Valentine’s Day cheer blossoms at NC



Pictured: Michael Yednoroz, Linhaven resident and ‘king of Linhaven.’ poses with a floral arrangement donated to the residence by Niagara College’s School of Environmental and Hortucultural Studies.


Valentine’s Day arrived early at Linhaven, thanks to NC’s School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, Floral Design instructor Peter Thompstone and manager, Campus Development, Greenhouse and Nursery, Jim Thomson had a special delivery for the St. Catharines-based seniors’ residents – about 60 Valentine’s Day floral arrangements.

The arrangements were created students in Thompstone’s Floral Design classes. 

“We are hoping this will bring them a little cheer,” said Thompstone. “It’s important to stress to students the importance of giving back to the community, and the students were quite pleased about it all.”

Each mounted arrangements, made of up a colourful mix of carnations and roses, comes with a card that says ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ and is signed by the NC student who created it.

“The flower arrangements were brought to each resident dining room so that every resident of our home could enjoy the beautiful flowers,” said Kristin Mechelse, coordinator of volunteers at Linhaven.  “It certainly helped to brighten the day of the 248 residents who live at Linhaven.”

Mechelse thanked the College on behalf of the residents and staff at Linhaven.

“Residents and staff have commented that the arrangements were so nice they didn’t believe they were real,” she said.

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