Advertisement

Garden and Outdoor Living Show a Success

Share:

Feature 06
Garden and Outdoor Living Show at Niverville Heritage Centre Brenda Sawatzky

On Saturday, April 14, the Heritage Centre atrium was filled with blooming colour and lively anticipation for the summer ahead. The first annual Garden and Outdoor Living Show, organized by Heritage Centre staff and Shirley Hoult of Communities in Bloom, is a fundraising event supporting greenspace initiatives around the community. 

This year’s goal was to raise funds for the Heritage Gardens pavilion project, a 26-foot diameter structure designed to model Niverville’s original grain elevator built in 1879. The pavilion will be a focal point amidst the expansive gardens, providing a place for people to connect with their heritage through the use of storyboards and props such as stained-glass windows depicting Niverville’s history and wood salvaged from the original elevator.

“The pavilion will be used for community events including music, art, and drama in the gardens,” says Hoult. “It will be a wonderful addition and should encourage more [of the] community and external visitors to them.”

The total build cost of the structure is estimated at $75,000. Niverville Communities in Bloom has already received a very generous donation for the concrete pad from a local company. 

While the Garden Show committee anticipated that they would raise $2,500 for the project, the final tally exceeded $4,000. 

“The show was a huge success,” says Robert Manchulenko, Chief Officer of Hospitality and Support Services of the Niverville Heritage Centre. “[This] show was developed to benefit the community. The pavilion project was selected first, but we hope that the show continues to grow and future funds can be put back into the community to benefit other greenspace initiatives.”

There was no admission to this year’s event. Funds for the project were procured through the sale of vendor space, raffles, a silent auction, and food services on site. Around 450 people attended, browsing through a wide range of vendors selling their services and wares from nursery stock to tree services and barbecues to screened enclosures. People came from as far away as Morden and Selkirk for the show.

A huge hit at this year’s event were the many workshops held back-to-back throughout the day. Attendees could participate in a gardener’s yoga class; learn about orchids, succulents and wild edibles; create their own rain garden; and master the art of backyard composting and tree care. 

“We were excited to see the support of the show,” Manchulenko says. “[The workshops went over] better than we anticipated. We had to have extra chairs brought in to the rooms.”

Special thanks, he says, go to the Town of Niverville, the Niverville Credit Union, and the Niverville Chamber of Commerce for their support of the event. As well to Shirley Hoult.

“She was instrumental in driving the show and donations,” he adds. “She is very community-minded and loved the idea of working to better greenspace in the town.”

Hoult says the timeframe for the pavilion build is dependent on funds raised, but with this fundraising effort they are well underway. Fundraising from the sale of benches, lamps, trees, and life celebration plaques in the gardens provides an ongoing way for people to participate in the project.

Advertisement
More FEATURES

Taking a Multipronged Approach to Wellness

For Manitobans, March is the time of year when we’re most ready for winter to leave. Anyone who made new year’s commitments surrounding health may be feeling discouraged. The exceptional snowy...

Read more

For Manitobans, March is the time of year when we’re most ready for winter to leave. Anyone who made new year’s commitments surrounding health may be feeling discouraged. The exceptional snowy...

Read more

Getting Fit and Staying Active

For Kids Just like adults, kids need to stay active. The difference is that kids are usually quite willing to participate if Mom or Dad is willing to arrange it. Before driving your...

Read more

For Kids Just like adults, kids need to stay active. The difference is that kids are usually quite willing to participate if Mom or Dad is willing to arrange it. Before driving your...

Read more
Advertisement

Organizing and Decluttering for Spring

Many homeowners understand the frustration of overcrowded garages and sheds, particularly when the item you’re looking for is buried behind and beneath things, or when you can’t get your vehicle...

Read more

Many homeowners understand the frustration of overcrowded garages and sheds, particularly when the item you’re looking for is buried behind and beneath things, or when you can’t get your vehicle...

Read more

Creating Safe and Chemical-Free Yard Spaces

Whether it boils down to our kids or pets, the natural ecosystem or the environment, more and more people are looking for ways to create chemical-free outdoor spaces to live in. And with court cases...

Read more

Whether it boils down to our kids or pets, the natural ecosystem or the environment, more and more people are looking for ways to create chemical-free outdoor spaces to live in. And with court cases...

Read more
Advertisement

Remembering the Flood of the Century

The Red River is hardly one of North America’s most notable rivers. It runs a mere 880 kilometres from its headwaters in North Dakota to its mouth at Lake Winnipeg, just the twenty-third longest...

Read more

The Red River is hardly one of North America’s most notable rivers. It runs a mere 880 kilometres from its headwaters in North Dakota to its mouth at Lake Winnipeg, just the twenty-third longest...

Read more

A Brief History of Red River Floods

Fortunately, the 2019 Red River Flood has turned out to be a relatively non-event, with the crest this week falling well short of the dire predictions made earlier in the year before an unusually...

Read more

Fortunately, the 2019 Red River Flood has turned out to be a relatively non-event, with the crest this week falling well short of the dire predictions made earlier in the year before an unusually...

Read more
Advertisement

Wedding Caterers Bring the Pièce de Résistance to Your Special Day

So many thoughtful details go into planning the perfect wedding day: the dress, the décor, the vows. But let’s face it, most of those things will only live on in the memories of the...

Read more

So many thoughtful details go into planning the perfect wedding day: the dress, the décor, the vows. But let’s face it, most of those things will only live on in the memories of the...

Read more

Selecting Wines for the Wedding Day

When wedding guests raise glasses to toast the happy couple, everyone wants what is in the glass to be pleasant. We also want the wines not to break the bank. Both can be achieved without much...

Read more

When wedding guests raise glasses to toast the happy couple, everyone wants what is in the glass to be pleasant. We also want the wines not to break the bank. Both can be achieved without much...

Read more
Time until next issue
Citizen Poll

Are you satisfied with the level of candidate choice available in your area so far in the 2022 municipal election?

For related articles, see links below.

Town of Niverville

Myron Dyck https://nivervillecitizen.com/...
Jason Alderson https://nivervillecitizen.com/...
Nathan Dueck https://nivervillecitizen.com/...
Meghan Beasant https://nivervillecitizen.com/...
Chris Wiebe https://nivervillecitizen.com/...
Bill Fast https://nivervillecitizen.com/...
John Funk https://nivervillecitizen.com/...

RM of Ritchot

Chris Ewen https://nivervillecitizen.com/...
Ron Mamchuk https://nivervillecitizen.com/...