Penticton’s LocoLanding wraps up season making fresh flower bouquets for students – Keremeos Review

On Tuesday, volunteers create bouquets of fresh cut flowers in the gardens of LocoLanding. The 150 bouquets were delivered to students and staff at Out’ma School on Penticton Indian Band lands. (Western News by Monique Tamminga)
LocoLanding owner Diana Stirling cuts flowers at the adventure park, turning them into beautiful bouquets.  (Western News by Monique Tamminga)LocoLanding owner Diana Stirling cuts flowers at the adventure park, turning them into beautiful bouquets. (Western News by Monique Tamminga)
A few bouquets ready to go.  (Monique Tamminga)A few bouquets ready to go. (Monique Tamminga)
Volunteers have fun at LocoLanding by making bouquets.  (Western News by Monique Tamminga)Volunteers have fun at LocoLanding by making bouquets. (Western News by Monique Tamminga)

Volunteers spent a beautiful Tuesday morning cutting all the flowers in the gardens at LocoLanding Adventure Park and turning them into 160 bouquets of fresh flowers which were delivered to students at Out’ma School on Indian Band land. of Penticton.

It has become an annual tradition to cut the flowers that grow all around the large park on Riverside Drive and create bouquets of fresh flowers to distribute.

“It’s a great way to end our season here at LocoLanding. Our gardener Ken does a great job with our gardens. Bouquets are a great way to thank the community.

This year, 14 volunteers made bouquets of sunflowers, dahlias and carnations that grow throughout the park.

The dahlias that visitors can enjoy during the summer are actually tended over the winter at Stirling’s parents and then planted out in the spring.

The group expected to make over 160 bouquets, with any extras going to Penticton seniors’ residences.

“We started last year for Every Child Matters and are delighted to be delivering the bouquets to students again,” Stirling said on Tuesday.

The Out’ma Sqilx’w Cultural School serves students from kindergarten to grade eight and has approximately 90 students across 28 staff.

“Students can take the flowers home to their families, grandparents, mothers and aunts,” Stirling said. “Last year, seeing the faces of the students and watching them carefully choose the bouquet they wanted was just beautiful.”

“This is the second year we’ve brought the bouquets to Out’ma to show our love and respect,” she said.

Stirling and a strong contingent of volunteers and friends have come together to cut and make bouquets of fresh flowers for six years now. The vases are milkshake jars from one of Stirling’s other businesses, Cherry on Top Shake Shop.

One volunteer said it was one of his favorite experiences and he loved that each bouquet was handmade and unique.

“We can use our creative side,” said one volunteer.

It all started in 2014 when Stirling’s best friend Tracey Badger asked her mother to cut some fresh flowers from LocoLanding.

“My dad had passed away and I wanted to do something for my mum for their wedding anniversary. Diana and I started talking and I said ‘we should do something for the elderly in our community’.

Then they came up with the idea of ​​cutting all the flowers at the end of the LocoLanding season and giving bouquets to local seniors and places like hospices.

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