Fleurs de Villes Returns to Downtown Vancouver with ‘FEMMES’, a Celebration of Remarkable Women

From June 3-12, home-grown, global sensation Fleurs de Villes returns to downtown Vancouver with a floral trail of over 30 installations, each created by a local florist, for Fleurs de Villes FEMMES, a celebration of remarkable women. Central to this annual floral trail are 15 mannequins, each depicting a significant woman and centering this year’s theme.

Be it Lilith Fair founder Sarah MacLachlan, immigrant advocate Adrienne Clarkson, First Nations wellness influencer Shayla Stonechild or trailblazing artist Emily Carr, audiences of all ages, cultures and genders will be able to learn more about these fascinating women through beautiful displays. Images and QR codes on the floral sculptures will link to profiles of each woman highlighting their cultural and historical significance.

Supported by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, additional installations such as a flower-bombed 1957 MGA Roadster, a floral swing, a flower adorned bike and pop-up flower markets on June 4th and 11th will round out the floral trail celebrating the talents of 25 local florists. Visitors can pick up a floral trail map at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver concierge desk, visit the Fleurs de Villes website, or scan a QR code on signs at each stop to follow the trail.

Along the Fleurs de Villes floral trail, various local restaurants will be featuring special menus and pop-up patios for trail-walkers to stop, enjoy and taste floral delights, including:

  • 1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery will be serving up Fleurs de Villes floral cocktails and a delightful menu on their patio.
  • Pop inside the gorgeous and calming Holts Café to enjoy their Fleurs de Villes Afternoon Tea.
  • The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront’s P2B Bistro & Bar is a perfect floral lunch spot complete with Coal Harbour view.
  • Hawksworth Group’s Nightingale restaurant’s floral cocktail menu is always a hit, as is their blossom pizza.
  • Showcase Restaurant & Bar at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel is blooming with a special celebration of six Femmes cocktails in a custom booklet.
  • For Champagne with your floral trail, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has partnered with Veuve Clicquot, who are celebrating their 250th anniversary in Champagne.

Says co-founder Tina Barkley, “We felt that this was the ideal time to launch Fleurs de Villes FEMMES as people are starved for in-real-life, tactile and inspirational experiences that they can enjoy safely with friends and family.” Adds co-founder Karen Marshall, “Each of our shows is an entirely different experience, celebrating the local community and made possible by local partners like the DVBIA which support Fleurs de Villes events being freely and most beautifully open to the public. Flowers Make us Happy and we are delighted to return to our own backyard with this gorgeous show. We can’t wait to spread joy and tell the stories of these women, en fleurs, to honour each as truly remarkable.”

The DVBIA is once again proud and excited to be sponsoring Fleurs de Villes FEMMES, with this year’s event celebrating remarkable Canadian women,” says Nolan Marshall III, President & CEO of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA). “With the return of the cruise ships and tourists to the downtown core, this year’s Fleurs de Villes activation will have a major role in marketing Vancouver as a destination city. Fleurs de Villes’ positive impact on downtown Vancouver’s community, including its workers, residents and tourists, is why the DVBIA has been a key sponsor for five floral trails.”

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