Symphony of Roses Day

Vancouver Island Symphony

It’s a fundraiser like no other! Now in its twelfth year, the Symphony of Roses Day brings happiness and spreads smiles from Qualicum through Parksville, Nanaimo, Gabriola, and down to Ladysmith, while raising funds for the region’s very own professional orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony. On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, unsuspecting friends, loved-ones, business associates, neighbours, doctors, bankers, favourite teachers, great staff, and clients will get a surprise knock at the door from one of the many Symphony of Roses Day volunteers, and will be handed a boxed bouquet of beautiful, long-lasting, colourful, premium-growth roses.

“Roses are like music and magic,” says Marianne Turley who with husband Jim Turley has volunteered for and sponsored this event since its inception. “Just to watch a rose is so incredible. There is magic in its opening from a bud as the many petals reach a crescendo and unfurl into a magnificent bloom. It is like the notes of a symphony brought to life by an orchestra.”

This annual event not only brings joy to recipients but also a happy experience for the volunteers. “It has become tradition for volunteers like Buzz and Margaret Heath and Dave Miles who have been doing it every year. They look forward to it,” adds Turley. Volunteers fill thousands of water tubes, then on the day before the event, take each rose, strip it of thorns, and dress it ready to be placed in a box which is labelled and kept overnight in a cooler. Early on Symphony of Roses Day, volunteer drivers take the boxes and deliver them to the door of every recipient. In 2010 there were five thousand roses delivered. “Each year we have new colours and varieties,” adds Turley. “And, this year we are introducing the choice of one or two-dozen roses in a box.”

To send along a symphony of love and gratitude to someone special, call Turley’s Florist at 250-754-6344. All orders must be placed through Turley’s Florist, 60 Terminal Avenue, Nanaimo, by 4 pm on Monday, March 14, 2011. If you would prefer to pick the flowers up yourself, they will be ready from 9 am on March 16. Order by March 11 and your name will be added to two separate draws to win a dozen roses for yourself. The cost: Box of 12 roses – $30 (includes taxes etc.) or a box of 24 roses – $52. All proceeds go directly to the Vancouver Island Symphony.