Floral Showhouse Poinsettia Show
The holiday season has arrived in technicolour at Niagara Parks’ Annual Poinsettia Show, a visitor favourite and Niagara tradition for over 65 years. The theme of this year’s show, Technicolour Christmas, showcases extravagant holiday arrangements with a colourful kaleidoscopic twist.
See vibrant poinsettias, cyclamen, azaleas, Christmas cactus, paperwhite narcissus and more at the Annual Poinsettia Show on display at the Floral Showhouse.
Always in Bloom
The Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse is a lush oasis, just a short walk south from Niagara Falls and Table Rock Centre. Collections of orchids, succulents, and other tropical plant species are on display throughout the year, along with floral shows that reflect the changing seasons. With seven shows per year, something new is always in bloom.Learn More
Changing the show
Each year, there are seven unique displays inside the Floral Showhouse. Each exhibit begins with a theme which is planned up to three years in advance.
Our horticulture team connects the theme with plants and colours to tell a story. It’s also an opportunity to flex our talent and to showcase elements our guests have come to enjoy year after year.
The Poinsettia Show connects with our culture and holds a traditional place during this festive time of year. Guests will discover a wide range of colours this year with over 35 varieties of poinsettias including “Christmas Mouse” and “Autumn Leaves”.
Caring for Poinsettias
More than 1400 poinsettias and 1000 display plants are grown to create the Annual Poinsettia Show. These beautiful, festive plants are highlighted by Cyclamen, Caladiums and Orchids.
Poinsettias are a tropical plant and enjoy adequate amounts of sunlight. They prefer medium rich, well-drained soils and don’t mind being pinched from time to time by our growers. These plants are sensitive to extreme low or high temperatures, which is why they perform so well inside our greenhouses where conditions are consistent.
The biggest challenge of growing poinsettias is ensuring they have sufficient daylight vs nighttime hours. About 10 weeks prior to the show, the Niagara Parks horticulture team darkens the greenhouses to make sure the poinsettias are not disturbed by even the slightest amount of light.
The show runs for five weeks. To keep it looking its best, we reserve about 10% of our crops to refresh the display as needed.
Every evening, the Floral Showhouse is transformed into a spectacular light display. The colours were inspired by our connection to the beauty of the rainbow over Niagara Falls, and the surrounding community. Each colour, strung from the ceiling of the North and Centre Houses, represent something different.
Red – In recognition of our national pride and Canadian heritage, the colour red is used inside the Centre House.
Yellow – Symbolizes our connection to the Niagara community and its ‘Crush the Curve’ initiative.
Blue – In support and recognition of healthcare and frontline workers, blue showcases our gratitude for their dedication to keeping us healthy and safe.
Purple – In solidarity with our colleagues in the hospitality and tourism industry, purple honours these hard working industries during this difficult time.
Green – During this challenging time, green represents peace and mindfulness.
Where do the Poinsettias come from?
Poinsettias originate in Central America and Southern Mexico. They can even be found around the equator in places like Canary Island. Some believe the ancient Aztecs made a purple dye for clothing and cosmetics from the bracts.
Can you imagine seeing a poinsettia as large as a tree? In tropical regions, these colourful plants can grow that big!
The poinsettia is a celebrated plant and is a symbol of good cheer and success which was adopted in North America in the late 19th century. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that these plants became a holiday tradition among every household.
What happens to the plants when the show is over
Once the colours begin to fade and the bracts fall off the plant after the holiday season, our plant experts work to maintain the special varieties for the following year. They carefully cut back the stems just below the flowers.
See if you can keep your poinsettia growing all year, then transplant it outside in the summer where it will enjoy the warm temperatures and all-day sunshine!
Visitors to the show are invited to also enjoy the surrounding outdoor grounds, including the Artist Garden featuring dozens of illumination displays, along with the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights happening throughout Queen Victoria Park!