The city of Dorval invested money into many of its floral arrangements, like the very imaginative ‘Hobbit House’ at the entrance of Windsor Park, at the start of spring.
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Dorval Mayor Edgar Rouleau visited the Hobbit House floral arrangement on Fenelon Boulevard last week.
In fact, city officials committed roughly $75,000 to plants and flowers in the 2014 budget in an effort to beautify the city.
“We invest to beautify the city, to make it more inviting, and to make our citizens proud of living in Dorval,” said Mayor Edgar Rouleau.
It also invested the money in an effort to recapture a unique horticultural distinction, the Fleurons du Quebec’s “jewels,” akin to the stars system applied to hotels.
The horticultural and arboricultural division is hoping its creative Hobbit House creation will do just that, maintaining, or improving on the four jewels – which is deemed excellent – the city received during the 5th edition of Fleurons du Quebec.
The purpose of the Hobbit House, said Martin Hamel, the city’s environment coordinator, is to “stimulate the imagination of people and to create an imaginary world for Dorval residents.”
About a dozen employees of the division, with the help of the carpentry division, devoted about a month-and-a-half of work earlier this summer to the unique floral arrangement.
According to the mayor, Dorval must maintain its floral reputation.
“The writing on our logo says “Ego Porta Mundi,” which means “I am the Door of the World,” in reference to Montreal-Trudeau Airport. Consequently, in addition to our citizens, we have many people passing through Dorval, and we wish to offer a good impression and enlighten their day,” he said.
A high floral classification doesn’t yield a monetary award for the city.