Hamilton’s free Mum Show kicks off this weekend and it will bring back some memories

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Published October 19, 2021 at 11:56 am

Hamilton’s renowned Mum Show kicks off this coming weekend and it promises to be a nostalgic experience.

The show runs between Friday, October 22 and Sunday, October 31 at the Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse and it will celebrate 101 years of the Fall Garden & Mum Show.

This year’s theme, in fact, is ‘A Walk Down Memory Lane’ which will feature floral displays inspired by themes of years past, including ‘Mums & Steel’, ‘Once Upon a Toy’ and ‘A Walk in the Woods.’

The show, developed and created by the city’s horticulture team, highlights more than 200 varieties of chrysanthemums and more than 100,000 blooms.

This year, admission to the show is free after Ward 6 Councillor Tom Jackson and Ward 3 Councillor Nrinder Nann introduced a motion to waive this year’s fees for attendees at a Public Works meeting earlier this month.

Nann brought forth the motion as the pandemic has forced organizers to limit some elements of the show and capacity limits are in place and she said when introducing it that she felt waiving fees was the “decent and fair” thing to do for members of the community dealing with the fallout of the pandemic.

This is the second year in a row that the $7.25 admission fee to the Mum Show has been waived for residents.

While admission is free, visitors are encouraged to reserve tickets online in order to secure entry to the show.

“Masks or face coverings are required and public health guidelines will be in effect,” a City of Hamilton press release said.

“Members of the public are reminded that proof of vaccination and valid ID are required under provincial direction.”

Access to the Greenhouse is somewhat tricky these days as the main walkway through Gage Park is in the midst of an upgrade.

The City said the best way to access the Greenhouse for the duration of the show is via the Lawrence Road entrance.

For full details about the Fall Garden & Mum Show and to reserve a timeslot, visit the City’s website.

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