June 7 – TALK: Native Edible and Medicinal Plants
June 8 – OPENING REMARKS: Mayor and Council & PERFORMANCE: Tonye Aganaba
June 14 – TALK: Fluvial and Invasive Species
June 15 – MUSIC IN THE PLAZA: Good For Grapes
June 21 – TALK & ART ACTIVITY: Our Home and Native Bumblebees
June 22 – MUSIC IN THE PLAZA: Shyama-Priya and Desirée Dawson
June 28 – WORKSHOP: The Art of Ikebana Pre-registration required.
June 29 – MUSIC IN THE PLAZA: Clutë
July 5 – Weaving Wagon Pop-Up Studio
July 6 – MUSIC IN THE PLAZA: Shyama-Priya and Adam Robert Thomas
July 7 – PLANT SALE: performance by Em Chambers
July 8 – PLANT SALE: performance by Bre McDaniel
Throughout June, City Hall Plaza will blossom forth with a tribute to the biodiversity and beauty of Richmond’s native plants. Visitors are invited to enjoy the floral display as well as a series of musical performances, educational talks and family-friendly activities that will activate the Plaza during the installation period.
The majority of species featured in the Our Home and Native Bloom design are significant both for native pollinators such as bees and butterflies and as constituents of forest understory, bogs, foreshore marshes and shrub lands across Richmond and the lower mainland. Richmond’s island ecology sets the stage for the celebration of intrinsic ecosystem services essential to human and natural environments, such as flood storage, water filtration, temperature mitigation, pollination, carbon storage and soil stabilization.
This native species floral design was selected through an open design charrette competition attended by landscape architecture students and early career professionals in December 2016. The City is pleased to announce the winning design team from the UBC School of Landscape Architecture: Nicole Alden, Patrick Beech, Genevieve Depelteau, John Musil and Allison Tweedie.
Our Home and Native Bloom will officially open on June 7, 2017, and will end on July 7 and 8 with a celebratory plant sale event; all potted plants will be on sale to the public. A great way to add a bit of “Our Home and Native Bloom” to your own garden.
This project is a collaboration between the City of Richmond Public Art Program, Engineering Sustainability, Parks Services and Richmond Canada 150.