(Toronto, March 2013) It’s not your everyday pop-up shop. Toronto Botanical Garden’s booth at Canada Blooms (location G-5) offers a combination of education, information, and carefully curated retail goods, all housed in an innovative setting that utilizes recycled, repainted and refurbished dressers and armoires, repurposed as display units.
The design for the booth is the brainchild of the TBG’s Creative Director, Jenny Rhodenizer, and the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture, Paul Zammit, who wanted it to speak to the TBG’s “green” mandate in a striking new way. After the show, some of the furniture will be reused at the TBG’s shop, other pieces will be sold and some will be donated to charity. Proceeds from the pop-up shop will benefit Toronto Botanical Garden, which is a registered educational charity.
The TBG booth features goods that in some way are tied to nature, such as bee products, gentle cleaning products and soaps, top quality gardening tools and accessories, seeds, rare and unusual live plants, one-of-a-kind spring wreaths, home décor items, children’s gardening tools, and much more. Many products are Canadian-made. TBG members enjoy a 10 per cent savings, and non-members can sign up and join on the spot. You can also buy the newest and best gardening books, with regularly scheduled book signings by top gardening authors. A prominent section of the booth is manned by the Toronto Master Gardeners, on hand to answer gardening questions and offer free expert advice.
The TBG is also involved in educational presentations at Canada Blooms. During the show, TBG Head Gardener Sandra Pella will give three talks:
Friday, March 15 at 12 noon, “Spring Gardening with Perennials” in the Garden Solutions Series, Room 102
Saturday, March 16, 12 noon: “TBG: The Little Garden with Big Ideas” on the Unilock Celebrity Stage
Friday, March 22 at 12 noon: “Tour the Toronto Botanical Garden: Toronto’s Oasis in the City” on the Unilock Celebrity Stage
And on Wednesday, March 20, at 12 noon, TBG Director of Education, Liz Hood, will speak on “Growing Up Green: Lessons from 15 Years of Working with Kids in the Toronto Botanical Garden’s Teaching Garden” on the Unilock Celebrity Stage.
Canada Blooms is the beginning of a busy and exciting line-up of spring events at Toronto Botanical Garden. Here is just a small sampling. To see the full range of programs, classes and events, and to learn more about the TBG, please visit our website at www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca.
TBG Lecture Series
Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Members, Free; Public $25; Students with I.D. $15
“Longwood Gardens: A Century of Inspiration” presented by Paul B. Redman, Director
Generously supported by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and The S. Schulich Foundation
Sunday, April 21 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the official opening of the TBG’s newest and largest garden, the Woodland Walk and Bird Habitat. Purchase native plants, take a free garden tour, or bring your little sprouts to plant the Alphabet Garden in the Teaching Garden. FREE.
TBG Plant Sale
Preview Day for TBG Friends and Members, May 8, 10 a.m. to 12 noon (Friends) and
12 noon to 8 p.m. (Members)
Open to the Public: May 9 and 10 from10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It’s a plant-lover’s delight, with choice perennials, annuals, vines, veggies, herbs, natives, woodies and more. TBG members enjoy a 10 per cent discount (with card).
Mother’s Day Tea & Truffle Pairing
Saturday, May 11, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Public $65; Members $55; two tickets and a one-year TBG membership for Mom: $145
Treat your Mom to a delightful afternoon of tea and chocolate truffle pairings, plus tips on tea selection and brewing from Certified Tea Sommelier Hoda Paripoush
Woman to Woman Luncheon in the Garden
Thursday, May 30, noon to 2 p.m.
Tickets: $125 each
This third annual event for women is becoming a “must attend” on many calendars. It’s a moveable feast with delicious food, fashions, music, hats and party frocks. Tickets and info: 416-397-1483 or www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca
Through the Garden Gate: Forest Hill and South Hill
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9
One day pass: Public $40; Members $35
Two-day pass: Public $52.50; members $47.50
Tour 19 exceptional private gardens in two of Toronto’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. Hop on-hop off bus service provided. Tickets and info: 416-397-1483 or www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca.
For more information,
Aldona Satterthwaite, Executive Director, at 416-397-1346 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Rhodenizer, Creative Director, at 416-819-2191 or email@example.com
The Toronto Botanical Garden offers an array of 17 award-winning themed gardens spanning nearly four acres, designed to educate and inspire. You’ll also find a complete range of innovative indoor and outdoor learning experiences for all ages including programs, garden tours, nature day camps, field trips and an extensive horticultural library; LEED Silver Certified Building with an energy-efficient sloping green roof and award-winning ecologically conscious design; rental facilities; garden shop and seasonal café.