Mi­nor makeover planned for show­house

The Niagara Falls Review - - News -

It’s main­te­nance time for the Flo­ral Show­house.

The 73-year-old at­trac­tion run by the Ni­a­gara Parks Com­mis­sion will be closed from Mon­day through to Oct. 21 for mi­nor ren­o­va­tions in­clud­ing paint­ing and some win­dow re­place­ments.

The work is ex­pected to brighten up the place, which last year at­tracted 59,000 fans of flow­ers and green­ery. It’s on the Ni­a­gara Park­way just north of Duf­ferin Is­lands.

“There was one ma­jor ad­di­tion to it in the early 1980s, the front vis­i­tors cen­tre,” said Parks spokesman Tony Baldinelli.

“But the show­house it­self dates back over 70 years and por­tions (of the orig­i­nal build­ing) are still there.”

When the show­house re­opens Oct. 22, it will fea­ture its an­nual chrysan­the­mum show, which in­cludes dif­fer­ent va­ri­etals of the au­tumn flower in­clud­ing spi­ral chrysan­the­mum trees.

This year’s show in­cor­po­rates the colour of the year, ul­tra vi­o­let, in what’s de­scribed as a twist on the tra­di­tional au­tumn scene.

The first Flo­ral Show­house opened in 1894 and was re­con­structed in 1945.

Among its most fa­mous res­i­dents is the Ti­tan Arum, the world’s tallest flower, which blooms reg­u­larly.

The Flo­ral Show­house is in­cluded on the parks com­mis­sion’s Ad­ven­ture Pass, which of­fers ad­mis­sion to dif­fer­ent at­trac­tions. While it is closed, users can sub­sti­tute it for passes to the White Wa­ter Walk.

JULIE JOCSAK THE ST. CATHARINES STAN­DARD

Jes­sica Bond, man­ager of de­sign at Ni­a­gara Parks Com­mis­sion.

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