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Get The Jump On Spring

Saturday, February 21, 2015
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Beat the winter blues at our annual open house for the horticultural community with live displays, free gardening advice, talks, demonstrations and floral design competition. Enjoy lunch in the Jump Café and browse specialty vendors, artisans and the Garden Shop.

Those who donate will be entered in Free Draws, 1 Every Hour!

Join us for TBG’s 19th Annual Horticultural Open House presented by the Ontario Horticultural Association, District 5 and Toronto Botanical Garden.

  • Learn more about horticultural societies, garden clubs and environmental organizations20+ exhibitors (horticultural societies, garden clubs & environmental organizations)
  • Garden related vendors
  • Demonstrations and presentations
  • ‘Love in Bloom’ floral design competition including two NEW youth design classes (Download the competition criteria)
  • Toronto Master Gardeners on hand to answer your gardening queries
  • Winter garden tour (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) with Sandra Pella, Head Gardener
  • Organic farmer’s market
  • JUMP Café
  • Special discounts in the Garden Shop
  • Gently used gardening book sale
  • NEW Drop-in childcare (ages 4 to 10) Fee: $6 for the first hour, $9 up to 90 minutes.

Seven different clubs and societies were represented among the winners of this year’s competition, judged by Mary Audia of the Milne House Garden Club.

This year’s theme was “Love in Bloom,” and winners were:

Class 1, Bride – 1st Place: Emily Mazi, Niagara Falls Horticultural Society; 2nd Place: Heather Sinopoli, Riverdale Horticultural Society; 3rd Place: Barb Elend, East Gwillimbury Garden and Horticultural Society; Honourable Mentions: Ellen Power and Sandra Theberge, both East Gwillimbury Garden and  Horticultural Society.

Class 2, Groom  – 1st Place: Heather Sinopoli; 2nd Place: Emily Mazi; 3rd Place: Sandra Theberge; Honourable Mentions: Ellen Power and Barb Elend.

Class 3, Tying the Knot – 1st Place, Margaret Betts, Garden Club of Toronto; 2nd Place: Heather Gray, Leaside Garden Club; 3rd Place: Joan Rogers, East Gwillimbury Garden and Horticultural Society; Honourable Mention: Alexandra Lazarevski, Scarborough Horticultural Society, and Emily Mazi.

Class 4, Happily Ever After – 1st Place: Lynn Smith, North York Garden Club; 2nd Place: Emily Mazi.

Youth Classes 5A and B, Fairy Ring – 1st Place: Simon Mazi, age 6, Niagara Falls Horticultural Society; 2nd Place: Kristen Huang, age 11,North York Garden Club

Garden Hall, Lower Level

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
What To Do in Winter – You Still Have a Month!
Veronica Callinan, Garden Enthusiast

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
No Guff Vegetable Gardening
Steven Biggs, Writer, Journalist, Speaker

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Building Biodiversity with Native Plants
Paul LaPorte, Consultant, Owner, Ephemeral Ark Nursery

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
I Love Bugs
Malcolm Geast, Garden and Insect Photographer

2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
What is New and What is Really New!
Jack Kent, Co-Owner, the Potting Shed Nursery

Studios, Upper Level

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Floral Art – New Creative but Fun Designs
Rosemary Dobson, Designer and Judge

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Gardening for Life – Using Horticulture as Therapy
Margaret Nevett, Horticultural Therapist

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Variations on a Theme – Design Duplications!
Lil Tovey, Floral Designer (and addict!)

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
Garlic: Growing and Braiding Plus a Little Bit More
Bryan Mailey, Garlic Grower and Lecturer

2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
Tips and Treasures from Gardens Around the World
Marjorie Mason, Lecturer, Plant Lover, Global Traveler


For vendor and booth information, please contact Margaret Chasins, 416-397-1484 or business@torontobotanicalgarden.ca

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    Seeking to attend:
    11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    Gardening for Life – Using Horticulture as Therapy
    Margaret Nevett, Horticultural Therapist
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    What activities will the children be able to do? is the childcare free? please advise.

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