Brampton, the third largest city of the province of Ontario, was historically known as the flower city of Canada. Population has grown to almost 523,911 in 2011 and therefore, infrastructure has increased. However, the heritage of being the flower town is secure. Heritage of nurseries, parks, orchids and flower markets is the prime reason of being called as flower city. Acres of land in the city are offering parks and glass greenhouses which add to the beauty of the city and enhance the opportunities of outdoor activities for the citizens. Brampton is a multicultural city and more than 170 distinct cultures are inhabiting the area and speaking almost 70 various languages. This reveals that the city is also enjoying the fruit of festivities from different cultural heritage along with a common regional heritage of blooming flowers. The floral heritage has been attributed the city a chance to gain importance in international economy and find other opportunities for manufacturing and trade.
Originally there were farmlands spread to almost every direction of the city and later nook and cranny of Brampton was covered with glass greenhouses that were carrying out their businesses as retail and whole sale markets. Almost 48 nurseries in the city were entirely for growing hothouse flowers. The greenhouses of the city were all visited by celebrities and government personnel for recreation purposes. There were famous Estates and the most known was Dale Estate that offered overt 500,000 varieties of plants and roses were their signature. Various species of roses were introduced in the market, local and international. These roses were famous for their quality and production range of millions. Almost 140 greenhouses were producing different orchid plants. This is just one estate but Brampton has gained repute from being a small village to a flower town of international significance.
The heritage was not only adopted by locals as a hobby rather there were organizations or flower companies that set up their businesses officially and owned acres and acres of glass greenhouses. Exhibitions and elaborated flower beds were formed for showcasing the flowers to various markets and business purposes. Parades were organized and yearly grown flower themes were used for the parades. City decoration and plantation was also themed according to seasonal flowers. This is clandestine behind the amazing town which now seems to be a city of economic boost and home of almost 8000 businesses. The title of the “Flower Town” was not maintained due to other flourishing businesses but is again claimed by Brampton and flower heritage has been revitalized and the city is internationally competing for being in the list of International Communities in Bloom.
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