Join the party at Canada Blooms 2016
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Join the Party at Canada Blooms 2016

Masquerade-costumed manikins to teddy bear picnics feature flowers of all kinds and colours at this year’s Canada Blooms. Embodying the theme It’s a Party, flowers abound at the 20th annual festival continuing until March 20 at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

There are show gardens, floral displays and a fabulous flower market featuring Ontario grown cut flowers and potted plants all ready to welcome winter weary visitors who can hardly wait for spring. Many of the exhibits feature the little red Garvinea, a new gerbera cultivar that promises to be both cold tolerant and pest and disease resistant. No wonder it was named Canada Bloom’s plant of the year.

The TBG’s booth launched its new Botanical Bar with tasty samples of honey, maple syrup and other garden based libations. Stop by to meet TBG staff and celebrity bar tenders and learn how to infuse your urban space with plants to increase your well being and make a positive impact on the planet.

In fact, protecting the planet is emphasized in many of this year’s show gardens. The Bloom Rain Garden by Parkland Landscape, for example, demonstrates effective ways to protect our fresh water resource and keep water on site, allowing it to percolate into the earth, thus preventing storm water runoff and overloading sewer systems. Other gardens of note are Nest, a modernized elevated room, a spatial solution overtop a small garden which could be a playhouse, an urban retreat, elegant shed, studio…by b sq. Design; and Natural Flow, a waterfall/pond garden by J. Garfield Thomson Landscape Design.

The Garden of Knowledge: Choose Your Own Path by Landscape Ontario, focuses on the vast number of careers available outdoors and in green professions. Primarily, the garden shows opportunities for those who are looking to enter a career in a green profession to “Choose Your Path”.

Don’t miss the Master Gardener Speakers Series on the Garden Solution Stage with topics ranging from Fabulous Foliage to Pets in the Garden. Volunteer Master Gardeners are also on hand throughout the show to answer your gardening questions.

The schedule for the show is available at canadablooms.com. For more information or for tickets, visit canadablooms.com.

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