Get The Jump On Spring

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Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION (A $2 donation is appreciated. Visitors who choose to donate will have the opportunity to win great prizes!)
**Road Closure: Lawrence Avenue is closed west of Leslie Street. Please take an alternative route.

Join us for TBG’s 18th Annual Horticultural Open House presented by a the Ontario Horticultural Association, District 5 and the Toronto Botanical Garden.

  • Learn more about horticultural societies, garden clubs and environmental organizations (listed of exhibitors below)
  • Presentations and demonstrations (schedule below)
  • Floral design competition (rules listed below)
  • Specialty vendors & artisans
  • Free gardening advice by the Toronto Master Gardeners
  • Winter garden tour (weather permitting)
  • Gently-used gardening book sale
  • Farmers’ Market
  • Jump Café by Sequel
  • Free parking


Canadian Book Launch and Signing of Taming Wildflowers by Miriam Goldberger

Garden Hall, Lower Level Studios, Upper Level
10:30 to 11:15 Environmental Hort. Concerns
Martin Galloway
Educator, Naturalist
Design: A Different Perspective
Mary-Ann Vercammen
Floral Designer and Judge
11:30 to 12:15 Top Tips for Top Vegetables
Jane Beck
President, Master Gardeners of Ontario
Two-Burner Jam
Moira Sanders
Cookbook Author
Winter Garden Tour: What Winter Interest in Your Garden Really Means
Paul Zammit
Meet at the James Boyd Children’s Centre
(Outdoors, Weather Permitting)
12:30 to 1:15 Growing Lavender
Christine Moore
Creating Mini and Small Arrangements
Ursula Eley
Floral Designer
1:30 to 2:15 Taming Wildflowers
Miriam Goldberger
Let’s Talk Orchids!
Tena van Andel
Executive Coordinator, Toronto Master Gardeners
Winter Garden Tour: What Winter Interest in Your Garden Really Means
Paul Zammit
Meet at the James Boyd Children’s Centre
(Outdoors, Weather Permitting)
2:30 to 3:15 The Ultimate Lawn
Jeff Lowartz, CLT
Horticultural Manager, Clintar Landscape Management
Here Comes the Future
Harry Jongerden
Toronto Botanical Garden
Executive Director
Book Signing 
Taming Wildflowers
by Miriam Goldberger
In the Weston Family Library

Exhibitors: Horticultural Groups

Canada Blooms
Canadian Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society
City of Toronto Department of Parks, Forestry & Recreation
East York Garden Club
Geranium & Pelargonium & Fuschia Society
Greater Toronto Rose & Garden Society
Greater Toronto Water Garden & Horticultural Society
Ikebana International – Toronto Chapter 208
LEAF – Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests
Milne House
North American Native Plant Society
North Toronto Horticultural Society
North York Garden Club
Ohara School of Ikebana, Toronto Chapter
Ontario Horticultural Association
Ontario Delphinium Club
Ontario Iris Society
Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society
Peterborough Garden Show
Plant Paradise Country Gardens
Seeds of Diversity
Toronto African Violet Society
Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative
Toronto Botanical Garden
Toronto Cactus & Succulent Club
Toronto Field Naturalists
Toronto Master Gardeners (advice table)
Toronto Region Rhododendron & Horticultural Society

Vendors and Artisans:

Backyard Urban Farm Co
Cobalt Gallery & Clay Studio
Florabunda Seeds
Garden Making Magazine
Lily Crest Gardens
Mason House
Plant Paradise
Sunnybrook Volunteer Association Greenthumbs
The Pickle Lady
The Urban Nature Store

Organic Farmers’ Market Vendors:

Beaulance Natural and Organic Skin Care
The Bee Shop
Clay Pot Catering
Good Food for Good
Grand River Ecological Growers
Spade & Spoon
Trillium Organic Farm

Floral Show Competition:Theme: Party Time
Class 1 -  A PIECE OF CAKE – a design featuring fresh plant material, to suggest a slice of  cake or a cupcake. Space allotted: 12” wide x 12” deep.
Class 2  – PARTY FAVOUR – a miniature design, not to exceed 5” in any dimension (height, width, depth, and diagonal). Staged on 6” clear plexi cubes.
Class 3 -  STREAMERS – a design. Space allotted: 24” wide x 18” deep.
Class 4  -  CELEBRATION – cut flowers and /or cut foliage plus rooted plants, in a basket. May include cut branches.
  1. All members of Horticultural Societies and Garden Clubs in Ontario, students of the Floral Design Program at the TBG, and any other interested non-professionals are invited to enter. Exhibitors may enter any number of classes, but may submit only one exhibit per class.
  2. Entries will be received on Saturday, February 22, 2013, between 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. in the Board Room, on the Upper Level of the TBG.
  3. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry tag (to be supplied). Please include a file card with the names of all plant material used for Class 4.
  4. Plant material used in all classes may be newly acquired. No artificial plant material may be used. Any fresh cut plant material must be in water or water-retaining material.
  5. Accessories are permitted in all classes. For Class 4, sphagnum, Spanish or sheet moss is permitted. Please note that classes 1, 2 and 3 are designs, so no soil is permitted in those classes.
  6. The standard for judging will be the Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards for Horticulture and Floral Design, 2003 Edition. The entries will be judged by an accredited judge(s).
  7. Entries must remain in place until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2013. All exhibits must be removed by 5:00 p.m.
You must pre-register to participate in the Floral Design Competition. Please call Ursula Eley at 416-699-4353 and leave a message with your name, a contact number, and the classes you wish to enter. The information can also be emailed to

For vendor and booth information please contact Margaret Chasins, 416-397-1484 or
Please note: all of our vendor spaces have been sold.

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