Lack Of Volunteers Prompts Cancellation Of 101-Year-Old Redlands Flower Show

REDLANDS ( — The Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society’s Spring Flower Show has been canceled after 101 years due to a lack of volunteers.

Barbara Herold told KCAL9’s Tom Wait that she had a winning entry in last year’s show.

“It does take people to get the vases for people to put their flowers in. You need to have the staffing to know what the plants are,” she said.

Wait reports that marketing, judges and a host of other duties all require volunteer positions.

“We tried very hard to put it together, but if you don’t have the staffing for it, you just don’t have the staffing for it,” Herold said. “Some of the key people that had been helping for years were not able to help this year.”

Even without the flower show, the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society is still going strong. Volunteers maintain a plant yard and work in the gardens of local schools and other public spaces.

“Everything is donated. So everything we sell, we make profit, and we raise money for the garden club. And, in the past, we’ve given a lot of money to the schools,” a woman said.

The society will also continue to host a home garden tour and plant sale, which takes place April 26 and April 27.


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