From Canada Blooms 2017: Whether you are creating a small space or container garden in your condo or a huge backyard oasis, Canada Blooms: The Flower and Garden Festival offers you an opportunity to shop for useful and unique items, meet with garden experts and enjoy a great day out. So, leave the winter blahs behind and get a jump on the garden season.
Canada Blooms, started in 1996 by the Garden Club of Toronto and Landscape Ontario, hosted their first garden festival in 1997. They drew more than 70,000 visitors to the opening and that’s grown to over 90,000 in 2011 – clearly Canadians have green thumbs.
From 2012: Canada Blooms: March 16 to 25
Canada Blooms 2012 will share Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto with the National Home Show from March 16 to 25 and it’s promising to be exciting and beautiful. This year’s theme will be ‘City Culture’ highlighted by six acres of gardens, free lectures and demos by the stars of gardening and horticulture, Garden Hall’s floral competitions, and JUNO Rocks Gardens.
“JUNO Rocks” Gardens
CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), landscape architects and JUNO nominated artists will create 2012’s “JUNO Rocks” gardens in which the landscape artist will highlight their musician’s personal style and taste in a dedicated garden.
This year the featured artists are Feist, Sarah Slean, Keshia Chanté, Royal Wood and Jann Arden.
My favorite from 2011 was the garden of artist Carolyn Dawn Johnson done with with Evergreen Environments. Carolyn’s garden was inspired by ‘Teach Me’ from her latest album Love Rules. Her roots are in rural Alberta and she loves natural plants, ponds, and the evergreens that inspired the theme of her garden. (Photo credit: julesdesign.ca)
More about JUNO Rocks Gardens
Garden Hall Competitions
Canadian and international floral designers will show off their creativity in City Culture categories – gardens for condo living, cosmopolitan, vintage, tranquil and vibrant gardens.
Designers at last year’s competition transformed Garden Hall into a floral art gallery showing off the smallest of hand-tied bouquets to brilliantly creative landscapes.
For this year’s competition, the entrance to Garden Hall will feature the designs of Bruno Duarte, whose Fresh Floral Creations studio in Toronto is often mistaken for an art gallery. Check Fresh Florals on Facebook for a preview of their displays at Canada Blooms 2012 in Direct Energy Centre, wow!
Toronto Botanical Gardens
Guest speakers on Canada Blooms’ Unilock Celebrity Stage will talk about urban gardening, balcony gardening and container gardening. I can’t wait to hear about Container and Balcony Gardening.
Allan Kling of Urban Garden will present Cityscaping, educators Liz Hood, Natalie Harder and Jasmine Green will bring us Kidscaping, and Marjorie Mason of Mason House Gardens will highlight the exciting art of Foodscaping. Hot topics in gardening will be presented at Lunch and Learn.
At Toronto Botanical Gardens’ shop near the main stage guests will find the newest gardening books, summer-flowering bulbs, seeds, custom terra cotta pots; and bee products made with beeswax and honey from the TBG hives.
There’s tons more info and photos from previous years on the Canada Blooms website. One day I will be at Canada Blooms but for this year it’s a virtual visit for me!