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Winter Olympics ‘Medallion’ on display


February 19, 2010
By Dave Harrison


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Winter Olympics 'Medallion' on display

Vancouver Medallion 

The world now knows the Vancouver region has an impressive
climate. A spectacular planting of ‘Vancouver Medallion’ helleborus was
unveiled in Stanley Park in early February.

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vancouver_medallionFeb. 19, 2010, Vancouver – The world now knows the Vancouver region has an impressive
climate. A spectacular planting of ‘Vancouver Medallion’ helleborus was
unveiled in Stanley Park in early February. The idea of showcasing a perennial
in bloom in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics belongs to The Garden Club of
Vancouver. The intention was to showcase the region’s diverse climate; very few
cities can host the Winter Games while at the same time enjoying early garden
flowers.

The garden club’s Terri Clark suggested a hellebore variety
would be suitable, and John Schroeder of Heritage Perennials selected and named
it ‘Vancouver Medallion.’ This is a robust and floriferous variety bred in
Belgium at the nursery of Het Wilgenbroek, and introduced as ‘Candy Love.’

The high profile planting at Stanley Park (photo) consists of 750
plants, arranged in stylized curves to match ski runs and snow on the nearby
North Shore mountains.