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Make a floral display for Mother's Day

Award-winning Louisa Lam will be at Place des Arts in Coquitlam on May 11.
Louisa Lam
Louisa Lam

With spring now in full bloom, you may want to snip a few garden florals for your home.

And, at Place des Arts next Friday, for the final pARTy@PdA of the season, the Coquitlam venue will show how to make your flower displays stand out.

Louisa Lam, the head instructor of the Professional Floral Art Certificate Program at Vancouver’s Langara College, will lead adult students in a class called Blooms & Bubbly.

A former cartographer in her native Hong Kong, Lam moved to Canada in 1990 at the recommendation of a friend and, over the past 25 years, she’s taught western-style flower arranging to more than 1,400 students through Langara and the Vancouver School Board as well as other shows around the world.

But it’ll be her first time instructing at Place des Arts.

To learn how to arrange flowers, “students first have to have a passion,” Lam told The Tri-City News last month. “They have to be eager, have a good attitude and be curious.”

At her upcoming night class in Coquitlam, Lam will start with the demonstration “then I just let them do their own thing. There are guidelines and I will help them, but every one is different.”

Lam will supply the materials for the lesson; however, she’s unsure what flowers will be used.

She’s hoping students will create a lovely Mother’s Day table arrangement — “a bouquet that’s fresh and smells nice, looks attractive and done with love.”

• Blooms & Bubbly takes place on Friday, May 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). Tickets are $26 per person, or $42 for two people — plus another $50 for supplies (participants are asked to bring their own pruning shears and wire). The price also includes refreshments and a cash bar will be open. To sign up, call 604-664-1636 or visit

Louisa Lam