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      Stop and smell the roses in Vancouver for the next 10 days: the Fleurs de Villes Rosé event is here.  

      Hosted by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and Robson Street Business Association, this year’s Fleurs de Villes spring event is in support of breast cancer research. From June 11 to 20, Vancouverites can explore downtown, surrounded by extravagant floral installations in the shape of couture mannequins, giant hearts, elegant sculptures, and more. 

      Funding for the installations came from various sponsors across the city. A portion of this money will go toward the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

      English Garden Swing at the Blue Horizon Hotel/1225 Robson/floral display by Lam's Ear Floral, Blush and Balsam, Dogwood Designs
      Breanne Doyle

      Enlisting the flower power of two-dozen local botanists and florists in Vancouver, the flowery trail will feature over 50 pop-up installations in the heart of the city. This event is free, and because most of the installations are outside, this is a safe and socially distanced safe occasion. 

      Pick up your paper-copy map (or download it on your phone via QR code) at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and take the most Instagram-able stroll you’ll walk this summer. Follow the trail to Robson Street and peep at the various mannequins, donned in elaborate flower displays, on top of bus stops, shop awnings, and on street corners. Next, head down to the waterfront area to find lavish flower-bombed antique cars and phone booths stuffed with blossoms. And on June 13, check out the pop-up flower stands along the trail, with a portion of the proceeds supporting breast cancer research.

      Shaw Brighter Blooms Floral Pyramid/Jack Poole Plaza/floral display by Greenscape Design and Decor
      Breanne Doyle

      At the end of your flower-filled promenade, partake in a special Floral High Tea menu at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s 1931 Gallery Bistro, which will play host to the Kim Crawford Rosé Terrace. You can also enjoy a drink and meal from the flower-adorned food truck in the Oakridge x Pac Rim Patio (situated in the plaza between the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel and Shaw Tower), or head to Chef David Hawksworth’s Nightingale restaurant for a special Rosé menu.

      Kim Crawford Rosé Terrace at Vancouver Art Gallery’s 1931 Gallery Bistro
      Breanne Doyle

      The Fleurs de Villes Rosé international tour kicked off in Miami earlier this year and will travel across the world in 14 different cities in countries such as the U.S., U.K., Australia, and South Africa throughout this year and next. The Vancouver event kicks off the Canadian leg of its tour. It will head to Toronto and Montreal later in 2021.  

      “We are delighted to open our beautiful floral trails in Canada this year in our own backyard of Vancouver,” said Karen Marshall, cofounder of Fleurs de Villes, in a press release for the event. “With such enthusiasm from so many community partners, this is an important event helping to draw people together to support local businesses, florists and breast cancer research.” 

      This year’s Vancouver show features flower displays made by Flower Factory, FlowerZ, Botany & Bloom, Arbutus Florist, Elderberry Floral Shop, and many more.

      Pan-Abode Rose Cottage at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel/900 Canada Place/floral display by Fleurs de Villes Fleuristes
      Breanne Doyle