The Friends of the Thunder Bay Conservatory held a Mother’s Day event, which organizers have declared as another overwhelming success.
Sunday was marked as the fifth time the event was hosted by the group at the Centennial Botanical Conservatory. The event was so well attended that the parking lot was over-flowing with vehicles and a lineup was formed at the door.
Kathleen Ott, who is with the conservatory group, said when they first held the event they anticipated somewhere in the area of 50 to 100 people but instead they saw more than 300 in attendance.
“We thought that there is not a lot going on in town on Mother’s Day afternoon and the weather still isn’t good enough for people to be doing outdoor activities,” Ott said.
“It’s a free event so families can come and not spend a lot of money. Promoting the conservatory has definitely brought the conservatory back into people’s minds as a place to go and now with the expanded hours it has been a snowball effect.”
The conservatory has gone from three hours of viewing time to eight hours a day since the first event was held in January.
Ott said the last six months have been wonderful.
The Friends of the Thunder Bay Conservatory wanted the citizens to come back to the conservatory to show the city that it is a valued place and they have done that, according to Ott.
Jennifer Oshimo brought her daughters Bridgit, who is two years old, and Hayden, who is four years old, to the conservatory for the first time. She said both her daughters enjoyed the visit along with their grandparents.
This Tuesday the conservatory is teaming up with the Horticultural Society for a evening cleanup of the perennial gardens starting at 6:30 p.m. with the public invited to help out and to bring tools.