Long considered a Christmas bloom, the poinsettia flower, which is a symbol of good will and community spirit, will make a colourful return to Niagara Falls in a tradition that has run for over 65 years.
The Poinsettia Show at the Niagara Parks’ Floral Showhouse (7145 Niagara Pkwy) is back and this year, the picture-perfect showcase has over 1,400 poinsettias and 1,000 display plants.
As well as poinsettias, the show will also feature cyclamen, caladiums, and orchids complimenting the festive plants.
Says Niagara Parks, “This breathtaking arrangement of festive poinsettias is enhanced with a lovely selection of cyclamens, amaryllis, and orchids that wonderfully encapsulate Niagara’s Christmas spirit.”
This year, the show is running from November 19 to January 8, 2023 from noon to 8 pm and is only closed on Christmas Day.
Every year, the Floral Showhouse presents seven distinct exhibits, designed around a topic that is prepared up to three years in advance.
Says Niagara Parks, “Once a concept has been chosen, our horticulture team integrates it with plants and colours to create a new tale. Every year, the shows are adjusted and improved depending on input from our visitors.”
To the uninitiated, poinsettias are native to Central America and Southern Mexico, although they may also be found around the equator, like as in the Canary Islands. These vibrant plants can thrive in such tropical environments.
While the poinsettia was introduced to North America in the late 1800s, it wasn’t until the 1950s that these plants established a Christmas ritual in every home with the shape of the poinsettia flower thought to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem.
The Poinsettia Show at the Niagara Parks’ Floral Showhouse is running from November 19 to January 8, 2023 from noon to 8 pm. (Photos: Niagara Parks)