Donations of hundreds of planters and hanging baskets are on their way to Fort McMurray from greenhouses across western Canada. Michiel Verheul of High Q Greenhouses in Sturgeon County has gathered support from members of the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association (AGGA).
Members of AGGA contribute by helping communities to brighten up with colours when natural disasters have caused grief. They made a significant impact after the fire in Slave Lake (2011) and after the flood in Calgary and southern Alberta (2013).
Volunteers from United Way, St. Aidan’s Society, Habitat for Humanity and other social profit organizations based at The Redpoll Centre will be assisting with the free distribution of flowers on Friday, July 29, from 1 pm to 3 pm in the parking lot at Wajax located at 255 MacAlpine Crescent.
“The generosity of greenhouse owners is absolutely amazing,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director, The United Way of Fort McMurray. “Fresh flowers add colour and a sense of renewal and hope. We hope that residents and businesses alike take advantage of this opportunity to be the recipients of such kindness.”
“We expect the total count to be well over 1000 plants, baskets and planters,” said Verheul. “We are proud to help provide colour and life to brighten up businesses and homes during these very trying times of rebuilding.”
Participating greenhouses (so far) include Thiels Greenhouses (Bruderheim), De Vry Greenhouses (Sherwood Park), Market on 12 (Lacombe), Kuhlmanns Market Gardens and Greenhouses (Edmonton), Rainbow Greenhouses (Chilliwack and Picture Butte), Deb’s Greenhouse and U Pick Raspberries (Wildwood), Bluegrass Garden Centres Ltd. (Calgary and Red Deer), Dutch Growers (Regina), and a private donation from Bill McCurrey from the USA, a friend of the Alberta Greenhouse industry .
Michiel Verheul, 780-939-7490 (on behalf of AGGA)
Russell Thomas, 780-791-0077, ext 3018 (on behalf of United Way and The Redpoll Centre)