of corn, beans and squash, an agricultural practice used by the Indigenous peoples of this region.
Corn, beans and squash - the 'Three Sisters'.
Corn, beans and squash became known to the Haudenosaunee as the ‘Three Sisters’, for how they functioned together to provide a steady source of nutrition and sustenance.
Floral Tomato Truck, a classic Studebaker truck at Zappi’s.
Fallsview Mannequin at the corner #2 in autumnal hues.
Fallsview Mannequin at the corner #2.
Floral Staircase.
Floral Staircase (orange carpet) inside Marriott on the Falls.

Floral designs in other colours

Click on any image to see it in larger size and use the arrows to move through the gallery. Marilyn Monroe starred in the film Niagara in 1953. The mannequin dress was made of red rose petals.

It was my sister’s first visit to Fleurs de Villes. We both loved the floral trail and enjoyed our trip to Niagara Falls. Thank you for following along virtually.

Linking to #Colour2021: Orange, #FOTD, #LifeThisWeek, #PPAC18, #SundayStills: Orange.

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  1. How was your week?
  2. Which of the above floral designs are your favourites?
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82 thoughts on “Fleurs de Villes Niagara Falls

  1. rawsonjl October 15, 2021 / 8:12 am

    Oh wow! Those flowers displays are just beautiful!

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 12:09 pm

      I was in awe of the florists’ creativity and skills.

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      • smkelly8 October 17, 2021 / 6:19 pm

        This post just shows how glorious fall can be.

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        • Natalie October 17, 2021 / 6:49 pm

          Good to hear from you Susan. I hope you’re doing well. Fall is a beautiful season. We had perfect weather on the day we visited Niagara Falls.

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  2. leannelc October 15, 2021 / 8:13 am

    Hi Natalie – what beautiful flower arrangements! I love the mannequin ones the best – making outfits from flowers is just so clever – and they look better than clothes 🙂

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 12:10 pm

      Hi Leanne, I love the floral mannequins, too. They’re beautiful with so many fresh flowers on them.

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  3. Heyjude October 15, 2021 / 8:39 am

    What a fabulous floral trail, just the sort of thing I love. Thanks for sharing this with me.

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 12:11 pm

      Jude, I’m glad you liked this floral trail. The florists did an outstanding job. Thank you for hosting #Colour2021.

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  4. Thattamma C.G Menon October 15, 2021 / 8:43 am

    Floral arrangements are wonderful 👌🌷🙏and your beautiful article also 👍🏻😊lovely day too 👏🍁🥀

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 12:12 pm

      Thank you, Thattamma. I’m glad you liked the floral displays. Have a great day!

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      • Thattamma C.G Menon October 15, 2021 / 12:41 pm

        Thank you so much dear and I like your posts so much 🌷🙏♥️👌
        Happy weekend 👏😊

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  5. Jill Weatherholt October 15, 2021 / 9:25 am

    Wow! Gorgeous arrangements! Thanks for taking us along, Natalie. Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 12:13 pm

      Thank you Jill for joining me virtually,. The florists did a wonderful job for this event. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Betty October 15, 2021 / 9:44 am

    This was beautiful! And so creative! I have never heard of Fleus de Villes. I would love to visit something like this in person. Now, I did click on the images to see them larger, but nothing happened. Even so, this post get top marks! I do wonder if the flowers are real. If so, how do they not wilt? Great capture of the floral rainbow with a real rainbow! And I also really like the Three Sisters Indigenous Mannequin. Actually, I like them all! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 12:24 pm

      Betty, Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked this post and photos. The image gallery shows the photos as thumbnails then when I click on any image, the image is bigger, at the size that I saved.

      I included a link to the Fleurs de Villes event schedule in my post. It’s happening in New York City Oct 8-17, then in Seattle Dec 17-27. There are dates in Montreal, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne in Australia, Cape Town in South Africa, etc.

      Most of the flowers on this trail are real. The florists have techniques to make them last for the event duration (10 days). The floral displays do look better at the start of the event as opposed to the end so I’d suggest to go as soon as possible. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Janet Alcorn October 15, 2021 / 12:22 pm

    These displays are incredible! Such wonderful artistry. I’ve always wanted to learn how to arrange flowers.

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 12:29 pm

      Janet, The florists did an outstanding job at this event. I think a flower arrangement course is fun and useful.

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  8. Terri Webster Schrandt October 15, 2021 / 12:41 pm

    A wonderful set of outings and what glorious weather, Natalie! Love your orange images and everything looks warm, sunny, and inviting. So interesting how the indigenous people cultivated and relied on corns, beans, and squash for their food. You were quite busy with a birthday lunch and Thanksgiving. Toronto always seems to have such interesting and unique art events and it’s great you keep up with it all and eventually share it with your readers! Glad to see your link for Sunday Stills!

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 1:35 pm

      Terri, We’ve had such a mild autumn so far and I take advantage of any nice day I get, to be outside. Toronto is a big supporter of the arts. There are always several art events going on plus great displays by local artists. My phone camera is full of photos, waiting to be shared on my blog. Thank you for hosting Sunday Stills. I like colour challenges. They’re fun to participate.

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  9. Cee Neuner October 15, 2021 / 1:56 pm

    Oh this is absolutely stunning 😀 😀

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 5:25 pm

      Thank you, Cee. I’m glad you liked the floral displays.

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 5:28 pm

      The florists did an outstanding job. I was glad to see two Fleurs de Villes events in one year, and my sister loved what she saw at Fleurs de Villes Niagara Falls.

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  10. restlessjo October 15, 2021 / 4:30 pm

    Love the floral tomato truck and the mannequins, Natalie.

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 5:29 pm

      Jo, I love that truck and the mannequins, too. The floral dresses on the mannequins were incredible to see IRL.

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  11. Lydia C. Lee October 15, 2021 / 4:53 pm

    The lady on the swing and the queen are so great! I zoomed in to see the detail of Marilyn Monroe – the petal dress is stunning. What a fabulous excursion! We missed our flower show – lockdown again. (I also couldn’t comment on the post before mine for some reason so I did the one next to it – but I did visit both).

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 5:32 pm

      The mannequins are beautiful to see IRL. I love them all. The Bride Mannequin was incredibly well-designed, too.

      I couldn’t comment on Scribble and Scran blog either. I think the comments were accidentally turned off. There is no Contact form for me to notify him. I hope he’s reading the comments here.

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  12. Dan Antion October 15, 2021 / 8:13 pm

    These are wonderful photos, Natalie. It sounds like you had a great time.

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you, Dan. We had beautiful weather and a wonderful time in Niagara Falls.

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  13. Teresa October 15, 2021 / 9:07 pm

    Wow, this is wonderful to see. Thanks for sharing Natalie!

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    • Natalie October 15, 2021 / 9:53 pm

      Hurray, Teresa, you can leave comments on my blog now. The Fleurs de Villes floral displays are beautiful IRL. The florists did a fantastic job. Thank you for stopping by.

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  14. Kirstin October 15, 2021 / 10:29 pm

    WOW. These are stunning! I wonder how long it takes them to create these. I love the bride one and the bear is cute!

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    • Natalie October 16, 2021 / 10:35 am

      The Bride mannequin is stunning IRL. The Bear is huge and sits back in the corner. Made me think of a bear hug 🙂

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  15. Lizl/Liz Bennefeld October 15, 2021 / 11:22 pm

    Those mannequins are particularly striking. Lovely setting for the flowers. And another butterfly of flowers and twigs. Marvelous! Thank you!

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    • Natalie October 16, 2021 / 10:37 am

      You’re welcome, Lizl. I’m glad you liked these floral designs. The floral mannequins were truly beautiful IRL.

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  16. Maria October 16, 2021 / 2:29 am

    This floral trail is truly amazing, breathtaking! I prefer to scroll by the photos full size, it enhances the experiences (since your quality of photos are good. On some blogs the quality isn’t the best, and then I prefer smaller images, or having the choice of opening the ones I am particularly interested in.)

    Happy belated Thanksgiving!

    My week was very good, inspring. I attended a educational day about the importance of exercise for children, held by Carolina Klüft https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolina_Klüft. Our school participates in a sports program that she is in charge of. I enjoyed that day very much. I also read som books for school about ways to make school accessible for every student (especially special needs students,) that inspired and motivated me this week. Overall a fabulous week.

    Thank you for inviting us for coffee again 🙂

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    • Natalie October 16, 2021 / 10:47 am

      Thank you Maria for letting me know your preference on scrolling or clicking on images and why. I greatly appreciate this feedback. Thank you also for the pingback and the link to C. Klüft. I was so impressed by her amazing sports achievements. I’m glad you had a fabulous week. It’s always a pleasure to invite you for coffee 🙂

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  17. Susanne October 16, 2021 / 8:09 am

    Natalie, these are some fabulous flower arrangements! My favourites are the swinging mannequin and the butterfly, but all of them are special!
    I’ve had a good week with music, work and some photography. I think to see the photos on your blog, because you have a good blog design with large images I prefer to scroll. On blogs with a narrower content area I’d prefer to enter a gallery.
    Hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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    • Natalie October 16, 2021 / 2:40 pm

      Susanne, I also love the mannequins and the butterfly on this floral trail. The florists did a fantastic job. Thank you for letting me know your preference to scroll the images on my blog and why. I greatly appreciate your feedback. I’m glad to hear you had a good week. Here’s to a nice weekend!

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  18. csuhpat1 October 16, 2021 / 9:24 am

    Happy Bleated Birthday and a Bleated Thanksgiving.

    Those are some amazing flower arrangements. Wow, all of them are beautiful.

    Basically, all of your photos this week are amazing.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

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    • Natalie October 16, 2021 / 2:41 pm

      Thank you, Patrick, for your comment. I’m glad you liked the photos. The florists did an amazing job. Have a nice weekend!

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  19. Gary A Wilson October 16, 2021 / 11:00 am

    Hi Natalie. I loved this visit to Fleurs de Villes. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • Natalie October 16, 2021 / 2:42 pm

      Thank you, Gary, for your comment. I greatly appreciate it. Have a nice weekend!

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    • Natalie October 16, 2021 / 2:43 pm

      Thank you, Pam, for your comment. October is usually peak time for Fall colours here. I’m glad you like my photos. Have a nice weekend!

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  20. RuthScribbles October 16, 2021 / 3:26 pm

    The floral exhibits are just gorgeous!! Thx for sharing!

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    • Natalie October 16, 2021 / 3:33 pm

      You’re welcome, Ruth. My sister and I loved this floral trail. The florists did an amazing job.

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  21. Retirement Reflections October 16, 2021 / 9:21 pm

    Hi, Natalie – These floral designs are fabulous and so festive. I tried to choose a favourite but kept on changing my mind. I also LOVED the gorgeous fall colours!

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    • Natalie October 16, 2021 / 9:37 pm

      Hi Donna, This floral trail is truly beautiful and the sunny weather was a big help. I thought of your Three Sisters recipe when I saw the Three Sisters mannequin. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  22. Inspiring Max October 17, 2021 / 1:57 am

    Hi Natalie
    Your photos are amazing. Personally I love the swinging mannequin, Queen Victoria and the tomato truck. We loved Niagara Falls when we visited in Dec 2014. One day we will return.

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    • Natalie October 17, 2021 / 8:34 am

      Thank you, IM, for your compliment about my photos. I’m glad you had a good visit to Niagara Falls. The florists did a fantastic job for this floral trail. Your three favourites are excellent choices.

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  23. Antoinette Truglio Martin October 17, 2021 / 8:59 am

    Love this tour. I have been to the falls on the American side many times since my husband’s family is from Niagara Falls and both husband and I went to university in Buffalo. Its been a long time since venturing to the Canadian side. Time to make plans. Thanks a bunch.

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    • Natalie October 17, 2021 / 9:12 am

      So wonderful that you’ve been to Niagara Falls in the US many times. I love Horseshoe Falls and don’t mind going there again when I have an opportunity to go.

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  24. Deborah Drucker October 17, 2021 / 1:53 pm

    Some really beautiful floral exhibits. Hard to choose a favorite but I like the mannequin in the swing and the old truck.

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    • Natalie October 17, 2021 / 4:11 pm

      Excellent choices! The Swinging mannequin is stunning iRL and the truck is fun to see.

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  25. Astrid October 17, 2021 / 2:52 pm

    It sounds like you had a good week especially on Thanksgiving Monday. Thanks also for sharing about Fleurs de Villes. I remember your sharing about the Toronto edition of them too.

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    • Natalie October 17, 2021 / 4:12 pm

      Great memory, Astrid. I was thrilled to see two Fleurs de Villes events in one year and close to home.

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    • Natalie October 17, 2021 / 6:51 pm

      You’re welcome, Sue. I hope you’re doing well and feeling better. Have a wonderful week!

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  26. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid October 17, 2021 / 9:14 pm

    These are exquisite – thank you for the virtual tour! I love them all but I think the tomato truck is my favourite 🙂

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    • Natalie October 17, 2021 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you for joining me on the virtual tour, Sammie. That truck is a classic Studebaker and would be so much fun to drive 🙂

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  27. Rowena October 18, 2021 / 9:20 am

    Hi Natalie,
    Once again I was wafting along today, and forget to do my Coffee Share post until tonight. Spent too much time among the flannel flowers, as well as undertaking a 24 hr no screen challenge, which I didn’t exactly fail, but in my typical fashion had a few exceptions.
    I really loved your post this week and the breathtaking photos of the Fleurs de Villes Niagara Falls floral trail. They blew me away and thanks so much for sharing. I have a few friends who are florists and I’ll share it with them. They will be over the moon, especially after being in lockdown for 4 months.
    Hope you have a good week.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena
    PS Here’s my link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/

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    • Natalie October 18, 2021 / 9:30 am

      Hi Rowena, It would be a challenge to blog when you’re undertaking a 24 hr no screen challenge 🙂 The florists did an amazing job for the Fleurs de Villes events, both in Niagara Falls and Toronto. I included the link to the Toronto event in my post. Feel free to share with your florists friends. The flowers and their colours are instant mood lifters.

      There is an upcoming Fleurs de Villes event from Nov 12 to 21 in Melbourne, and next year on August 19-28 at the Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney. I hope you and your friends get to see either or both events. Have a wonderful week!

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      • Rowena October 18, 2021 / 9:36 am

        Thanks so much for letting me know about the Australian Fleurs de Villes events. It will be interesting to see how the Melbourne one goes. They come out of their umpteenth lockdown this Friday although the numbers are still high for us. Queensland and Western Australia aren’t allowed to leave the state. The rest of us are contaminated. I will try to make it to the one in Sydney. It’s stunning.
        Best wishes,
        Rowena

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        • Natalie October 18, 2021 / 9:55 am

          I read about Melbourne long lockdown. I hope the reopening goes well without setback. Most of the Fleurs de Villes displays in Toronto and Niagara Falls were outdoors and well spaced out. We also have high vaccination rate and a mask mandate to enter indoor public spaces.

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  28. Ju-Lyn October 19, 2021 / 3:14 am

    I looked at the images before I read your text – and was wondering why some of the exhibits looked similar to some of the ones you shared earlier this year at the Fleur de Villes Rose. Now I know. I wonder how many of the same sculptor florists joined again.

    So many stunning displays – my favourite has to be the Three Sisters because of the delightful squash. I have a soft spot for pumpkins and all interesting looking squashes!

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    • Natalie October 19, 2021 / 8:21 am

      According to the two event brochures, some of the florists were in both events but not all. If you like squashes and pumpkins, October is prime season to see them here.

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  29. Denyse Whelan Blogs October 20, 2021 / 1:31 am

    How interesting to see there are events coming up in Australia too, Natalie. Thanks for that. I admit I do love a massed floral display and with “nothing” happening here (of course, the flowers are coming up) yet thanks to lockdown just finished…I would enjoy a walk to see some of these beauties.
    Thanks so much for linking up for #LifeThisWeek. Next week I will publish the second half of the Women of Courage Wrap but the optional prompt is “X Marks the Spot”. Great to have your blog as part of the community here this week. Denyse.

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    • Natalie October 20, 2021 / 8:22 am

      Hi Denyse, Fleurs de Villes currently schedules an event in the Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney in August 2022. I’m glad to hear your lockdown ended and the Spring flowers are coming up. I hope you get to see your Dad, enjoy a cup of coffee at your favourite coffee shop, and other small pleasures. Have a great week!

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  30. Manja Maksimovič October 24, 2021 / 7:03 am

    Ah, what a magnificent exhibition. I’d love to stroll there encountering these beauties as well.

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    • Natalie October 24, 2021 / 8:55 am

      Manja, It was a beautiful floral trail and we lucked out on the sunny weather. Thank you for your comment. Have a great week!

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